Cooling down by Inle Lake

Trip Start Mar 20, 2009
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Trip End Jul 15, 2010


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Monday, May 11, 2009

A 15h bus ride to reach the place! Lovely...

Good news is after one week under 50 degrees we finally got some rain!! On the way, the bus driver had to clean the road from falling rocks coming down the mountains from time to time or avoid water/mud currents on the road.

When I saw the little village called Nyangshe close to the lake I knew where I'd spend my 2nd week... Very relaxed, laid back fishing village, a great climate (elevation is 800m above sea level). Very nice guest house called 'Little inn' with great breakfast and service from the friendly staff. Activities included touring with a bike to visit local markets and villages along the canals, visiting the local winery for my articles (great wines! - see article attached), taking a boat to see the fishermen in action, the floating markets and villages on the lake itself which is 22km long and 11km wide at elevation 880m.





















 

















 
Aythaya Winery
Amazing winery with great wine, owned by a German and managed on the technical side by another German, named Hans. I realize how tough is my job... visiting vineyards and tasting local wines...
 





 
 
Biking around Nyangshe
One day as I was riding my bike around these villages, I got invited to this house in the middle of the rice fields where a guy in his late thirties gave me some fish and what looked like water. I thought "My stomach will be screwed for sure, but who cares... this is part of what a cultural dive is about...". The fish happened to be excellent and the glass of "water" was in fact yummy "rice wine" which we enjoyed for the following 3 hours! Fun to connect with locals when you just have 3 words in common!! After drinking a fair amount of rice wine we reached the top of the hill (by bike.. ouch) and saw a monk celebration (novices becoming monks). I was the only non-Burmese and that's always a bonus... 
 




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Little inn
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