Inle Lake

Trip Start May 05, 2008
Trip End May 05, 2013

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Aung Mingula Guesthouse

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

We stayed 2 nights in Aung Mingula guesthouse in Nyaungshwe and did a full day boat trip with Mr. Win and the slightly demented boatman. The boat trip was interesting, very touristy but enjoyable. Again the pics tell the story better than words. During the trip we stopped at a market, the floating village, silk weaving, knife workshop, silver workshop, more hand weaving and handicraft, cherup (cigar) making, umbrella shop etc. We also got to see two girls from the tribe that put rings around there necks to make them longer. The rings are really heavy and over time the push down the collar bone and shoulders so that the neck appears very long. It is really strange to see it for real but it actually looked nice. The boat tour is very touristy and many of the stops although interesting are setup so that you might buy something. The highlight came towards the end when we happened upon a wedding and were invited in. People were very interested in us and there was some musicans playing some strange music that sounded like everyone was just playing whatever they felt like. It was really awful music but everyone seemed to be enjoying them selves. Outside there was another band playing rock music. We were soon ushered on stage and they wanted us to sing a song with them. Angie was red and I can't sing a note. A guitar was put in my hands and  suddenly everybody had gathered to hear us. It was pretty nerve racking but I mananged a simple blues progression and some hotel california and it was a good laugh actually.

We really enjoyed the boat trip and it was amazing to see all the activity on the lake.

I really recommend it!
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