Inle Lake

Inle Lake is on a plateau at about 2,900ft and is surrounded by a several small villages, including Nyaungshwe where we stayed at the May Guesthouse.  It also has villages built right on the marshy lake.  We rented a boat and spent most of the afternoon exploring the lake.  This series of photos shows both their traditional culture as well as their dependence on tourism.  Many of their activities are based on the tradition of fishing, leg rowing and floating gardens which likely has been constant for hundreds of years.  Tourism mixes in a series of workshops producing items such as lotus and silk weaving to cheroot leaf cigars.  Overall, we had a great tour of the lake.  And although we usually try to avoid tourist spots, it was fascinating nonetheless.  Including the hand full of Padaung “long neck” women weaving in one of the workshops.  These women stretch their necks by using brass rings.

Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery This all teak monastery, on the way to Nyaungshwe was built in the early 19th century. Young monks known as “novices” live here and were studying when we arrived.

Shwe Yan Pyay Monk This monk, at 88 years old, eats only one meal a day of rice.

 

Shan girl at market - near Inle Lake

Shan girl at market – near Inle Lake

 

Inle Lake village building

Inle Lake village building

 

Inle Lake - boat meeting

Inle Lake – boat meeting

 

Padaung woman

Padaung woman

 

Padaung Girl

Padaung Girl

 

Padaung weaver

Padaung weaver

 

Inle Lake - leg rower

Inle Lake – leg rower

 

Inle Lake - 1 down

Inle Lake – 1 down

Inle Lake - fisherman

Inle Lake – fisherman

Inle Lake - spearing

Inle Lake – spearing

Inle Lake - traditional net

Inle Lake – traditional net