Our boat had an early sailing so we had plenty of time to enjoy the scenery along the way.  We spent a lot of time on our balcony.  The beds faced the window so it was easy to see the sights.  Sometimes the river was very wide but other times it was so narrow that you could really get an idea of the river life and how important it was to the people. The people on shore and even in passing boats waved at us as we sailed by.  Here are some of the sights we saw as we sailed to Minhla.

IMG_9545

IMG_9531
Pagodas and more pagodas

IMG_9563

IMG_0558
Unusual to see a house without stilts near the river
IMG_9577
Little house on stilts
IMG_9582
Exposed tree roots near Minhla
IMG_9517
Thatched hut might have been built to store harvested crops.  I took this photo when heavy rains made us halt our trip for an hour or so and saw these men collecting some kind of grasses.
IMG_9616
People down by the riverside
IMG_9626
Modern looking bridge
IMG_9600
Thatched house
IMG_9592
Lots of children waved to us
IMG_9604
An unusual mix of materials used to build a house

IMG_9627

IMG_9639
Beautiful sky as the sun was going down

IMG_9647

IMG_9644
So many pagodas that it was hard to get excited to see another one!
IMG_9599
Even the babies waved – very friendly people!

The changing colors of the sky were magical.  Many mornings it was cloudy and overcast but usually by late afternoon the sun would be peeking through.  The further north we traveled the less rain we seemed to encounter.  We had some beautiful days and evenings.

That evening after we had docked in Minhla, the dining room seats were organized in one long line.  Shawn and I sat with an English gentleman and his Thai partner.  We also had the director of the company who was aboard, sitting with us. He was originally from South Africa.  We had some interesting conversations.

The company presented us with several gifts.  The first was the longyi – the traditional garment worn by men and women. That evening we were presented with a small purse that had the same picture on it as the painting on our wall.

IMG_9512
Painting on our wall which was the same as the purse we were given

The third gift was the bamboo umbrella which had the name of the boat on it and was orange in color, and a final gift was a gold leaf which we could add to any Buddha statue for good luck. I kept mine as a souvenir.

The next morning Shawn and I had an early breakfast and were surprised when Thu Thu sat down with us.  She mentioned since the boat had the gangplank already up that we could leave early if we wanted to and then meet the group at our regular time outside.  Shawn and I quickly finished breakfast and got ready to go.  The Fort was just a walk away and it was fun to be out early on our own to check it out.

Take a look at the next post to see what we saw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thought

Leave a Comment!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.