Postcards from Abroad

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Intriguing Inle Lake and Natural Ngapali

James and Cate in Myanmar
Whilst sitting in Heho airport we felt in a bit of a daze digesting our action packed itinerary at Inle Lake. Inle is far more touristy than anywhere we have been as it is the place everyone visits; that said it has a charm of its own and we can understand its allure. 
Inle Lake
We are pleased with our choice of staying in bustling Nyaungshwe as it is a great base for exploration of the local area e.g the hot springs and the Red Mountain Winery plus visits to the lake by day, also enabling us to wander about in the town during the evening.
 Roaring river boats, lake-side villages on stilts, traditional and modern fishermen, floating gardens, monasteries with unusual nicknames such as Jumping Cat, lotus weaving, cigar and boat making, Nam Pan market, Shan soup, the startling Padaung and their neck rings, trekking, rice paddies, crumbling overgrown stupas and beautiful birds. Inle Lake has it all.
Inle Lake 2
Padaung lady in Inle Lake
Inle Lake. Cigar making
Stupa in Inle Lake
The numerous stilted villages of the Intha 'sons of the lake' mean there is always something to watch and do. The traditional fishermen using conical nets with their amazing leg rowing technique. Fruit and veg being tended on floating gardens, washing of clothes, meal preparation etc means life is never boring as one glides by.
amazing leg technique Inle Lake
vegetables growing on floating gardens Inle Lake
Inle Lake floating villages
Surviving our 9km trek in 33 degree heat was a relief, the 2 tiny pagodas at the top of the hill with a single resident monk made it all worthwhile. Not another tourist in sight and the hill top frangipani trees were glorious, a unique place of calm, peace and tranquillity. Sadly our view of the lake was hazy but that seems irrelevant as the monk waved us goodbye from his hilltop abode. A wonderful experience never to be forgotten.
Inle Lake monk 
We had forgotten we had a free day in Inle. This turned out to be a real bonus as our lovely guide Min invited us to lunch at his house - we later found out he had never done this before. His wife is a brilliant cook and provided us with two tasty soups, a fish curry and rice. Their generous hospitality was touching and Min later took us to his village stupa and the hot springs.
We think Myanmar is unique as the people are so warm, kind and appreciative of tourist enjoyment. We were very sad to leave  the area but once we were introduced to Ngapali our mood lifted.
Lunch with our guide Min at his house
Ngapali is delightful - an oasis of calm as one has time to reflect on all the wonderful things we experienced in Myanmar. The crashing waves, swaying palms, pristine beach and glorious sunshine. Magical, mystical and marvellous are words which sum up our month’s adventure in this country. 
Ngapali Beach
Ngapali Beach at night
The final treat for us was our driver for the first 10 days, U Kyin, meeting us at Yangon airport to transfer us between terminals. We were all delighted to see each other again! A touching moment.
Thank you Eastravel for a brilliant itinerary, everything went smoothly and the local guides went that extra mile to ensure we had a truly memorable experience...... unforgettable!
Departing from Inle Lake
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