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// APRIL 2016
Where the Past Meets the Present
Yangon
Bagan
Bagan
Mandalay
Inle Lake
Yangon
Bangkok
Thessaloniki
Istanbul
Bangkok
He Ho
Nyaungshwe
Nga Phe Chaung Monastery
He Ho

Inle Lake


4rth of May
Magic Lake!!!

In the morning we were transported to the airport of Mandalay, where we said good bye to our tour guide and flew towards Heho with Air KBZ.

When we arrived, we met our tour guide, for the next two coming days, Ms. Win and moved towards Nyaung Shwe, a little town, near the shores of Inle Lake.

On the way, we stopped, so as to see the Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, 



a fascinating building made of teak wood. It was constructed in the beginning of the 19th century, it had oval windows, it was painted red and it was richly decorated with mosaics and golden ornaments. 

We arrived at the small town Nyaung Shwe, the main access point to Inle Lake.

We had a tour to its outdoors market, to the Nyaung Shwe market, 

 


 

where from we bought cigars. 

Next, along with our tour guide we embarked  into a boat , crossed the central channel,
 


arrived at Inle Lake and reached our hotel Myanmar Treasure Resort Inle.



Soon, we were in our room, where we had some rest, while waiting for the very hot hours of noon and early afternoon to pass. 

 

Water State!!!

Early in the afternoon we embarked again in another boat, along with Ms. Win, and started our visits to hidden corners of the water state, where Buddhism coexists with the traditional and extremely photographic way of life of the people who live at the shores of Inle Lake.
Floating gardens and houses based upon wooden pillars, fishermen who catch fish with the area’s traditional way and pagodas reflecting into the waters.  

While going towards Nga Phe Chaung monastery, we saw in front of us a fisherman who was fishing with the famous, for Inle Lake, method, by sifting the waters with a paddle, tied to his leg. 

 


We took many photos and then continued our journey towards the wooden monastery, famous for its cats, trained by the monks to jump through annulus.

The monastery is also quite well known for a collection of old Burmese Buddha statues, all coming from different areas, worth seeing indeed. 
 


Floating villages…Floating gardens...

We continued towards Kaylar village which is situated in the middle part of the lake and is famous for its  floating gardens
 


The villagers earn their living from fishing and agriculture. In the floating gardens are grown mainly tomatoes and sometimes peas and chilly peppers.

During our course, we could see continuously villagers collecting sediments from the lake, so as to use them as fertilizer. Meanwhile, we were crossing paths with many other boats. 



 

We continued towards Inn Paw Κhοn village, a characteristic floating village in Inle Lake.
The houses are made of bamboo and are based on top of long bamboo sticks too, which hold them above the waters of the lake.
This saves the problem of the fluctuation in the water level, dry or raining seasons.
Moreover, the space beneath the houses is used for boat safekeeping. 
 


During our visit to a textile shop we watched how the root of the lotus is used for making fabric for the traditional, local cloth, the longyi.
It is a sheet of cloth tied around the waist and worn like a long skirt by women and men too.
It is ideal for high temperatures.
It is usually made of silk or cotton, while with the addition of the lotus root is worn only by monks or in very special occasions. 

We continued our trip to Se'Kaung village (black smith) and to Pauk pa village (boat making and cigar) , where we found out how they make the local cigars. Meanwhile, while we were sailing in the channel, we could see at the shores of the lake boat craftsmen who were making the boats used by the fishermen who fish in the lake with the paddle tied to their leg.

When our tour reached its end, we returned to our hotel.
 

 

We went for a walk, so as to become acquainted with the neighboring area and enjoyed the sunset, afterwards, while drinking beers on our hotel room’s veranda. 

 

 

Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Date: 2016
Route: Myanmar (Burma)
Cities: Yangon, Bagan, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Yangon, Bangkok
Duration: 8
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Population: 54.704.285
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Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Date: 2016
Route: Myanmar (Burma)
Cities: Yangon, Bagan, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Yangon, Bangkok
Duration: 8
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Population: 54.704.285
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Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Date: 2016
Route: Myanmar (Burma)
Cities: Yangon, Bagan, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Yangon, Bangkok
Duration: 8 days
Difficulty:
Population: 54.704.285
Rating:
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