unexpected boat rides: mandalay to bagan

Imagine spending all day floating down a river, sunshine on your face, completely able to zone out, staring at the river bank and the hills beyond, tea and toast in hand.

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That is what taking the ferry down the Irrawaddy River was like.

Relaxation & bliss.

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We woke up early and caught a taxi to the pier at six.

Yes, six in the morning.

Onboard, we were given two slices of toast and either coffee or tea for breakfast.

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The boat ride is 10 hours, so you’re bound to arrive at about 5pm. I’d only recommend this if you’re into mindless staring and observation or if you’re in a good need of a relaxing day. It’s an absolutely wonderful time if you’re into slow travel 🙂

I actually really enjoyed the slow travel, as I always always always reflect on my life and count my blessings.

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I caught up on blogging, wrote in my journal, and took a step back from busy traveling to appreciate the moment I was in… and it was definitely worth the appreciation 🙂

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Lunch is also provided at around 12/12:30 and you get your choice of fried rice or noodles. If you’d like, you can purchase sodas, and if you’re feeling a little cheeky, cold beer.

Although blankets are provided, I’d bring a jacket. It’s quite cold in the morning and when the wind hits, but it’s quite warm for the rest of the day! If it gets too hot/cold outside, there’s also your real seat downstairs… but with views like these, it was hard to go inside. I didn’t even touch my assigned seat.

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What do you think? Would you give the boat a go?

 

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