|3 January 2005
In the early morning, when it was still cool, my wife, two of her brothers and I went from Myothit with our pick-up to the small village Thedwin along the road from Nyaung U to Kyaukpadaung just past the branch to Mt. Popa. While one of my brothers-in-law stayed with the car, we went in a southwest direction guided by my GPS receiver to the foot of a small mountain range.
After an hour of pleasant cross country walking through bare fields with palm trees, passing small villages and crossing a broad dry riverbed we reached the degree confluence near the edge of a field.
While I was taking the photos at the degree confluence we were watched by some curious local people. I was surprised about the beautiful scenery around the spot. Northwest of the degree confluence is a small Buddhist temple called Taung Nan Tha Paya on a hilltop with good views over the surrounding landscape. At the bottom of this hill, west of the degree confluence, is a small artificial lake which get filled with rainwater during the monsoon and provides the local villagers with drinking-water.