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Myanmar, Inle Lake - Why you shouldn't miss it!
Think of a large and calm lake with crystalline waters, surrounded by swamps, swimming pools, stilts, convents and buddhistic shrines. Think of those who row with their feet, with moves that look like they' re doing a dance; indigenous fisherman who use conic cages instead of dull equipment; long necked ladies who weave long floral textiles; and artisans who make cheroot out of maize necks and the finest whitewash.
that this place, which is like a figment of my imagination, exists and is in Myanmar. Bienvenue. Welcome to Inle Lake. To the south-east of Mandalay, Inle is a flat freshwater lake in the heart of Myanmar. It is the second largest lake in the state, with an area of 44.9 sq. km (116 km²), and serves an estimated 70,000 inhabitants living in four towns by the lake.
Admittedly, I didn't expect too much from Inle Lake and even thought about visiting him or not. Is this lake going to be different from all the others I have been to? Do I go there just to take a boating tour? On all these issues, I chose to take a overnight coach and then a cab from Mandalay to Nyaung Shwe, the town where Lake Inle is situated, to find out why this lake is one of the most popular places in Myanmar.
Arriving in Nyaung Shwe early in the mornings, after I found a motel, rested and had my breakfasts, I walked through the town. Near Nyaung Shwe is very small and there is not much to do except to visit some small villages, convents and cloisters and to cycle around the lake.
Nyaung Shwe's most favorite sport is a cruise to Inle Lake. My second outing in Nyaung Shwe I awoke early in the mornings to meet the bosun who took me to Inle Lake with his wood outboat.
It was still not sure if this would be a good route and my journey to Inle Lake was worth it. However, everything was different when we walked on the lake. Standing in front of a vast and wonderful lake with crystalline waters, I saw enormous hills. We smiled with a big face and the clear blue skies and sailed over the clear waters to our first stop.
Passing a dozen swimming pools where natives grow sunflowers, gherkins, chilli, etc., and stilted homes with one and two storeys, we came to a viaduct that connects the lake to a stretch of ground. It is a viaduct that connects Lake Inle with the mainland. When I left the boat for 10 minutes, I went to a very colourful and vibrant village fair with folks who sold meats, clothing, flowers, fruit, vegetable, souvenirs and food I had never had before.
So did I. I walked out of the square, saw my bosun again, and we traversed the lake to our second stop: a silvery shed. But when I heard them explaining the use of nitrate, zink, aluminum as well as the use of cooper, I came back to the days when I was a student of chemical engineering at the Faculty of Science in Myanmar, and I was even more enthusiastic about it.
Only a few moments away from the silversmiths, we stop in a weaver' and after seeing the ladies weave cloth with looms, I discover that they make the cloth from lotuses. I' never thought you could make a shawl out of lotuses. Not even lunchtime, but my Inle Lake trip went much better than I had anticipated, and I was already thankful.
Someone who extracts the fibres from the stems of lotuses. Approximately 4000 stems of lotsus blossoms and 2 month to make a shawl. Third stop was Inn Joe Phyu, Inle Traditional Handcraft & Cheroot. You make the filters with corn and papermaking, blend the tobaccos with aniseed, honeys, bananas and peppermint and make the paste with Tamarinde, paddy and watermel.
Though these places can sometimes be regarded as too touristic, I was really amazed and enthusiastic that I saw all these things during my Inle Lake trip. Continuing our trip, this year to a shanty. The Phaung Daw Oo is one of the most important peaks on Lake Inle and was built over 100 years ago.
At noon we went along one of the channels to our next station, another weavery, but this year with a very particular female weaver, a "long-necked woman". Many of the mothers have also emigrated to various parts of Myanmar and even other parts of the country to find a way to earn a doodle.
The last stop was in the town of Nga Hpe Chaung to see the famed Kyaun Khon Kyaung (Jumping Cat Monastery), erected in 1855, four years before the Mandalay Palace. Breathtaking tea tree convent erected on piles over the lake, with an important selection of old Buddha paintings in Shan, Tibet, Bagan and Ava styles.
Returning to Nyaung Shwe I had the chance to swim again on the crystalline waters of Inle Lake, marvel at the stunning scenery and see the last of the Ballett-Fischer. The bosun even asked if I wanted to dive into the pool. Cruising ended around 3:30pm and there was no question that Inle Lake, this very particular and amazingly charming place, should not be missing from a Myanmar city.
Booking your fascinating Inle Lake full day tour now with Viator, a travel consultancy. Where' s Inle Lake? Lake Inle is situated in the Nyaungshwe Township of the Taunggyi District of Shan State, a part of the Shan Hills in Myanmar (see here). What is the way to Inle Lake? In Inle Lake you can buy buses, flights and trains.
By plane (domestic only) This is the simplest and most convenient way to get to Lake Inle, and the nearest airfield is in Heho, which is a 1 hr cab drive from the lake itself. Taking a coach is the least expensive and simplest way to explore Myanmar.
From Bagan there are 2 busses at 7:30 and 19:30; it lasts 8.5 hours to Nyaung Shwe and is 11,000 Ks (US$ 8.1). Inle Lake, Myanmar, is best viewed from November to February when the weather is warmer and the temperatures are warmer. and it was very steamy and arid.
What is the best place to spend the night in Inle Lake? Several of Nyuang Shwe (Inle Lake) properties I suggest are: Ustello Bello Nyaung Shwe. Hotel Emperor-Inle and Inle Apex Hotel. Luxury: Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort Inle and Myanmar Treasure Resorts Inle.