Myanmar getaway – day 5. Inle Lake (On the Lake)

I know the post is delayed, been caught up in other things to press the post button…

Early day today… wanted to head off to the lake before the sun came up and made everything unbearable.. even on the lake….  a day hire of a traditional boat costs around USD 15-18 depending on the ‘package’ you choose but generally includes the hotspots.. which would be

  • The moving market which changes location every day (5 days a week)
  • The floating gardens
  • Silverwork, weaving, and handicraft villages
  • The Kayan people or the ‘Long-neck’ ladies of Myanmar
  • Jumping cat monastery
  • and general riding around the lake watching the fisherfolk do their thing

Although some locations such as the workshops feel like obvious tourist traps, it seems like its locally and community owned, so if you want to help out the community it might be good to spend a little money there as a little will go a long way.

lunch on the river is a must, its an experience to dock to a restaurant hut on the lake and have a great lunch with a good view and then head off on the boat again.

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The view from our lunch stop… not too shabby

tomorrow, its back to yangon, and heading off early morning back to KL and onwards to Male’.

Related : Myanmar getaway – day 5. Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe)

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Myanmar getaway – day 3.Bagan

Update 1

Another early day. flight to bagan is at 8am, had to leave the hotel at around 6 to make it to the flight.. the lack of sleep and rest is getting to us…

check-in was easy.. no luggage belts and such.. we handed over our check-in luggage to the counter and a couple of guys came an took them away.. gave us some stickers to stick to our shirts for identification at the gate.. i guess it helps with the language barrier and to ensure people don’t get on the wrong flights…

however the local airlines seemed very efficient, whisking us away on a bus to the plane.. and leaving the tarmac full 15 mins before the scheduled flight time…  this was def a first.. we were warned about the quality of the airlines but the one we chose (Air KBZ) didn’t seem too bad…

Bagan Airport(Nyaung U) is as expected a tiny one, luggage was brought in by hand and  luggage tags checked and we were able to claim and move out… had to buy the Bagan Archaeological Zone pass for USD 20 from the airport. this pass gives us access to the area’s pagodas/temples etc. went out took a taxi for USD 6 to our hotel in old bagan… pretty hassle free.

Hotel turned out to be a pleasant surprise.. seemed like we got a very good deal and ended up in a pretty high end one for a lowish price… was nice.. decided to make this a day for recuperation since we really needed to pay our rest and sleep debt. exploring for later in the day.

Update 2

For lunch tried a Myanmar themed set.. was yummy reminded me of thai, indian sort of fusion… not bad at all.. not spicy.. mild balanced flavours.

Explore time… the area is huge.. so exploring on foot was out of the question. we rented some e-bikes which are easy to use and allowed us to do whatever we wanted on our own time… looks cute..

Had to turn in relatively early… was exhausted.. and tomorrow is a big day! proper exploration of the area…

related:

Day 2 : https://noodlydoodly.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/myanmar-getaway-day-2-yangonfor-di/