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Thande Hotel, Bagan


Bungalow style accomodation adjacent to the Irrawaddy River



Pool adjacent to the bungalows



Alfresco dining under a huge Acacia tree




Under The Acacia Tree

Under the Acacia Tree
Her veil of green protecting me
Soft canopy of velvet grace
Gathers me in soft embrace

And summoned by the call of crows
And river boats in timeless shows
Of moment, life and industry
Within, around the 'cacia tree

The toll of nature, call of time
That beckons each to seek the shrine
Upon which we might draw our faith
As pilgrims, passing without trace

So! Stop and pause....
Allow the peace of blessing to arise
From Source ~
Yes, from within this holy land
That calls your heart and guides your hand

To follow in the Buddha's path
Of softening our tightened grasp ~
Allow your worries, fears to chase
And breathe the sound of inner peace.

Mark Golding


River traffic on the Irrawaddy



Lush green gardens adjacent to the Irrawaddy river



Sunset over the Irrawaddy from the hotel