Blogs from Inle Lake, Mandalay Region, Burma, Asia


Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake April 5th 2015

We headed to Inle earlier than expected, figuring we would do the hike I mentioned in the previous blog and fit in a little biking, which we did on our first afternoon in town. We headed south out of town, along the eastern side of the lake. It was a fairly flat bike ride, and the weather is a little cooler on the plateau than on the plains of Mandalay making it very comfortable -- at least until Darren and Katie decided they wanted to head directly up a hill to a pagoda above Maing Thauk. I was none too pleased with this plan, which I shared with them in the most delicate of terms, but I conceeded to the groups desires. Despite some painful cramps (at the time I was still battling some dehydration issues) ... read more
Fisherman on Inle
Crumbling stucco at Inthein
Boating on the way to Samkar

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake March 8th 2015

One place in Burma we were really looking forward to was our stay in Inle Lake. A 45 square mile freshwater lake known for its abundance of fish (9 of which cannot be found elsewhere), secondly for the style of fishing adopted here and thirdly it’s floating gardens and villages within. Therefore the thought of staying in a laidback lake-town offering us the chance to enjoy what great scenery and ambiance the lake had to offer was very appealing. To be honest, it could not have come at a better time as after the trek we needed some downtime. For the first part of our stay we opted to take a boat tour with the 4 others from our trekking group as we got a good deal after the trek and what’s more we all got ... read more
Hut on stilts in the lake
Farmers working away on the floating inlets
Man in the weaving shop

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake February 20th 2015

INLE LAKE Vi hadde en litt utrygg start på flyreisen til Heho flyplass. Flyet var et lite, shabby propellfly og vi startet med å ta en kort runde på bakken og tilbake til startsplassen mens mange menn stod og stirret på flyet. Det så ut som om propellen på vår side ikke fungerte skikkelig. De opplyste over høytaleren at det var et teknisk problem, men at vi bare skulle bli sittende. Inn løp to tenikere og all strøm ble slått av. Det ble fort ganske varmt i denne lille»boksen». Da var det jeg tok opp mobilen og sendte: «Vi er uendelig glade i dere» - melding til ungene (bare for sikkerhets skyld om flyet skulle falle ned). Som dere forstår, endte alt godt og vi kom oss til Heho flyplass via Mandalay. Her ble ... read more
Markedet i Nyaung Shwe.
Første lunsjstopp på Inle Lake. Her var det bryllup.

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake February 15th 2015

Back on a night bus, my definitively non VIP bus arrived in Nyuang Shwe, the main town on Inle Lake, at around 5:30am. Not an awesome time to arrive anywhere. I did not have a room booked, and I was really cold. I was cold enough that on the bus I had actually nestled my left side underneath the right side of the young gentleman sitting beside me. Use that body heat! Once getting access to my backpack, I furiously threw on whatever warm clothing I had, so did actually wear my down coat that had been in a stuff bag since Kazakhstan, in South East Asia, surprise! I also, in my cold madness, improperly pulled on my skinny cords over top of the yoga pants I was wearing, and completely splitting the backside of the ... read more
Daily Market on Inle
Village on Inle
Shwe Inn Tain

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake February 15th 2015

Bootsfahrt am Inle Lake Während einer Boots-Tour am Inle-Lake sahen wir: Fischer mit spezieller Ein-Bein-Technik Dörfer am See eine Weberei, in der Fäden aus Seide, Lotus und Baumwolle zu Kleidungsstücken verarbeitet wurden eine Zigarren-Fabrik eine Silber-Werkstätte und ein kleines Dorf am Rande des Sees ... read more
Inle Lake
Inle Lake

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

A four foot tall girl padded silently to her bicycle and subtly beckoned me to follow her. As she pushed her bicycle, I meandered along behind her and we wound our way through the village of Nyaungshwe, past the ladies with their baskets of fruit, (kind of) fresh fish and hordes of curious locals. I, trustingly, followed along. As the path ahead ended, I was gestured towards a long, narrow black wooden boat on my right, where a rugged-up man smiled up at me, positioned a wooden seat in the middle of the vessel and handed me a blanket. Thus, without a word being spoken, I was off for my adventure to Inle Lake and its floating villages, with both the morning fog and the temple tops rising along the banks on either side as we ... read more
A fisherman of Inle Lake
Cruising through the floating tomato gardens.
Nuts and spices at a local market.

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake October 22nd 2014

October 22nd, 2014 Our next stop on the adventure was to be Inle Lake, famous for its leg-rowing fishermen and stilt-house villages...decided to suck it up and take a minibus instead of flying, thereby saving a substantial amount of money...and while overland here is slow (was supposed to take 6 hours, took more than 8) it did provide some great vistas and views, worth it in the end...although the driver was a bit nuts and there were some white knuckle moments, especially on some of the narrow cliff-side roads in the mountains...gah... Arrived at Nyaung Shwe, launch point for Inle Lake, and the first hotel we were aiming for was fully booked, so left our packs there and started the hunt for accommodations...checked out four or five before settling on PYI Guest House, great spot...nine bungalows ... read more
The Jetty
A little footy...

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

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