A jump to Inle Lake
Trip Start Jan 16, 2009
52Trip End Nov 20, 2009
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The first thing I noticed when stepping off the plane in Heho airport near the lake was that the climate here is much more pleasant than in Yangon or Mandalay. This place is already on the mountainous area of the Shan states so it’s not so humid anymore and I guess the lakes also cools down the area a little bit
The boat ride turned out to be very interesting as the 300 or so pictures I took might suggest. For me it was the first time when I saw villages where almost every single house is built on stilts over the water or swamp. On lake there are also the huge floating gardens where they grow for example tomatoes and chilli that are sold as far as Yangon. They just put some soil and weed from the bottom of the lake for the roots and those plants just float on the water. I sure don’t know much about agriculture but that looked very special. We were also taken to many rather touristy places where different kinds of handicrafts made by the local people were being sold. We didn’t buy much even if the quality should be very good but it was quite interesting to see how they make for example silk, silverware, boats and paper without any machines
I’m already feeling better (or is it only because I had 2 imodiums before the boat trip yesterday?) so I’m considering starting tomorrow the 3-day trek on the opposite direction that I originally planned but it depends on how I feel later today and if I’m able to find some other people to trek and share the expenses of the guide with.