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.
That is what taking the ferry down the Irrawaddy River was like.
Relaxation & bliss.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
What do you think? Would you give the boat a go?