A Monk at U-Bein Bridge, lost in his thoughts…
Considered one of the best spots to admire sunset, and a favorite by many photographers, U-Bein bridge in Amarapura, in the outskirts of Mandalay, bursts with life.
Vendors, taxis, food stalls, bars, children, all awaiting the tourists regularly coming from the chaotic city to walk through the world’s longest teak bridge at dawn. Despite being one of the most touristy spot in Burma, U-Bein bridge still holds its charm.
Monks sit on the benches, quietly looking at the endless plain or talking each other. Fishermen are at work to catch fish that soon enough will be fried and sold at the food stalls. Kids run back and forth, and young couples exchange tenderness waiting for a romantic sunset.
Unfortunately, a rather cloudy sky did not offer the amazing sunset I was expecting. But a very kind man running a bar on the other side of the Taungthaman Lake welcomed us by placing chairs and a small table right on the lake shore. From there, the sunset was nothing unforgettable, but I thoroughly enjoyed the cold and refreshing beer.
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