From Mawlamyine we traveled by riverboat to Hpa-an. The landscape gradually changed from flat delta land to karst mountains.
We spent a day touring the local sights including several caves and an amazing balancing rock pagoda.
We had been invited to visit a local Buddhist-Hindu festival by one of the sand painting designers. When we arrived they were giving away free food. We also made a guest appearance lighting candles; we were both photographed and videotaped!
The man who kept the merry-go-round going looks as bored as a carny worker anywhere in the world!