Inle Lake, Myanmar

It’s a tight race between Bagan and Inle Lake for the most touristy place in Myanmar. Life on Inle Lake is the main attraction and there’s a plethora of boats and drivers ready to tour you around. They stop at several pre-arranged places: a weaving house, a silver jewellery manufacturer, a tobacco factory, etc. First you’re shown how the product is made and then you’re encouraged to buy. We still found the hand-made processes fascinating and the sales pitch wasn’t too pushy. Being paired with a really nice driver and new-made friends from Spain and Mexico ended up being a pretty nice day.

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Our cheerful driver.
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A typical house on the lake, built on stilts.
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Locals paddling through the lake. Sometimes it’s hard to tell where the lake ends and the marsh starts.
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On our way to the market.
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Heading home from the market with newly purchased goods.

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Temples popping up everywhere.
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On the last day we took a quiet bike ride outside of town.
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Another traditional meal costing $0.50

On our last day we came across this interesting construction site where they transport the concrete by hand shovel full by shovel full. So different than anything I’ve seen before!

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