We stayed at the Blissful Inn Nyaung Shwe. It was a good economy stay. We had a room with 2 twin beds and a private bathroom. The breakfast included eggs, fruit, and toast; which was balanced enough to be a good start to the day. The hotel was walking distance to the town center. While walking to the boats, we saw only a handful of tourists.
A girl that we met in Mandalay gave us the card of an independently owned tour boat operator. As luck would have it, the first man we approached happened to be the right guy! The wife and son of the owner took us out for the day. The woman's English was very good and she shared a lot of interesting information about Buddhism.
|Fishing on Inle Lake|
Our first stop was a silver workshop; one of those extra stops added into trips to try to encourage tourists to spend money. Unfortunately, we wanted to buy something, but were on a tight budget. I got the feeling that most of the tourists that had come through were rich older people. They were thoroughly unconvinced that we had a tight budget.
|Our guide telling us about stupas.|
|Neck coils; woman with the longest neck in the background|
|Cool setup of out lunch stop|
We had two more stops on our way back to the port. We passed through a village of incredible stilted homes. Talk about feats of engineering! The houses looked too big for the thin stilts they sat on. They each had similar looking boats tethered to a small dock. I had seen houses stilted over land, but never over water. A little scary! Its interesting that these communities are so self-sustaining. I'm curious though; where does their refuse go? Do they not produce any dangerous litter? The area was so clean, with the exception of the houses, it almost felt untouched.
|Man picking flower|
We headed back to the dock and thanked our guide. It really was an excellent and educational day. If I had anything to do over, I would have packed more water and slathered on an extra layer of sunscreen.