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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake October 11th 2017

Picked up by T2 and walked to our long boat for a trip to the other side of Inle Lake which is 116 sq mt surface area, overcast but warm and pleasant, very busy with goods being bought in by long boat and it took our boat boys a bit of work to get our long boat in place that we could get into it. We stopped at a Silver Smith & Showroom, they use the hammer method to work the silver and the work was intricate and beautiful all done by hand, the silver is bought to the lake from the local mines in the surrounding hills, could not help myself and bought a traditional Shan necklace and earrings for $75 US 98% silver. We visited the Pow Village opened recently to Foreigners, with Stupas ... read more
Making Rice Cakes
1054 Stupas
Long Neck

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake October 10th 2017

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 ... read more
Long Boat Ride
Getting the thread from the Lotus Stem
Thread from the Lotus Stem

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake September 15th 2017

Getting to Inle I asked Win Aung to drive me to Mandalay Airport to catch my flight to Heho, the closest airport to Inle Lake. I told him that my flight was at 10am and he said he would pick me up at 8.30am. I trusted he knew what he was doing, so I happily hopped into his car when he showed up the next morning. I did not realize how far out of town Mandalay Airport was. After 35 minutes in the car - one hour to departure - there was still no sign of the airport. I hadn't even spotted any directional signs. I grew concerned and I asked him how much longer it was to the airport. He said 20 minutes. Yikes. That would get me there 35 minutes before departure. It then ... read more
Inle Lake
With My New Friends
Phaung Daw U Pagoda

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake April 1st 2017

Wherever I go in the world, it seems that long distance buses never seem to stop for food at sensible times. 11am is a really awkward time to eat because you've only just had breakfast and it's a tad too early for lunch; likewise, 4pm is a bit too late for lunch but far too early for dinner. They never stop for long enough either, meaning you have to inhale your food if you do decide to go for any of the usual, unappetising options available. Speaking of food options, arriving in the town of Nyaungshwe, the tourist enclave for nearby Inle Lake, I had now arrived in Myanmar's Shan State and the food here is supposedly a little different, with much more of a Chinese slant to it. I therefore hunted down some local food ... read more
Floating Village
Moises & The Long-Necked Lady
Floating Gardens

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake March 15th 2017

During my past blogs I have frequently touched upon the concept of authenticity, or better the conflict between tourists looking for the "real thing" while still falling into a seemingly fabricated type of experience. In the case of Southeast Asia I have also mentioned that ending up in tourist circles is often unavaidable due to cultural and financial differences between most tourists and the local people. This time I would like to discuss a similar phenomenon. Similar, but not exactly the same - my issues with "attraction hopping". When I talk about attraction hopping I mean the intentional or unintentional ticking (and photographing) of all the flagship attractions of a certain destination. This kind of behavior is typically associated with Chinese or Asian tourists in general (the Europe in one week tours anyone?), but more frequently ... read more
Inle Lake
Inle Lake
Inle Lake

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake December 24th 2016

I'm doing this blog in 2 parts mainly because I took so many photos, but there not all on here I hasten to add! Up early (again) and this time for our Christmas Eve Boat Trip on Inle Lake, doing all the touristy stuff you do when here. However as the market is being held at In Dein we are starting there first. We were met by our boatman and after picking our way across tree roots we got to our boat and with a bit of wobbling about got into our wooden armchairs and were ready for the off, it was very exciting! You travel along a canal for about 15 minutes which takes you away from the town and out into the lake proper. The lake is vast, surrounded by high hills and mountains ... read more
Inle Lake
On the way to In Dein
In Dein Market

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake December 24th 2016

Ok so part 2 of our boat trip Whilst tootling we saw people washing and bathing in the river/lake, monks going to their monasteries and most exciting we saw (and heard) a procession taking place for a young boy who was going to join the monastery, everything involved boats and water. Our next stop was at the Hpaung Daw U Pagoda, this was fun, there was a big market under and around the pagoda, the most disgusting loos yet and in the pagoda itself on a raised platform - no ladies allowed, lots of men were sticking gold leaf onto what looked like golden blobs, apparently there are Buddhas under it all! You could even watch them doing it close up on TV monitors. Back outside again we discovered a big procession taking place (no idea ... read more
Hpaung Daw U Pagoda - Inle Lake
Inle Lake
Nga Phe Kyaung (Jumping cat monastery)

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake December 21st 2016

Ok so running behind with the blog again but the wifi was so dodgy in Burma that I decided to wait until we were back in Thailand before attempting any more. So the morning of the bus journey was an 8 am pickup so we decided to get up for sunrise and watch the hot air balloons going up - Howard had already seen this from a temple on our first morning but I've always been too tired to do it!! I have to say they were quite a sight and we counted 20 balloons up in the end, so at £300 plus person that was a lot of money in the air. Our pick up was late but we were told the bus wouldn't leave until everyone was on board and luckily this was true. ... read more
How could you fail to enjoy the ride with a name like that!
Random duck near Thazi
The road to Inle Lake

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake November 23rd 2016

David here... We were picked up from our guesthouse at 08:30 as expected. I expected to be picked up by mini-van, so was a little shocked as he had arrived by bike. They never mentioned this at A1 Tour services when we booked. Anyway, we were to leave our bags to be picked up later to be taken to the start on the back of motorbikes. I've never been any good on the back of a bike, never knowing when to lean, how to hold on properly so I was a little apprehensive. Anyway, all was going well until we were going up a hill and the gears broke on the bike I was on. No issue, the second bike with Suzanne on it would come back for me. I like to think it was not ... read more
Inle Trek
Inle Trek
Inle Trek

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake July 19th 2016

Well some time has passed and we are still loving Myanmar! One thing I don't love, however, is the tech take over... There are literally no Internet cafes and one is expected to have a wifi operating device and well I just don't want to be that connected while traveling. So I complain, but here I am typing a travel blog on my phone, to the sound of a monk chanting at a nearby monastery. Back to the good stuff - so we spent some time in a lovely little mountain town called Kalaw. We walked around the town, through the local market, up the surrounding hills to viewpoints and to the nearby temples and monasteries. It rained off and on for the two days we spent there, but we still really enjoyed the clean, crisp ... read more
Market - Kalaw
Market - Kalaw
City view - Kalaw

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