Day 8: Inle Lake
It was my best day in Myanmar. I had the best breakfast, the best weather, and the best boat trip with a girl from Lithuania and a guy from Holland. After 7 days of mishaps, delays, dusty roads, potholes, grey sky, rain, etc. I was more than delighted to see a new beautiful Myanmar in the sunlight. Enjoy the photos!!!
It was very interesting to watch fishermen here paddling with one leg
Houses on Inle Lake
Phaung Daw Oo Paya
Believe it or not, inside these 5 gold blobs are 5 Budda statues – Phaung Daw Oo Paya
A local walking near Phaung Daw Oo Paya
Boat drivers use a long handle at the end of the boat to navigate
Extracting fiber from lotus stem & root
Once finished, a shawl made from lotus-root fiber has a staggering price tag of $160
View from a weaving shop
Boat drivers having drinks and some snacks while waiting for tourists at a weaving workshop
This is how local men paddle, with a leg. Very cool!!!
We saw this group of people at Inthein boat jetty carrying offerings and playing strange instruments. We were very curious and decided to follow them.
They went to a house nearby, knocked at the door. Some women upstairs opened the windows, then came down to welcome the group in. Of course we were not invited to join them, so we kind of guessed it was a local traditional ceremony, maybe asking for a bride or throwing a birthday party for a new baby or an elderly, or something like that.
This drum is huge
All houses put old rustic cans on their fences and gates
Details of a stupa. If you look carefully, you can see a Buddha in the niche
This group of novice were loud, cheeky, and a bit naughty. They kept asking us (in English) for bonbon (sweets in French), and ‘lucky money’. I didn’t like it at all. Novices should never ask for foods and money from tourists, it is just wrong!!!
The two on the right were the loudest
This shy novice was the only one who did not ask for anything. A very gentle and cute little boy. Love him!
They even asked my Dutch friend to let them try on his sun glasses
My Dutch friend was showing them his guide book with photos of the region
See how different this one was from the others?
At the end, we wondered whether they actually understood what they were saying to us. We’d like to think of them as young innocent cheerful little novices.
A moment of silence
This looks very much like somewhere in Northern Vietnam
Very cute kids
Local women smoking cigars and chatting
A small shop
Local women buying the local rice wine
Graduation photos among rusty containers, bags of dry foods and other stuffs
A very cute little boy having thanaka on his face
Ruins in Inthein
This group of small temples on the way to the main one is really beautiful, with very intricate stone carvings.
Beautiful old temples partly covered with vegetation.
The long corridor leading to the main temple in Inthein
The long corridor full of souvenir shops
They were actually building new stupas in the main temple. Not nice at all.
This is how ‘restoration’ is like in Myanmar. We called it ‘destruction site’, not ‘restoration site’.
It’s ok to see a few new stupas among old ones, but it looks like they are going to ‘restore’ all stupas here using cement, yellow paint and brand new bells.
Old and new
A Buddha hidden behind spider webs
This temple was bombed during the war, its front door is now covered in bricks and dirt. You can just see the tip of a Buddha head. It looks magical in sunlight.
The Buddha statue inside is half covered in dirt.
A group of new stupas by the lake
A golden bird
Not sure if this is a house, a restaurant, or a temple
View from the Jumping Cat Monastery
A local girl washing by the lake
A local woman selling fruits on the lake
A local woman