Next morning, we stopped at the village of Tan Kyi-Taung to attend an elephant dance. At one time, real elephants performed a dance in which their masters or trainers performed actions and movements, which the elephants imitated. This elephant was an elaborately decorated dummy with two men inside performing movements, accompanied by a band of musicians.
Some local artisans came aboard to demonstrate the art of using rattan to make various decorations and practical objects.
For lunch, the soup was chilled gazpacho. The main dishes were a Burmese egg curry with vegetables and jasmine rice; chicken salad sandwich; or pasta in tuna sauce with capers, sweet corn, and scallops (my choice). For dessert, we had a chocolate banana tart and various melons like papaya, yellow watermelon, and dragon fruit. The taste of dragon fruit has been described as being very bland like a melon or kiwifruit with a mild sweetness. We had both the white-fleshed and red-fleshed at different times during the cruise.
As we cruised, more of the golden stupas. They are everywhere, even in isolated areas.
Salay is a colorful old religious center in central Myanmar. It is about 1 ½ hours south of Bagan. There are numerous ancient monasteries adorned with beautiful wood carvings.
This is a compact city of colonial buildings, monasteries and pagodas. There are several impressive colonial houses. The British were living very well here.
For dinner, the appetizers were mixed green salad or shrimp cocktail calypso. The main dishes were fillet of salmon with spinach and potato wedges (my choice); chicken ragout; and vegetable lasagna with tomato sauce. I had white wine, and the soup was creamy carrot ginger. The dessert was red wine pear with ice cream. This was another good dinner.
Photos belong to Phil Bianco.