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Visual Vibes: Gokteik Viaduct

by Simon Gonzaga September 20, 2015 0 comment
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Having only a few days to travel around Mandalay somehow made the Gokteik Viaduct an impossible destination to reach. It’s located north of Mandalay, and travelers usually take the 14-hour train ride just to pass by the Viaduct. If we take that option, we’ll ran out of time and possibly miss our bus to Bagan. Imagine heading back to Mandalay for another 10 hours of Train and Bus travel after the 14-hour train ride from Mandalay, on the same exact day. It’s a crazy idea, don’t you think?

I guessed we really didn’t researched enough. The universe conspired and opened up a wall of possibilities. We coordinated with the people from the hostel after a long discussion whether we should push through with it or not, considering the amount of money and time we have. We’ve decided to give it a go after an ample after-dinner discussion, more towards the thinking of the now, with an addition of a YOLO kind of high, and a pass-up on the over-the-budget expenses. With all these considerations, we were filled with excitement and travel euphoria for the next morning. After all, if money’s the biggest aspect we’re talking about, then let’s rely on the next payday to handle that. The one-time opportunity kind of mindset overtake everything and let the experience be the saving grace, no regrets.

The thing that fascinates me about this leg, aside from the totally surreal train crossing experience, is the time we spent during train stops. It was a picture perfect destination, offers some pretty interesting sights focusing on local commuter’s day to day living. It gave us the time to go out of the train, interact with the locals, and soak up the moment.

It’ll take you to a new level of travel euphoria during the crossing, over visuals of train derailment on a long old-aged engineering marvel with a drop of 102 meters on a raging river. Again, when was the last time you did something for the first time?

This is by far my favorite Visual Vibes set, the experience while shooting the train ride somehow made the entire artistry I’m hoping to achieve for my Photos of Myanmar.

Gokteik Viaduct

Gokteik Viaduct. ©Simon Gonzaga

Gokteik Viaduct

Gokteik Viaduct. ©Simon Gonzaga

Gokteik Viaduct

Gokteik Viaduct. ©Simon Gonzaga

Gokteik Viaduct

Gokteik Viaduct. ©Simon Gonzaga

Gokteik Viaduct

Gokteik Viaduct. ©Simon Gonzaga

Gokteik Viaduct

Gokteik Viaduct. ©Simon Gonzaga

Gokteik Viaduct

Gokteik Viaduct. ©Simon Gonzaga

Gokteik Viaduct

Gokteik Viaduct. ©Simon Gonzaga

Gokteik Viaduct

Gokteik Viaduct. ©Simon Gonzaga

Gokteik Viaduct

Gokteik Viaduct. ©Simon Gonzaga

Gokteik Viaduct

Gokteik Viaduct. ©Simon Gonzaga

Gokteik Viaduct

Gokteik Viaduct. ©Simon Gonzaga

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