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Feb 11, 2019 - Last day of our holiday

Another big day on the lake. Set off in our long boats again at 8.30 and cruised to the far side of the lake to the village of Indeon and enjoyed their local market. We then jumped in the boats again and travelled up one of the rivers that run into the lake. It was narrow, fast flowing and winding and our boats had to almost jump over the rapids. We stopped off at a point with many ancient stupa's along side a magnificent temple. There was well over a thousand stupa's that had been donated in the name of Buddha. Tonight we will have our...

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Feb 10, 2019 - Inle Lake

Fabulous day today. Spent the whole day on and about the lake. The lake is 22 Klm long by 15 Klm wide and supports many thousands who live on the lake in houses on stilts. They grow their crops on floating gardens which have built up over the years on floating weeds. The fishermen here are unique in that they use a foot to control a single paddle. We cruised around the lake in long boats with 4 people to a boat stopping at many sights and different workshops. Cruising in and around the floating villages was fascinating seeing all the locals...

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Feb 9, 2019 - Inle Lake

Saturday, 9th. Hurrah! We are now at Inle Lake and have a decent wi-if again. Will do a quick upload of the last few days blog to catch up. Today was a little more relaxing. Got up early for transport by bus to Mandalay airport. Our flight to Heho was only 25 minutes on a small plane. It was free seating on the plane so everyone rushed to the left hand side for the best views of the mountains and the lake. Arrived mid morning so found another interesting temple to visit before lunch and before heading to our accommodation for next 3 nights....

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Mar 19, 2018 - From the river to Inle Lake

I am catching up on writing for this blog, so I will summarize. If we have time later in the week we can elaborate on some of this. Lois writing: Thursday evening 3/15 We were treated to a wonderful dance performance by students from the Mandalay University of Culture. Five performers, each dance was a complete skit, and the costumes and talent were fabulous! Also, we forgot to mention that on Sunday evening, we had a puppet show, with some elaborate marionettes. It was okay, but didn't keep our attention for an hour. Friday 3/16 John...

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Nov 21, 2016 - The beginning of the Myanmar cycle tour...

It’s been a few days since I wrote my journal as it really has been non stop on the tour! I have just peeled myself away from the group as they were pottering around a market in Pindaya to come and try and get myself a bit up to date before more days run away from me! When I last left off I had just arrived at the hotel, met my tour group and had been out for my first dinner with them…. We woke early the next morning as we had an 8am flight. As standard for me I didn’t sleep all that well, most likely because I was aware of the early rise...

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Oct 19, 2016 - All day on Inle Lake & farewell dinner

Wed, Oct 19 Bleary eyed, we made it to the lobby by 5:15am. We each got a breakfast box to take with us. I think we were supposed to take a bus to the pier to catch our boats but when one didn't show up, we started out walking. It was, thankfully, cooler at that time of morning but still a bit humid. We had a 15-20 minute walk. We were leaving so early because this was the last day of the 18 day Phaung Daw Oo Paya festival and we knew the waters would be thick with people wanting to get good spots to see the parade of boats. We wanted to...

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Oct 18, 2016 - Fabulous Burmese Cooking Class

Cooking class of Burmese dishes! By elise.... We had an evening off after traveling several hours to Inle Lake today, arriving about 1:30 pm - just in time for a late lunch. After we settled into the hotel, a few of us walked to get the basic layout of our new village and found a nice small Western-style bistro for lunch. I had very good hummus & mini rice pancakes and Erica had a chicken burger sandwich. We both had a nice So African White Wine w/ lunch which was oddly cheaper than the local Myanmar wine. Go figure. After lunch the rest...

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Oct 18, 2016 - Lots of Buddhas in a cave & Moving to Inle Lake

Sunday, Oct 18 After breakfast, we loaded up the bus and started back down the mountain for Inle (in-lay) Lake. We'd be making a couple of stops along the way. I took a lot of countryside pics as we went along and I'll post some of them so you can see what daily like in the country looks like. Our first stop was at Pindaya Caves. The Pindaya cave is an important pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists and an unusual sights for tourists. The cave is set in a limestone hill in Central Burma not far from Inle Lake. The hill contains three...

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Mar 28, 2016 - Romantic Inle Lake

Luckily we were able to take a JJ Express bus (arranged with a travel agency over the internet) during the day to Inle Lake, soaking up the scenery along the way. At one point, our bus stopped for several minutes to make room for yet another initiation parade en route to the temple. We arrived within plenty of time for happy hour and found some delectable blue drinks overlooking yet another lovely temple with a sunset-colored backdrop. Wait a minute! Once again we were treated to an ordination parade from our bar-top perch. Just can't seem...

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Nov 5, 2015 - Inle Lake

Breakfast outside before a departure at 8 in the boats. Forgot to say yesterday's update was finished in the bar after dinner but no alcohol ...... yet! It is a little cloudy still but bird life abounds. River cormorants are drying their wings on posts, martins or swifts are darting and dipping in the water and a brilliant tiny kingfisher poses on on a post. As the day brightens the water sparkles as we zip along between small floating islands of water hyacinths. The Intha fisherman who have been out early are selling their catch to the...

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Nov 4, 2015 - Fly to Inle Lake (Kalaw)

Heigh-ho, heigh-Ho - it's to the hills & lake we go! Sorry, had to be done (especially for you Rev Prof Kemp! Feeling much better today & ready for our flight to Heho in Shan State, the 2nd largest in Myanmar. Interesting start to the day as we are convivially accosted by a drunk Korean at breakfast! Yangon airport is being developed ready for the expected increase in tourism to come. Quite fun watching a 2 year old girl rushing round the airport in VERY squeaky shoes. We are all given stickers (toy planes) to mark which flight we are on....

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Oct 29, 2015 - Kakku Stupas (near Inle Lake)

28 October 2015 – Kakku (Inle Lake Area) It’s full moon this evening. All around the town, the sound of firecrackers interrupt the night. The last night of a festival in the Inle area – our hotel manager apologizes for the locals and the noise. But I see it as an affirmation of Myanmar joy of life. And in the background, is the unspoken hope for the future of their country. Today we traveled for 5 hours by car to join the pilgrimage to the Pa-O peoples main temple area in Kakku. Over 2,500 stupas located in a lush hillside. Although there...

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