Inle Lake was one of my favorite parts of our Myanmar trip.

December 05, 2015for blog_IMG0792_

We boarded two long tail cargo canoes (for us and our luggage) to get to our hotel. The canoes are motor powered and took us over an hour to reach the Golden Island Cottages. Yes, all transportation is by boat. Inle lake is not deep. Probably no deeper than six feet in most places. The long tail boats were our transportation for our three days in this area.

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9199_On our way to our hotel two of the guys threw feed up to entice seagulls to hover overhead so we could get some good photos. I love how in the first photo it looks like a gull scolding another.

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9133_  December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9175_

On our way to the hotel we passed numerous leg rowers casting their fishing nets. They are so picturesque.

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9050_  December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9051_  December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9079_  December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9100_

Fishermen also use this technique after setting their nets in the lake. They use their oar and splash it down into the water at the opposite end of the canoe from the net. This is done to scare the fish and to encourage them to got into the net.

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9111_

Upon our arrival at our hotel, the staff was singing and playing instruments to welcome us. We were also presented with hot tea each time we arrived at the hotel from our many excursions each day.

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9187_  December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9193_  December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9200_ We each had an individual cabin on (actually in) the water.

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9298_

My cottage was lovely.

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9201_

Though it never rains in December in Inle, it did so we had to make the best of it. On our way out to visit shops in the area, we saw how the people live in this area.

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9452_-2

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9315_  December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9329_  December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9332_  December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9344_  December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9346_-2

Here I watched this mama taking her daughter to school. This canoe did not have a motor, just a single oar paddled by the mama. I was not able to get a photo of the little girl going up the stairs to the school.

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9335_  December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9339_  December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9342_


Our first stop was a silk and lotus weaving village. This first photo is of a woman extracting fiber from lotus stalks. A four-inch section can yield 10 or more strands, three feet long. The strands are rolled together and spun to create a wonderful soft yarn, then woven into fabric worth a fortune. I was so impressed with the process that I bought a lotus and silk scarf for $50. The all lotus scarves were extremely more expensive.

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9356_

Silk was being strung on frames to be tie-dyed, then mounted on a loom to be woven with lovely soft traditional ikat designs. I was particularly interested in how this woman was squatting on the bench while weaving. I tried to talk to her about that and we both smiled. Asian people are used to squatting like this.

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9381_

This is an example of an ikat design. After watching how they weave the fabric, it is no wonder that it is so expensive and coveted.  
December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9371_    

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9370_

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9397_


December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9385_ I loved this hair ornament.

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9384_

First I watched this woman sitting on the floor spinning yarn, matching colors, attaching strands, and keeping track of everything.

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9392_

A bit later I saw her walking off. Wow, did her work contribute to the curvature of her back?

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9375_

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9376_

Our next stop was the blacksmith village where old truck springs are shaped into machetes and plow blades. This is done by heating the metal and pounding with heavy sledgehammers by three to four men simultaneously. Amazing how they can pound one after the other without hitting each other.

December 03, 2015for blog_IMG9443_

Here are several photos taken on Inle Lake, mostly around our hotel.

December 04, 2015for blog_IMG9541_  December 04, 2015for blog_IMG9542_  December 04, 2015for blog_IMG9548_  December 04, 2015for blog_IMG9549_  December 04, 2015for blog_IMG9550_  December 04, 2015for blog_IMG9554_  December 04, 2015for blog_IMG9571_  December 04, 2015for blog_IMG9579_ On our second day in Inle Lake, when it was unusually chilly and rainy, I saw a sign in the hotel that said “Massage, one hour 8,000 Kyat (Under $8). So instead of going by canoe to visit the water gardens I decided to get a massage. They give the massages in your room. When I asked at the desk, the attendant said it would be about 30 minutes because she had to call the masseur who would have to come from the village. As I waited in my cabin I took this photo of a guy in a canoe. Yes, that turned out to be my masseur. And the massage was good. I gave him $10 and he was delighted.

December 04, 2015for blog_IMG9567_

Here is a photo of a leg rower showing how he wraps one leg around the oar while the other foot is on the end of the canoe and his hands are free to do deal with his fishing net.

December 05, 2015for blog_IMG0186_




The amazing leg rowers.

December 05, 2015for blog_IMG0195_  December 05, 2015for blog_IMG0489_  December 05, 2015for blog_IMG0602_   December 05, 2015for blog_IMG0893_

December 05, 2015for blog_IMG0253_  December 05, 2015for blog_IMG0482_  December 05, 2015for blog_IMG0602_  December 05, 2015for blog_IMG0746_  December 05, 2015for blog_IMG0779_  December 05, 2015for blog_IMG0837_

These guys are taking water weed (sea weed) from the lake and will be using it to build up their gardens (water gardens) in Inle Lake.

December 05, 2015for blog_IMG0877_