We took a day-trip to Inwa, an ancient capital of Burma, and it was probably the best day we spent in the Mandalay area. Although it was quite a tourist-y decision, there was really no other choice but to take a horse-drawn carriage through the old town of Inwa, and we ended up enjoying it a lot. Inwa really consists mainly of old temples and monasteries that you can explore.
The landscape around Inwa is more like what my naive self imagined Mandalay to be — lush, tropical, and peaceful. The dirt roads were lined by enormous trees, and we also traversed through many beautiful banana farms.
U Bein Bridge
After our Inwa exploring, we ended the day by walking over the Thaungthaman Lake on U Bein Bridge. The scenery was beautiful, and many tourists enjoy it during sunset; however it was jarring to see families living in tents or huts beneath the bridge while we enjoyed a leisurely evening stroll.
We planned to visit Min Kun on our last day in Mandalay; however… we got food poisoning again 😐 Luckily, I didn’t feel too terrible, but I can’t say the same for poor Mitch!
Burma was a beautiful, interesting, and off the beaten path place in southeast Asia to visit. We learned so much, enjoyed the hospitality of the wonderful people, and really put our needs into perspective. The trip was emotional for me, and heading back to familiar Bangkok (for the third time this trip) allowed me some respite.