Inle Lake: Leg Rowers, Stilt-House Villages and Visa Accepted Everywhere?! 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 th ... read more
Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake Britain conquered Burma over a period of 62 years (1824-1886) and incorporated it into its Indian Empire. Burma was administered as a province of India until 1937 when it became a separate, self-governing colony; independence from the Commonwealth wa... ... read more
Visas accepted--there's no escape!
Sad you were sick, but glad you were able to rally for the wine-tasting and Shan meal. The lake sounds lovely--amazing leg rowers and how lucky to come across a festival. Also great to hear that one can just show up and find a fine place to stay, so you have the freedom to decide at the last minute when it's time to leave.
No escape indeed...haha...
The lake was amazing, great watching daily life unfold as we zipped down canals and water streets...it was the time of year more than anything that made it easy to just show up and find accommodation, the high season started in November and apparently everything gets booked up, advance reservations a must...a big reason we like to travel in shoulder seasons, especially October...less tourists...
Ren & Andrew
I have always been fascinated by these fishermen... and I'm loving following your Burma travels. Do you mind if I ask what camera you are using? You seem to get so much light and clarity in some of your photos.
...glad you're enjoying my blog...the fishermen are fantastic, the balancing act you mention is quite something...I picked up a Nikon S9700 point and shoot, it's of the "superzoom" variety (30x Optical) which came in handy but tough to get non-blurry photos at full zoom...think the pics turned out okay for the most part, I did touch up the first pic of Inle (leg-rowing fisherman) with a trial copy of Corel Paint Shop but the rest are raw I believe..
D MJ Binkley
Dave and Merry Jo Binkley
One of my favorite places in Burma is Inle Lake. I wish we would have spent a couple of more days there. It is beautiful. The serenity is good for the soul. The fisherman are cool. Great photo.
Agreed, it was definitely a cool spot...really enjoyed puttering around all day in the boat, a highlight for sure...