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Travel Blogs from Inle Lake
Set out at 8.30 by boat and travelled to a nearby village through a canal surrounded by floating gardens. Met our three guides/porters who were also carrying our lunch and water for us. We headed out through the village passing farms, across rickety bridges and the up into the Shan Hills. First stop after about an hour and a half of trekking was …
An early start today leaving the hotel by boat at 7am by local boat. Our group had 3 boats each with 4 people in them. Our first stop was the regions local market across the other side of the lake. Took about 45 mins in the boat and the 30 minute walk into the village.These markets rotate around the lakes many villages on a 5 day cycle. The market …
A little cooler this morning in the hill town of Kalaw. Set off at 9am to visit a viewing spot above the town where there was a monastery with dozens of dogs all sleeping in the dirt in the sun. Then back into town to visit the local market. Bought some samosa for lunch and had a tinned ice coffee in a local cafe. We then went to the train station …
... with nets, which require the use of two hands. Because most of them fish solo, they are forced to use their legs to steer the boat as they use the nets, which has led them to develop a technique for paddling the oar with their leg. With one leg wrapped around the handle of the oar, they will stand at the front of the boat and step out as if they are about to fall in the water. Instead, they somehow maintain their balance and pull their ...
... curries for you! It’s a nice meal though and we end up heading to a local bar and having a beer before going back to the hotel.
It’s an even earlier start the next day. The group has split and we’re in the bunch that has hired a couple more longtail boats for the morning. We head down to the dock once again, and then we’re doing the familiar run up the canal and onto the lake – though the weather seems to be even more grey ...
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