An Excursion into Thayet – Checking Out  a Local High School

As we sailed into Thayet late in the afternoon,  the skies were cloudy but the sun just came out enough for me to take this amazing photo of the White Pagoda.  I researched the White Pagoda in Thayet and have been unable to find its name so I will continue to call it the White Pagoda.

Our excursion began at 8:30 am, we hopped on a bus and our first stop was a local high school.  It was a teacher meeting day so we didn’t see any students.

Lovely school from the outside

Traditionally, the school libraries are not where students sit and read or even utilize the research materials.  They must have special permission to use any of the books.

We took a look in the library – all the books were locked in cabinets
Desks in the library
Second-floor hall.
I peeked into one of the classrooms – very spartan

I think all of us were surprised at the lack of care inside the classrooms and generally inside the building.  It was the same in the primary school we saw in Danuphyu. The upkeep of buildings, houses, and their general care do not seem to be an important part of their culture. I did some research on the waste management situation and you can find quite a few articles concerning how problematic it is for the country.

Teachers are recognized by their white tops and green longyis

Myanmar’s First Golf Course

The next place our excursion took us was to Myanmar’s first Golf Course built by the British in 1887.

Our bus and driver’s assistant.  He gave us wipes and hand sanitizer every time we got back on the bus. He also ran interference any time there were traffic problems. 


As you can read, the club was affiliated with St. Andrews Golf Club but not any longer. The guide mentioned that they were going to try to connect again with St. Andrews.
Just to let you know there are approximately 1500 Kyats to the dollar.
Golf staff – they organized some putting practice for the group
Here is the group taking turns putting on the green – Shawn and I were busy taking photos
A woman and her son – she worked in the golf store
Another member of the golf club staff
Cows across the street from the club – See the ladies sitting in the grass.

White Pagoda and A Walk Back To the Boat

The last stop on our excursion was the White Pagoda,  We spent quite a bit of time there and afterward we were able to return to the boat on foot.  We saw a lot of people along the way who made good photography subjects. The people were always willing to have their photos taken and enjoyed seeing themselves on the camera.

View of the White Pagoda from our balcony
Looking up to the top
Front of the White Pagoda


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Enjoyable Walk Back To the Boat

We enjoyed our walk back to the boat.  It was a sunny day and we had a shady path.  The people we met along the way were very friendly.

I saw small shrines like this in most of the villages we visited.
Very friendly monk.  He stopped to talk with our Buddhist guide.
The monk as he continues down the path with his alms bowl
The Banyan tree is important in the Buddhist religion. It is considered sacred because after attaining enlightenment, the Buddha is believed to have sat under a Banyan tree for seven days.
Our guide stopped to talk with this elderly lady and found out that she was 92 years old. We took her picture and then showed it to her.
I think this young girl was the grandchild of the elderly lady
Little girl with her grandfather
Sanctuary Ananda waiting for us!

After another delicious lunch, we sailed off to Minhla to see the fort which was important during the third and final Anglo-Burmese war.  Read more about it in my next post.



4 thoughts

  1. I guess, some people do not look after the property well, or maybe they can not afford a cleaner to clean the school. At least you had a great experience and look into local life/ the school in the country.


  2. Enjoying your adventure and your blog. The pictures are fantastic; the people, nature, the pagoda all are wonder ful. How do you get the places names spelled right. Do pronouce them like they look?? Thanks for all your work to write it up and post them on your blog. Love you Judy


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