I have never thought that I would write a blog like this..what I am doing now. I kept a record of my expedition to remind me of what I have done during the trip…it’s for personal reference….memory sake. This was why this story was shared after more than five years..and as I zoomed into my notes and compared with the photos taken, I realised that I have missed out many important details..example..the mountain that we have travelled through. So I looked into the map which I bought fives years ago for the answer. At the same time, I found out that the recorded name of “Thantwae” is wrong. It should be spelled as “Thandwe”.
Form the map…Thandwe is North-West of Yangon. Hence, we should have travelled through the Mt. Taungni (4005 ft).
6th May 2005
We arrived in Thandwe at 8.35am. We were supposed to look for Mr. Ko Than Hlai who was the boss of Dwaryawaddy transport/logistic company in Thandwe. He was the brother of Mr. Ko Chyo Yin..boss of same company in Yangon. We were told to seek his help for local information.
We were actually very tired after the bus ride. It was impossible to have a good sleep then. We rushed to find out where and who Mr. Ko Than Hlai was. Yes… he was in the office.
This is Mr. Ko and his proud lorry. There, it was not easy to own and drive a vehicle. His first advice for us was to pay a visit to the officer-in-charge of Thandwe. This was to show respect and to inform him of our visit to Thandwe. In Myanmar then, they were weary of overseas visitor. It can be seen as a “trouble” to them if anything happen to us. We managed to get on a private transport to look for the officer. Unfortunately, he was not in. We head back to Mr. Ko for more help.
Some scenes along the way….
Mr. Ko redirect us to Mr. Myat Zaw. He was an exporter of marine fishes and the “5 colour” lobster from Thandwe. He used to export wild fishes from the Thandwe stream. But has since stopped due to the low profit margin. When asked about the arowana…he knew this fish as “Lucky fish”. But he has never seen it in Thandwe stream. But again….he was unsured because there were no query about this fish before.
Since we were there, I have decided to explored the Thandwe stream…I do not want to miss out any possiblity of finding the mysterious fish. But he could only bring us there the next day. Hence, we need to wait again. We need a hotel now.
On the way to the hotel…
This was their clinic.
This was their kindergarden/school. There were no students…holiday period.
To my surprise…there were no hotel available!! Yes…only resort..WOW! At 1pm plus, we checked into Nepali Beach Resort. Unknown to me, Nepali in Thandwe was well known for its beach and a tourist destination. See to believe….
As you can see and confirmed……we have the whole beach to ourselves! It was off-peak season there. What a contrast to the local scene out there!
As in a resort…I could get my hands on a PC..internet connection!! But I couldn’t checked my emails at all…all blocked! We rested in our rooms till dinner time. There was nothing else we could do. We needed the rest and only looking forward to finding the fish the next day…inside me, I hoped and believed I will get hold of that fish!
This was the 5 colour lobster for our dinner. I told Ling that we need to enjoy and treat ourselves well in the mist of agony. We had an early night rest.
7th May 2005
I woke up at 5.30am…..we met Mr. Myat Zaw at 8.30am. Without our knowing, he has actually contacted the boatman. Yes! the trip to Thandwe stream was a sure thing now! But now…we need to take our breakfast and buy some accessories…
This was the market place.
At 9.30am, we set off from Mr. Myat Zaw house to the river mouth. Along the way…
….Finally, we arrived at the river mouth of Thandwe stream!…”This is it! This is where I gonna find my fish!” My hope was high!
Ok…I need to take a rest and check the farm work now. I can appreciate bloggers more now. It took me more than 2 hours, just to share the above…4.47pm now.