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!!!

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It was very interesting to watch fishermen here paddling with one leg

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Fisherman

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Houses on Inle Lake

Phaung Daw Oo Paya, Inle Lake

Phaung Daw Oo Paya

Phaung Daw Oo Paya, Inle Lake

Believe it or not, inside these 5 gold blobs are 5 Budda statues – Phaung Daw Oo Paya

Phaung Daw Oo Paya, Inle Lake

A local walking near Phaung Daw Oo Paya

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Boat drivers use a long handle at the end of the boat to navigate

Extracting lotus fibre

Extracting fiber from lotus stem & root

Lotus-fibre shawls at $160 per piece

Once finished, a shawl made from lotus-root fiber has a staggering price tag of $160

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View from a weaving shop

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Boat drivers having drinks and some snacks while waiting for tourists at a weaving workshop

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This is how local men paddle, with a leg. Very cool!!!

Inthein

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.

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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.

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This drum is huge

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All houses put old rustic cans on their fences and gates

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Old stupas

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Details of a stupa. If you look carefully, you can see a Buddha in the niche

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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!!!

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The two on the right were the loudest

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This shy novice was the only one who did not ask for anything. A very gentle and cute little boy. Love him!

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They even asked my Dutch friend to let them try on his sun glasses

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My Dutch friend was showing them his guide book with photos of the region

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See how different this one was from the others?

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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.

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A moment of silence

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This looks very much like somewhere in Northern Vietnam

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Very cute kids

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Local women smoking cigars and chatting

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Local cigars

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A small shop

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Going home

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Local women buying the local rice wine

Graduation photos

Graduation photos among rusty containers, bags of dry foods and other stuffs

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A very cute little boy having thanaka on his face

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Ruins in Inthein

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This group of small temples on the way to the main one is really beautiful, with very intricate stone carvings.

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Stone elephant

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Temple gate

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Temple gate

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Temple gate

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Beautiful old temples partly covered with vegetation.

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The long corridor leading to the main temple in Inthein

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The long corridor full of souvenir shops

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They were actually building new stupas in the main temple. Not nice at all.

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This is how ‘restoration’ is like in Myanmar. We called it ‘destruction site’, not ‘restoration site’.

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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.

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Old and new

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A Buddha hidden behind spider webs

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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.

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The Buddha statue inside is half covered in dirt.

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A group of new stupas by the lake

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A golden bird

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Not sure if this is a house, a restaurant, or a temple

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View from the Jumping Cat Monastery

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A local girl washing by the lake

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A local woman selling fruits on the lake

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A local woman