Floating around Lake Inle

 

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After having to trek for 3 days to reach Lake Inle the group decided that we all deserved to treat ourselves. Here we are enjoying Myanmar wine, cheese and snack, a sunset, a view of mountains and a lake and great company. I forgot I was in Asia for a while, thought I was in Switzerland or Italy or France 🙂
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At first glance looks like any other wine until you see the outline of Myanmar. It tasted like any other wine too. Take that France 😛
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An early start on the lake is nothing short of magical
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Again I was reminded of Switzerland with glassy smooth water and a blurring between sky and lake
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A famous sight of Lake Inle are the traditional fishermen. They catch no fish and are just for tourist snapshots
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This is what a genuine fisherman looks like on Lake Inle. He uses a modern net, doesn’t do acrobatics and doesn’t have that large conical net trap
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Around Lake Inle they seem to have a unique way of rowing by bracing the oar against their shoulder and manoeuvring it with their leg which engages the whole body
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First stop on our lake tour was a local market
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Lots of fish were available for sale; both dried, fresh and still flapping around
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Later on we would visit a cigar workshop (rather actually it was cigarillos, though I care little for the distinction)
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Much of life on Lake Inle is on water and everything is adapted to it
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Local souvenir hawkers also take to the water
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Passing kids on the waterway wave hello
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The tin roofs shine blindingly bright in the morning sun and the hazy mountains provide a nice backdrop
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A main ‘street’ in a floating village
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A teak bridge and one boat
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Rowing into town for the morning supplies
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I also had time to visit the Kakku pagodas about 2 hours drive from Inle. This is an area with over 2000 pagodas

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It’s a pleasure to quietly walk among them and listen to the sound of the bells on the top gently ringing in the breeze
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There was also still time to visit another impressive golden pagoda

Next up: The Golden Rock and Hpa-an Cave Temples

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