We squeezed into a mini bus and headed on our way.
Luggage, baskets and bags of who knows what was stored on the bus roof and the trip was better than expected.
Open windows allowed fresh air to circulate and luckily it wasn’t that hot… something we were grateful for as the bus was very packed with some people sitting on stools in the aisles. I didn’t even know these buses had aisles. We had seats.
Along the way we stopped at a small town where women circled the bus looking for peckish customers. They carried an interesting array of local edibles on their heads on wicker trays.
Our destination was the Lei Thar Gone guest house which means ‘a gentle breeze’. It is a beautiful haven perched on a sandy cliff top over looking the Irrawaddy River on the edge of Yenangyaung.
The guest house supports a local High School helping over 100 children in need. Staying here helps fund the school. We are hoping some of the students may be interested in starting at Sanon later this year.
An afternoon siesta by the pool was followed by a stroll through the village to the local brickworks and a sunset on the terrace.
All this has made the bus experience become a dim memory.