A Day in Mandalay / by David Johnstone

5.30AM: SUNRISE ON TAUNGTHAMAN LAKE, AMARAPURA, MYANMAR    I took a boat with another traveller to watch the sunrise at U-Bein Bridge, the World’s largest teak footbridge at 1300 yards

5.30AM: SUNRISE ON TAUNGTHAMAN LAKE, AMARAPURA, MYANMAR

I took a boat with another traveller to watch the sunrise at U-Bein Bridge, the World’s largest teak footbridge at 1300 yards

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7.30AM: TEXTILES FACTORY, AMARAPURA, MYANMAR

A fortuitous glimpse at an open door persuades me to enter a small, working textiles factory. The sweat and toil is pervasive as the workers create everything from spinning to dyeing with only rudimentary equipment, outdated looms and sheer graft. A remarkable insight into a world that existed back home in Dundee, Scotland many years ago and which my Mother still remembers. It was even more primitive here though; men washing the fabric by pounding their feet in large basins; the cauldron of steam and burning charcoal; and the heat and dirt of work and industry.

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9AM TO NOON: THE STREETS OF MANDALAY

People everywhere selling their wares, preparing or selling food, mending the roads or simply watching. A vibrant, active cacophony of motion and commerce. 

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MIDDAY & AFTERNOON: HOTEL ROYAL PEARL HOTEL MANDALAY 

Out of the midday heat with wonderful views across town from the privacy of my room.

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SUNSET AT THE SOON U PONYA SHIN PAGODA

The monks come out to play as the sun sets. The young monks, schooled from an early age near the Pagoda, converse and frolic in the gathering darkness. 

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 AND SO TO BED...

A full day completed. And a good night’s sleep awaits.