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Mar 30, 2018 - Inle Lake

A later start today before heading to the western side of the lake. To reach our destination we take the long boat up a small river. Because this is the dry season the locals make small dams out of bamboo to retain the water, leaving an opening just wide enough for the boat to fit through. This creates small drops of around 300 to 400 mm which the boats negotiate easily. Our destination is the well hidden Inn Thein pagoda. This is an amazing site and we wander off the track to discover hundreds of small ruins and hidden stupas covered in...

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Mar 29, 2018 - Bagan to Inle Lake

This morning we went to Nyaung Oo airport for our 40 minute flight to Heho in Southern Shan airport. Strangely on our arrival there was an immigration check of passports, although this is a domestic airport. It was then about an hour drive to Nyaug Shwe which is at the north of lake Inle. Then about 45 minute long boat ride to our hotel whicn is located on tbe lake with no road access. Then it was out for lunch, followed by a visit to Nan Pan village where they hand make Burmese cigars or cheroots. Also visited a place a where they were...

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Feb 24, 2018 - Breakfast at Popa, Dinner at Inle

We left our hotel in Bagan at 7:15 in order to be at the Mount Popa resort for breakfast. It was a bright sunny morning and the view from the Terrace over to the pagoda on top of a volcanic plug was spectacular. We could all have spent a long time relaxing and enjoying the view, but we had a long drive ahead of us. Paul, the mechanic stayed to repair the Rover which continues to have fuel supply problems. Hopefully it is all sorted now. There was a closed road on our route out of Popa and we all took a different route. We returned to brief...

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Feb 22, 2017 - Wonders of the floating village

Yesterday we actually went on to the lake by boat. Our morning started fantastic as we had to wait for our boat driver for almost 2 hours. He supposed to pick us up at 8am. As he was still not there by 9am, Rich went back to the ticket 'office' and asked them what's going on. They called the guide and said, he is on the way. We still had to wait an other 40 mins... it was a bit frustrating. I was about to walk back and get the money back but the guy finally arrived. It wasn't even him who drove the boat, it was a young guy, called...

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Feb 21, 2017 - Inle Lake

We arrived to Inle Lake at 4am, it was extremely cold to compare to the heat when we left. Generally, all buses are air conditioned, which means always take a hoodie or a long sleeve shirt when travelling on a long-haul bus. As the guy at the bus station said, we will arrive at 6am,we panicked for a second if we are at the right place and if we are, will they let us in the hostel? There was a guy waiting for the tourists, we got off in the middle of a road while everybody was sleeping... we asked him if we are at the right place and...

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Feb 23, 2016 - Inle Lake

Arriving shortly in Heho, we met Imon ànd Mr Ow our driver to Inle Lake....and hour away when you stop to see rice paper parasols made..and yes they can be water-proofed. After a trishaw ride through the streets of the village,(Nyaungshwe) we stopped to watch tomatoes from the floating gardens being graded and packed for shipping. Lunch and then a long-tailed boat ride to our upgraded hotel--the Pristine Hotel and Spa Resort. Each room is along a canal and is shaped like a boat. Neat! The dining area IA a 1/2 mile from our room. So is the...

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Nov 24, 2014 - Day 9 (Inle Fishing)

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s what the Smiling Albino’s – Myanmar – All That Glitters, Asia’s Golden Land Brochure – 2014 has more to say about Inle Lake fishing: “Inle Lake in is a vast natural lake surrounded by Shan villages. On the lake itself the Intha people have been living for many centuries in villages built entirely on stilts. We recommend you rise early to watch the morning mist – A quintessential Inle Lake experience. After breakfast we begin in true Inle Lake fashion: by boat. We’ll discover all the lake’s natural beauty, visit the...

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Nov 24, 2014 - Day 9 (Life On Inle)

“Inle Lake in is a vast natural lake surrounded by Shan villages. On the lake itself the Intha people have been living for many centuries in villages built entirely on stilts. Today will be one long iconic photo moment after another. The lake is so large and the villages so spread out that Inle never feels too crowded. On and around the lake, traditional markets are held in different villages according to a 5-day rotating schedule. After lunch we’ll leave solitude behind and visit one of these colourful markets frequented by Shan and PaO...

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Nov 24, 2014 - Day 9 (Inle Lake School Visit)

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We didn’t know what was in store for us once we were finished lunch with the local family. We got back into the boat headed towards the wide-open expanse of Inle Lake and then directly across it. We were zooming along at full speed with the spray soaring high in the air from the force of the boat cutting through the water. Ahead I could see a village where the all houses seemed to be built on stilts. The boat slowed to a quiet crawl and we were able to soak in the atmosphere of the wooden houses and the water...

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Nov 23, 2014 - Day 8 (Fly/Bike/Hike/Boat)

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND “A short flight takes us to Heho, and we’ll journey into Inle Lake the best way possible: by bike! As you arrive your two wheels are waiting and we’ll start a leisurely 4-hour biking trip down to Indein. Today isn’t technical, however we ride mostly off-road, and the majority of the roads are flat or downhill after we get through a few uphill portions in the beginning. Today’s highlight is passing through numerous Pa O villages in an area where few visitors go - a great experience for our intrepid selves! We have time...

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May 28, 2013 - Day 10 Trekking Inle Lake

Sunburnt yesterday so covering up a bit more today,& it wasn't only me.We must be more careful as we are going to be on the water as well as doing a lot of walking today.Win collected any toothbrushes & soap we may have (from our hotel rooms) to give to the children in the villages we will be visiting.One thing we have noticed is that the kids here love to say hello,smile, & have their photo taken,even if it is after a bit of initial wariness. After breakfast we traveled by longboat again to a local produce market,there sure is a lot of...

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May 27, 2013 - Day 9 Lake Inle

Today we spent the day on the lake exploring it's floating gardens & getting an insight into the lives of those who live on the lake.There are 26 villages on the lake & many of these have fishing as their means of support.these fishermen are famous for their unique 'leg rowing' technique.One has to see it to understand it. We set out in long-boats with 5 to a boat.They are motor driven & quite noisy.It was a surprise to see acres of tomatoes growing in the lake.Dotted among the fishing villages are many workshops,& yes,we visited some of...

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