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Published: October 26th 2017
Looking over the Valley from the roof top of the Hotel
Off to Inle Lake today with T2. 1 1/2hr drive through beautiful lush country side, cows, bullocks, horse and carts, people tilling fields with a bullock and stick as Mick put it. 13500 Kyat per foreigner to get into Inle Valley through Rice paddies, which grow in summer and breed ducks for their eggs in winter. Arrived at the Emperial Inle Hotel, very nice and traditional walking distance from the river where most transport occurs.
Picked up 1/2 hr later and left by boat on the Lake for the Inle Heritage Restaurant, T2 took us to the east of Inle Lake and tomorrow we are going west, Huge lake surrounded by mountains just incredible scenery. Lunch at Inle Heritage just magnificent and all proceeds go back to the community.
Lotus stem 4000 for a scarf, the lady demonstrated how she gets the thread from the lotus stem then on a wet slab of wood rolls together to make it longer, pretty amazing, boil 3 hrs for colour, dyes made from bark, mango's and vegetables. Bought a scarf made from lotus thread and silk, dyed from mango. We both bought shirts made from cotton then back into the boat and
Long Boat Ride
Mick pretty relaxed we had chairs with life jackets to sit on, worked well for us.
off again to a Fishermans cottage, wife home during the day so mixes up different cigar flavours and she showed us how she made them, Mick bought 10 cheroots, wanted a box after we tried them, but we would not have got them back into Australia. Mick then showed them how he rolls a cigarette which had them very interested, never seen someone do that before.
Off to the Temple of Five Buddhas and I found amazing scarves made through tatting very fine work and for 65,000 Kyat I do not think I would get them at home or they would cost a lot more. The Temple of Five Buddhas was crowded and the donations boxes were full incredible what people give and if they cannot afford money they give their time in volunteering doing jobs of all sorts around the Temple. 1 hr boat ride back to our Hotel. Found a money change and beer and went up to the 6 th floor to have a drink and cig, very civilised one floor up from our room open area with a 360o view of the Inle Valley truly incredible. Had tea at a restaurant T2 recommended and then
sat up at the outside roof area watching a storm brewing over the valley. The end of another incredible day.
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