When we first started planning the trip, we decided to not book anything in advance in order to allow ourselves some flexibility. It worked out for the most part, and we were able to change our itinerary as we went along. Our determination to go with the flow was really tested on this leg of the trip where everything was turned topsy turvy and we had to scramble to make lots of last-minute changes. Luckily or unluckily (depending on how you look at it) we are no strangers to dealing with problems that arise while traveling.
In the small village of Mingun, just an hour boat ride north of Mandalay, you can catch an ox cart taxi to take you around town. Even though the town is small, it is famous for the unfinished Pahtodawgyi Pagoda. The King at the time wanted to build the largest temple in the world that would rival the Great Pyramids of Giza. His ambitious project drained local resources and was an unpopular undertaking. When he passed away, the pagoda was left unfinished and currently stands as an impressively gigantic dilapidated pile of bricks.