Bagan Dinner On Sandbank On Irrawady River

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BAGAN - Dinner on Sandbank on Irrawady river

Date: 5th November 2016

We made our way to the River and onto our boat via a hard mud slope with many cracks!  No jetties here but perfectly safe.

The start was inauspicious as the 'outboard motor' if I can call it that (It's an outboard on a very long extention arm) got caught up with that of the neighbouring boat and our driver had to jump into the river to disentangle the two outboards. (If you or I fell into the river we'd probably catch something nasty but the locals wash in it, drink it (boiled I hope)  and must become immune to the germs.)   Then we were on our way and again were thwarted with regard to a gorgeous sunset because there were more clouds - but they did make for interesting photographs.

We were to have dinner on a sandbank but when we arrived the sandbank was devoid of anything except us. Had they forgotten, had we got the wrong date.  No - within minutes two boats arrived - one carrying the chairs, tables and food and the other the 'entertainment'.  Whilst everything was set up we were treated to copious amounts of rum punch - don't worry it was well watered down and I think we were all wondering how we would disembark the boat on the return journey.

I can't tell you how excellent was the dinner, the service and the entertainment - made even more romantic as we became enveloped in total darkness broken up by the occasional fully lit Pagodas on the distant hills.

It was difficult to get decent photos of our lovely dinner so I'll give you this one of myself and our lovely Burmese guide Ngi Ngi 'doing' Titanic.

BAGAN - Dinner on Sandbank on Irrawady river

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