Inle Lake in Burma (January)

1-Inle LakeThe second part of our trip to Burma was to visit Inle Lake. It’s this very large, shallow fresh water lake with many small villages edging its shores. Many of these are villages on stilts, and the only way to and from houses is on a boat.

Around the lake there are pagodas, new and old, to visit, but the main “attraction” is just to see life on the lake. There are fisherman that splash the water and use giant nets, and I’m still not quite sure how their technique helps them get fish, but it looks cool. And then there are the stilted villages and “floating” gardens, which I think use the floating vine plants to the dirt and the plants. Crazy stuff. As tourists we got shuttled around on big canoes with a loud motor on the back. If I lived in the lake I’d hate tourists, but everyone at the lake was very friendly and welcoming.

The lake is surrounded by many mountains and we did a hike one day. It was so hot I seriously almost didn’t make it. But, it was well worth it once I did make it, we had some great views of the lake and got to see what tows off the lake were like. Much of what is grown in the area is sugarcane, and there is a fair amount of rice, and some vegetables. Off the lake, and up in the mountains, we may have seen just as many cow-drawn carts as cars and trucks.

A typical stilted village in Inle Lake.
A typical stilted village in Inle Lake.
Fishing with slaps...
Fishing with slaps…
...and with nets.
…and with nets.
Floating gardens. I don't know what they do with the short ones, but they grow things like tomatoes on the tall ones.
Floating gardens. I don’t know what they do with the short ones, but they grow things like tomatoes on the tall ones.

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This is where we stayed -- the row of rooms is on a peninsula and they have balconies shaped to look like the lake's boats. Loved this hotel.
This is where we stayed — the rooms are on a peninsula and they have balconies shaped to look like the lake’s boats. Loved this hotel.
A view from the front of our boat as we leave the hotel to get to the main lake.
A view from the front of our boat as we leave the hotel to get to the main lake.
The post office (left) and a pre-school (right).
The post office (left) and a pre-school (right).
Village signs and electricity -- it looked like every village was connected to power. Probably not every house though.
Village signs and electricity — it looked like every village was connected to power. Probably not every house though.
How to do construction by boat.
How to do construction by boat.
A view of fields from a pagoda we hiked to.
A view of fields from a pagoda we hiked to.
A view from the big hike.
A view from the big hike.
One of the mountain villages. On the left coffee beans are drying.
One of the mountain villages. On the left our guide is showing us coffee beans drying.
One of the more idyllic looking farms we passed on our hike.
One of the more idyllic looking farms we passed on our hike.
We were on a boat like this.
We were on a boat like this.

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