Production Crew Back in Myanmar: Day Two
After our successful pilot series from Yangon, Myanmar, The iTravel Channel TV team returns to Myanmar for yet another production. After a long first day in Yangon, another long, but exciting day is ahead for the crew. Day two presents a few challenges as the team travels over 210 kilometers outside of Yangon to end the day at Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda atop Kyaikhtiyoe Hill.
First, breakfast at Sedona Hotel to prepare for the day ahead. Afterwards, the crew gets started filming around the hotel with access to a variety of rooms at the hotel.
Time passes quickly and as 10:30am arrives it’s time to check-out of Sedona Hotel to hit the road. The first visit Bago. Upon arrival in Bago they witness the Four Seated Buddha shrine, also known as the Kyaikpun (Kyaik Pun) Pagoda. In Bago the production crew takes the opportunity to interview a group of tourists visiting from Austria.
After a break for lunch in Bago, the team hops back into their van and continues to Kyaikhtiyoe Hill. En-route the production team encounters a Kathina Festival and parade. The best we can do is tease you with a photo here, but you’ll get the full story soon.
Production Crew Assembles at Base Camp
After a long journey, the production team arrives at Kinpun Camp, also known as Base Camp. No, they’re not ascending Mount Everest, but the next part of the journey requires going off-road. The team proceeds up Kyaikhtiyoe Hill, known by some as Kelasa hills which are considered part of the Eastern Yoma mountains.
To make the trek, all of their gear is packed into a special mountain truck for the 16 kilometer drive to the top of Kyaikhtiyoe Hill where the infamous Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, or the Golden Rock Pagoda, resides. The hill is only 3600 feet above sea level, yet it’s only 16 degrees centigrade on top. Technically not freezing, a mere 16 degrees is “freezing” for Southeast Asia. While the cooler temperatures were manageable, a heavy layer of fog and mist posed a challenge for the production crew.
Once up top, the production staff is greeted by staff from the local office at the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
Sunset at Golden Rock
The team enjoyed the scenery as numerous people were praying and many tourists were taking pictures. Enjoying the scenery, despite the mist, the production crew meets a group of visitors from Canada. Now, if anyone knows what freezing temperatures really are, Canadians do.
The timing was right to partake in watching the sunset at the Golden Rock. Afterwards, the crew checks into the hotel and gets settled in. Despite being cool and misty, the crew explores the area. Locals were playing games as a group, smiling, and having fun.
In the morning the production crew returns to Yangon. Visiting multiple sites in a day means a lot of lifting! Not just cameras, but camera equipment, lighting, and other fixtures needed to produce quality video.
Upon completing one last day of taping in Yangon on November 12, 2016, the entire production crew packs up for the flight to Heho, located near Inle Lake. The eventual goal, to witness and capture the magic of the famous Hot Air Balloon Festival in Taunggyi, Myanmar.