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    Tropical Heat Tour: Myanmar Part 18

    Monday, September 10, 2012
    Nyaung-U, Myanmar

    A Burmese hot rod in Nyaung-U, Myanmar.

    Not a drop of rain fell from the sky today, but, unfortunately, I couldn’t visit more temples because the bus to Yangon was due to leave at 6:00 pm, and there’s no way I was about to get all sweaty and thrashed right before that. So, I spent the afternoon cooped up inside May Kha Lar, working on yesterday’s story and photos, and eating lunch and dinner at Shwe Moe. As 6:00 arrived, so did the bus. I didn’t even have to walk down to the terminal. It picked me up right out in front of the hotel. This bus was much newer and cleaner than the ones I rode from Yangon to Mandalay and from there to Bagan. Surprisingly, there was plenty of legroom, too, which is a first. When the guy in front of me leaned his seat all the way back, it didn’t even touch my knees.

    A billboard-choked cafe in Nyaung-U, Myanmar.

    The narrow road heading Southeast out of Bagan was paved most of the way, with a couple of dirt creek crossings. After a couple of hours, we pulled out onto the main highway that runs between Mandalay and Yangon. It’s made out of concrete and boasts two lanes in each direction divided by a median. Once you’re on this road, it’s fairly smooth sailing. At a snack / bathroom stop, I saw a really huge, weird-looking bug with a body that was two inches wide and just about as thick. It had pinchers and a huge leg spread–almost as big as the palm of your hand. Also, it must have been into death rock, because it was all black. Back on the bus, as usual, I managed to nod off for a couple of hours right before the end of the trip.

    All covered up and no place to go in Nyaung-U, Myanmar.

    One last meal at Shwe Moe in Nyaung-U, Myanmar.

    Roll over photos for captions.
    Words and photos ©2012 Arcane Candy.

    One response to “Tropical Heat Tour: Myanmar Part 18”

    1. Poison Pie says:

      I want to see a picture of the death rock bug!

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