The Senior High School field trip for the academic year 2015-16 continued our mission to explore other ASEAN countries and, from November 16-21, Myanmar was our destination. This was a three-centre trip including Yangon, Bagan, and Mandalay to give us a taste of the beauty, culture, and diversity of this country of growing importance. As usual the days were action-packed, exciting, and memorable.
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This year our field trip was to Myanmar. On 16 November everyone was excited about going to another country. We arrived at Don Muang Airport at about 9:30 a.m. and spent some time looking around the airport until our flight to Yangon at 12:15 p.m. We reached Yangon at about 2:00 p.m. and met our guide who took us to Millenium Hotel to check in.
The first place we visited was the temple of the Reclining Buddha and then the famous Schwedagon Pagoda where we stayed until sunset. We had dinner at Padonmar restaurant, ate lots of food, then came back to the hotel.
Putter and Zen
After an early morning and an excellent breakfast, we headed out to see the City Hall, Independence Monument, and the Sule Pagoda. The colonial buildings gave a sense of pretense and importance taking us back in time. We then proceeded to Bogyoke Aung San Market where we bought longies and other souvenirs. A short ride on a very slow local train and one last lunch in Yangon, and then we flew to Bagan via Heho and checked in at the Kumudara Hotel. It was a nice day.
Pai and Bank
We had an early breakfast at about 7:00 a.m. and set off at 8:00 a.m. First, we visited Min Nanthu village and then Schwezigon Pagoda to learn about Bagan’s rich heritage. Next, we went by horse and cart (two in a cart) passing Dhammayangji and Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan. The tracks were dusty so we wore masks. Later, we enjoyed sunset from a boat, after playing football on a large sand bank in the middle of the river.
Prang and Mai
On Day 4 we woke up early and had our breakfast at Kumudara Hotel in Bagan before driving to Mandalay. We visited Mount Popa which is about 1,500 metres high. It took a long time to reach the top, and it was really windy up there but the view was fantastic! After visiting Mount Popa, we took a long drive to Mandalay. When we arrived in Mandalay, we checked into 79Living Hotel. In Mandalay we went to many monasteries such as the Kuthodaw Pagoda and the Schwenandaw monastery. For dinner that evening we went to a restaurant and watched a puppet and cultural show, and that was the end of our Day 4 in Myanmar.
Natcha and Zoey
We woke up at the hotel and after breakfast started our busy day. We went to a gold leaf factory and found the flattening of the gold very interesting. Then we went to a silk workshop and a few other workshops before going for lunch. In the afternoon, we went to Mingun by boat and saw a large monument called Pahtotawgyi which had been badly damaged over the years by earthquakes. We also rang the Mingun Bell, the world’s largest ringing bell. We loved the trip and can’t wait for the next one.
Dancho and Hocky
On the last day we had breakfast at the hotel, packed our things, and then left at 8:30 in the morning. We visited the famous temple called Maha-muni Pagoda which is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Myanmar. We also saw a sculpture of Buddha. Then we went straight to the airport arriving there at 11:00 a.m. Our flight was at 12:50 p.m., and we reached Don Muang at 3:15 pm. We had so much fun while we were there such as playing, singing, and talking to each other everyday!!
Mew and Nont
Our Best Memories
I liked the Millenium Hotel and the Shwedagon Pagoda because it has a diamond at the top. Jay
I liked the part where I sang on the bus (the Japanese song is called “Price”), and I liked the part where I played card games with Putter and Zen. Jack
I liked everything about the trip because I loved the time I spent with my friends and teachers (but mostly with my friends). Sonar
I liked the part when I played Monopoly with my friends (I became bankrupt many times), and I liked the cool weather in Bagan. Pai
I liked the part when I spent time with the teachers. Nont
I enjoyed playing on the sand bank. We played soccer and raced each other. Mew
I liked taking selfies and videos with my friends and playing Monopoly. Zen
We liked drinking watermelon juice and eating fried rice with chicken and also the boat rides. Natcha and Zoey
I liked the bumpy ride up Mandalay Hill and Mount Popa because of the windy weather. Dancho
I liked the Millenium Hotel and the temples and playing poker with Mew and Sonar. Hocky
I liked the bumpy truck ride and the horse and cart ride. Mai
I was interested in learning about the religion and visiting the temples. Putter
On the field trip the best thing I liked was the horse and cart ride. Zen
I think we liked this trip because we had so much fun while we were in Myanmar. So we would like to say thank you to all the teachers who found the places that are nice for us to visit and who worked hard to find a tour that was not too expensive. For us we have been on many trips with the school, but for this trip Myanmar has a different culture, different things, different food, and is different from other countries that we have been to. So on the Myanmar trip we got to see a lot of beautiful places. Thank you for making all of us have fun on this field trip. We are sure that every student liked it and is hoping that next year’s field trip will be a good field trip. Prang and Mai