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Cruising The Irrawaddy River at Sunset

Irrawaddy River meaning 'elephant river' flows through Myanmar from North to South emptying in the Indian Ocean. It has been a vital part of the local every day lives as it serves as the countries economic survival. Local goods and export have been transported through the river for centuries.

Irrawaddy river

After having climbed the highly recommended Mount Popa, 777 steps which not only hardened our calves but sent a piercing pain through our knees on our descent, we needed time to relax while still taking in some beautiful views and culture of Myanmar.

Close to sunset, we headed to the Irrawaddy River to catch a private wooden open-deck boat. Soon as we parked and walked towards the boat, kids and women a like selling handmade goods walked with us. Throwing at us what little English, Spanish, and Hebrew words they knew. We must have given them the impression that we were from one of these countries, but in fact we were Muslim Arabs from the Middle East that have always had a curiosity for the Far East.

irrawaddy river

Soon as we got comfortable on our boat we headed north up the river passing villagers, fisherman, as well as the many pagodas visible in the distance. It was surely a wonderful way to be looking at the lives of the Burmese from a distance while catching the sunset.

sunset on the irrawaddy river

One of the beautiful views we managed to capture was of the Bu Phaya Pagoda that was built in the 3rd Century. In 1975, an earthquake demolished and tore quite a few Pagodas across the country. One of them was the Bu Phaya which has been renovated since into a beautiful unique golden Pagoda. This is another great place to watch the sunset.

Bu Phaya Pagoda view from the Irrawaddy River

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