Monday, June 4, 2012

U Bein Bridge

U Bein bridge is the longest teak bridge in the world and is 1.2km long.  For all that length it still only has 4 concrete piles. Most people put this on their itinerary for the atmospheric sunset and photos of monks silhouetted against the orange sunset. Scenes like these from Google images ...
ubein sunset2

We didn't get this. We headed out there, about 20 minutes from the city centre, at 4pm (taxi 20,000ky return incl waiting time). And began our walk to the other side. 

u bein start

We looked at the view and the people.  We did notice the sky getting darker and the farmers starting to herd their ducks home – shades of Ping, by Marjorie Flack

ping

Then as we were returning from the other side the wind came up and the rain started, just lightly at first. 

rain start

But it didn't last and torrential downpour started.

wet monks

Totally exposed we got soaked to the skin.

As we sat sopping into the seats of the taxi on the ride back to the hotel we saw scene after scene of children either naked or in their underwear, playing in the rain, running and jumping and celebrating the arrival of the rain and the break in the oppressive heat. At the same time many of their parent were working with shovels and sticks to clear the drains as torrents of water flowed.

Back in town a change of clothes and a return to the Mann restaurant of last night. Some spring rolls, tempura pork and a number of beers for 12,000 ky

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