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Postcard 4 - From Myanmar(Burma)

Though we wished the river cruise had lasted longer, we were looking forward to seeing Inle Lake, and we are so glad we took the opportunity to do so. A 30-minute flight from Mandalay brought us to Heho Airport in Shan State. At an elevation of nearly 4,000 feet, we experienced an abrupt change in temperature, feeling almost chilly after experiencing nothing but heat and humidity since arriving in the country.

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Tea with our guide Kyi  & local young people/Farm market in Aungpan

We were again in the care of an Asian Trails guide–this one named Kyi–who guided us to popular destinations such as Pindaya Caves with its thousands of Buddha statues, and to obscure places like the monastery in the village of Kayut-Htep, where we met and were served tea and snacks by some gracious and curious young people. Below the caves in Pindaya we visited a family-run paper-making operation. Here, we watched the process from pounding the mulberry bark, to soaking and spreading the fibers in a water bath, to decorating and drying the paper. They also hand-made many useful products such as lampshades and umbrellas. Remarkable to observe the great skill and time involved.

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 Building reflections on Inle Lake/Family-run paper-making operation

We spent the evening and enjoyed dinner at Royal Kalaw Hills Resort in the old hill station of Kalaw.  Before heading to Inle Lake next morning, we visited a decrepit colonial mansion and the 1930's-era train station. En route, we wandered through the bustling wholesale farm market in Aungpan, before arriving in Nyaungshwe, our guide's hometown. Here we and our luggage transferred to a long-tail boat. It transported us to Inle Princess Resort on the lakeshore. The final few hundred meters were powered traditional Inle Lake leg-rowing as our diesel engine was switched off.

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A local charmer/Detail of Inthein monument

Inle Lake is a remarkable and almost otherworldly place with its stilt villages and floating gardens. We spent one afternoon and the following morning traveling up and down the lake by long-tail boat, visiting a textile workshop where hand spinning and weaving yield beautiful silk fabric, and at a boatyard where the long-tails and smaller canoes are still fashioned by hand from teak. On our final morning, we traveled to the south end of the lake, then several miles up a creek to reach the village of Inthein. Here we climbed a long covered stairway (a zaungdan) to reach a stupa complex with over 1,000 of these mostly small religious monuments. Upon entering the temple here we ran into the Australian couple from our cruise who had also made onward travel arrangements in Myanmar before heading home.

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 We head across Inle Lake in a long-tailed boat.

We said hello and farewell to Michael and Barbara before we began our rather tortuous journey home. A boat journey down the creek, up the length of Inle Lake, was followed by a 1-hour drive to the Heho airport for a flight to Yangon, via Mandalay. A six hour layover in Yangon preceded a 3-hour flight to Hong Kong and a seven hour layover there, before an 11-hour flight and a 2-hour drive home. Though exhausted, we would do it again for a chance to visit this magical place.  Happy Travels, Janet and Stu

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Postcard #1 Galapagos Islands
Postcard 3 - From Myanmar (Burma)