When we went to visit the Maha Myat Muni Paya, the second holiest pilgrimage site in Myanmar, a few people expressed some disappointment. They had seen the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the holiest pilgrimage site in Myanmar, and Maha Myat Muni was paling in comparison.
I’ve been on the road for a month! And… I haven’t worked very hard to get myself into an Internet cafe and posting every leg of the trip like I want to. Like I still plan to do. But here’s a snapshot of the past month, plus a preview of the next three weeks, as determined by the airplane tickets in my possession:
The Kuang Si Waterfalls quickly turned out to be the day trip of choice in Luang Prabang. There was an option for another waterfall, a cave full of Buddha statues, and a mahout (elephant rider) course that I was curious about, but I figured I could do that in Thailand (…haha).
The catch with the Kuang Si Waterfalls trip was that you wanted to get a group of about 5 people together so that you could get a favorable price with the tuk tuk driver. It was day 2 in Luang Prabang and I was 0 for 2 on this score: the friend I had made on the bus from Vientiane had made alternative transportation arrangements, and the odd Spanish fellow from Si Phan Don was interested but non-committal.