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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake June 15th 2016

After the amazing adventure in Bagan, wandering around all the beautiful temples and experiencing the local and ancient culture I was keen to see more of Myanmar. Having looked online at travel blogs it seemed the common trek to do was from Kalaw to Inle Lake, but wanting to get off the beaten track and see “real” Myanmar, I followed the advice of heading a little further north to Hsipaw (pronounced see po). The travel blogs and the guide book both said that it's easy to get off the beaten path there, see a rural village and see traditional clothing etc. We got the “12 hour” bus from Bagan which actually took 14 hours! Believe me, sitting on one of those buses for 14 hours wasn't a pleasant experience. There's literally no way to get comfortable. ... read more

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake March 4th 2016

Wikipedia: Inle Lake (Burmese: အင်းလေးကန်, pronounced: ) is a freshwater lake located in the Nyaungshwe Township of Taunggyi District of Shan State, part of Shan Hills in Myanmar (Burma). It is the second largest lake in Myanmar with an... read more
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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake February 29th 2016

I decided to take a Myanmar cooking class on our last day here. It was well worth it. Sue, the igniter of this programme, is an admirable woman. She has a strong desire to share her culture with foreigners, a trait she learned from her father. She is not in it for the money. Most of her profit goes to helping her extended family and to help local children get an education and a full belly. She also teaches them English with the help of foreigners who have been inspired by her vision. Her husband met us at 8 am outside the market. We followed him closely through the crowd as he shopped for ingredients for today’s class. I’m glad I tower above the locals as it was very difficult and I didn’t dare stop for ... read more
Fresh Produce
Fresh Fish
De-scaling Carp

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake February 28th 2016

Nyuangshwe is a smallish town about 20 kilometres up a canal from Inle Lake. It is less hectic than the other places we have visited. There are more scooters than car but not as provincial as to have ox-drawn carts in the street. It seems to thrive on tourism. Most visitors appear to come from Europe. We hear a lot of French in the streets. There are a lot of young people wandering about. I have seen only a couple of 5 star type resorts. Lots of backpacker accommodations. The reason for coming here was to take a boat ride on the lake. There are hawkers on every street corner offering their boat for a ride. They are not pushy and wish us a good vacation when we turn them down. We had booked through our ... read more
All for Hire
Houses on Stilts
Entrance to Inle Lake

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake February 27th 2016

Our driver arrived at the appointed time and then a discussion insured about who sits where. I wanted the front seat for the legroom and view. I was told I had to sit in the back with Claudette and another passenger. Claudette refused to sit in the middle hump, pleading her age. She made the young fellow feel guilty about not having respect for his elders. I was made to understand that the next passenger had paid extra for the front seat. We had to wait about 10 minutes for His Arrogance, outside his luxury hotel. Not once over the length of the trip did he acknowledge our existence. There was a parcel to be picked up and the driver got lost down some back alley in a shanty town. This district was devoted to truck ... read more
Train Crossing

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake February 2nd 2016

Tuesday 2nd February 2016 Today we were heading across the country to Inle Lake, a place that comes highly recommended by things we've read and people we've spoken to. The distance is only 140 miles but the journey time would be a whopping 8.5 hours passing over a small mountain range which again and again circled back on itself so felt like you were getting nowhere. We tip-toed around our room at 7am so not to wake our other dorm room mates and having packed the previous night we were up and out in no time. We had our final breakfast at Ostello Bello and bid farewell when the mini-bus arrived at 8:30am to drive us the short distance to the bus station. We had again decided to travel with JJ Express on account that we'd ... read more
The posing fisherman who got our money
Being driven across the lake
Being driver over the lake with our bikes

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake October 19th 2015

What would a visit to Burma be without a stop at Inle Lake? Not being temple or stupa guys, we decided to give this venue a shot. This shallow 13.5 mile freshwater lake is on the tentative UNESCO Heritage list. And much like the klongs in Bangkok, there are no sidewalks or roads, only one person wide boats with outboard propellers. Do you see now, why I find this more culturally intriguing that bouncing around Europe? As we pass both one and two story houses built on stilts, we also dodge the fishermen using a one-legged paddling technique unique to rowing a boat. They stand and row so they can see over the reeds and floating plants for navigation. And can you believe they have been using hydroponics for growing tomatoes since the Sixties? Overlay that ... read more

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake July 14th 2015

Better late than never :) So form Bagan we took another bus to the Inle Lake the village is called Nyaung, which is basically the main village there. It took us about 6 hours to get there by bus. The bus picked us up at 9 o' clock in the morning at our Hotel and he also dropped us at our Hotel at the Lake so they really look after you. You aren't going to be lost somewhere on the way! When you are at the Inle Lake you've to make a boat trip it's absolutely worth your time. We didn't had a clue what we wanted to see but the man who took us out on the lake just showed us what he thought we wanted to see and it was perfect. We saw the ... read more
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Myanmar Inle Lake
Myanmar Inle Lake

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

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