Blogs from Inle Lake, Mandalay Region, Burma, Asia


Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake March 14th 2014

Oh boy ...Inle lake area was a great place to visit . The town of Nyaungshwe was a bit of a backbackers hang out . There were some good restaurants , great food choices , and an easy ambiance . The lake itself (21 km x 11km ) was 4 km away reached via a channel/river . The whole area had waterways of different sizes . We spent 2 days with water excursions , 1 day trekking and a 4th day with a car and driver . Needless to say it is hard to narrow down the pics but I have chosen these . Let me know what you think.... read more
Morning View
Morning alms time
Girls really

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake January 24th 2014

Several have asked about the lake . It is @13 km long and in places a few km wide . There are many villages that are spaced quite evenly around the shore . Some are on dry land others have houses on stilts or as they are called floating villages . I don't think there are roads to some of them ... they are only connected by the waterways. The people in this area are Shan or Intha and they make their living in fishing , gardening , tourism ( 2 years ago there were only 30 hotels here ...that number has increased to 70 !) and the trades I mentioned last time . The boats are of 2 types the long boat and a flat boat that will hold >4 people but usually a basket ... read more

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake January 21st 2014

Back on line . It has been quite strange I can receive your messages but I haven't been able to publish any new blogs ... or retrieve the one I autosaved 2 days ago . Oh well I shall try again . The boat trip down the Ayerwaddy was very pleasant . The seats we had grabbed on the deck had enough sun ,shade and shelter and the A/C assigned seats were comfortable enough for a nap or two . As it happens there was a GAP tour group on the boat .Had Suzanne not decided to come to Burma I would probably have been with that group . There were 12 of them 4 Canadians and the rest Aussies and New Zealanders . A pleasant group to visit with . Also on the boat were ... read more

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake January 12th 2014

Well, my birding had taken a bit of a down-turn at Kalaw and it remained poor at Lake Inle despite my expectations of a big bird list. In fact I was pretty disappointed overall with Lake Inle and the village of Nyaungshwe; they became my least favourite places in Burma and I don't think I'll be rushing back to that spot. In Kalaw I had found out that there were several morning buses to Lake Inle which leave from under the big tree just along from the Parami Hotel. They appear to go every half an hour between 6am and 8am, and cost 2500 kyat. They don't go all the way to Lake Inle, but just to a junction called Shwenyaung about one and a half hours from Kalaw, from which it is then a further ... read more

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake November 21st 2013

Le Cambodge fût relativement bref ! À peine quelques jours sur Siem-Rep, que déjà il était temps de filer me diriger vers Bangkok. Avec mon billet d'avion en poche pour le 13, je n'avais pas beaucoup le droit à l'erreur ! Il me fallait impérativement obtenir mon visa dans la journée du 12 (étant arrivé la veille sur Bangkok). Heureusement, l'Ambassade en question n'est pas l'administration Française (désolé pour les quelques fonctionnaires qui liront ce message :p ), et l'obtention d'un Visa, peut se faire dans la journée moyennement quelques centaines de bats supplémentaire. Contrairement à ce que vous pouvez déjà vous imaginez, il ne s'agit pas de pots de vins, mais bien du tarif express : une journée ouvrée, le temps normal étant de 3 jours. Ce fut très rapide. Arrivé le matin 15-30 minutes avant l'ouverture pour ... read more


Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake October 15th 2013

We left Taungyi at about 3am so we could get to Inle Lake as early as possible. Our aim was to make it to the lake at sunrise so we could watch the start of the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival on the lake. Once a year villagers gather to tow four of the holiest Buddha images clockwise around the lake on a beautifully decorated barge. Shan leg rowers on traditional boats tow the barge and as they travel around the lake they stop at each village so people can pay homage to the Buddha images. Our bus driver and boat drivers timed things perfectly and we arrived on the lake just in time to watch the leg-rowers arriving dressed in their traditional Shan costumes. All the boats joined together to tow the barge out onto ... read more
Inle Boats
Lorenza & Mal
The Buddha Barge

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake August 13th 2013

"On August 13th, we flew to Inle Lake. We went to the hotel and stayed. We played shop. It was fun. At 3:30, we went to the winery with our German friends. We ate dinner there too. Me and Lynn played and colored. Then we said goodbye and went back to the hotel. We went to get ice cream and then slept. On August 14th we took a boat to lots of places. One of them had 1,500 stupas. When we got there I slipped in the mud and then got up. Then I had wet pants because it was raining. In the stupas there where Buddhas. In the boat it started raining like crazy! We went to a store where they make blankets. I got a red headband. Then we went to a cat monastery ... read more
Inle Lake with my new Head Band
Fishing Boat on Inle Lake
Getting Ready to go on our Inle Lake Boat Trip

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake April 6th 2013

The calming influence of water has been known throughout human history. Mankind appreciates the role of water in providing a fundamental necessity of human life ... indeed if we don't drink, we die. Perhaps this elementary law of nature is the catalyst for our deep yearning for water, as our collective spirit strives to be in the presence of the ultimate life giver. So if now's the time to get a little wet, there can be few better destinations than glorious Inle Lake in the Mandalay Region. There's more to visiting Myanmar than enjoying big cities, pagodas, monasteries and the famous historical architecture of Bagan, despite their clear and obvious charms. The country also provides visitors with an insight into village life on the water, as it's been lived by the people of Inle Lake for ... read more
Don't shoot kids!
Coming home
Beautiful countryside

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake February 11th 2013

Inle Lake, 17-21 January We had got serious boat fever the day before so we were awake very early on our second day in Inle Lake. We ate breakfast on the verandah and watched the lake wake up with us. The early morning fog slowly ebbed away and this time, with the knowledge of what lay beyond the mist, it was even more magical. Our boat driver picked us up at 9am and we sailed across the lake again, this time headed for a monastery. It was popularly known as the ‘Jumping Cat Monastery,’ because a monk had taught the resident cats to jump through hoops for the amusement of tourists. But our driver informed us it was no longer referred to in this way as the cats didn’t jump anymore. “Why not?” we asked. “The ... read more
Fishing in the mist
Jumping cat monastery
Betel seller in the market

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake February 10th 2013

Inle Lake, 17-21 January We landed at Heho Airport in Inle Lake from Yangon after my very first flight in a propeller plane. I had made the mistake of reading many nightmare stories about planes crashing in Burma as their internal aircraft is not approved by international safety standards due to sanctions. However, after C reassuring me ("you wouldn't not drive on the M25 because of a crash") it was all good again and soon after taking off from Yangon, I was completely transfixed by the views of the country below us as it transformed from sparse, flat, green expanse into rice and paddy fields dotted by pagodas into a towering mountain range (still dotted by pagodas). I have never seen a country with quite so many pagodas in my life. Heho airport was, without doubt, ... read more
Breakfast on our balcony
The lake wakes up
Waterway to the lake

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