The beauty of Myanmar’s Inle Lake is not limited to nature, but also draws from the relationship between the Intha people who derive their livelihood from this lake. The village grows out of the water while the fish from within provide sustenance. And now, the beautiful scenery is providing another source of income in the form of visiting tourists. Surrounded by mountains on all sides , the lake in the middle is so clear and reflective like a big mirror. Continue reading
Inle is one of Myanmar’s largest fresh water lakes, located in the middle of the country. There are two ways to see the lake, the first is by boat and the second is by bike. Seeing the villages by both methods gives you a different perspective and allows you to see more of this beautiful area. Continue reading
One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to visit to the local markets. The cacophony of sights, sounds, and smells adds to the ambience of the city. Watching people as they go through their daily tasks is a wonderful way immerse yourself in the local life of a new city. Continue reading
We were fortunate to be visiting In Dain during a festival. People traveled from villages all over the Inle lake region to congregate at the temple. Women got dressed up in their finest garb; men set up the family shrine and sat back and had drinks with their friends; while kids ran around in excitement. The mood was festive. As the afternoon approached, the sound of the drums got louder. Monks from all around came and joined the procession going from the top of the temple down to the market area. As they walked by, bowls of alms filled with rice are offered to the Buddhist monks, some of whom are quite young.
Today we headed north to Inle Lake, an area full of small fishing villages. While visiting one of the villages on the lake, we saw a procession of children. School had just let out and they walked across the bridge to the dock where they waited to be picked up by boat to go home. Like children everywhere, these kids were quite happy to be done with school for the day.