Our boatman for a trip on the lake. To say lake would be slightly misleading because we went down waterways off to the east and the west as well as the main body of water which is Inle lake. The water is used by everyone for different purposes, some for transportation of people, of goods, for fishing, for gardens, for living; it is a resource and of course a tourism attraction.
The day began with pouring rain and we thought we were in for a wet and not pleasant experience but as we walked to the boat the rain stopped and the day was dry bar one downpour. It is the wet season so we considered ourselves lucky.
The traditional rowing is done with a foot hooked around the pole.
This is the Hintha which is the symbol of Myanmar.This particular image is magnificent, you come upon it as the boat approaches a village entirely on stilts in the lake. All transport to and from the houses is by boat. Small flat canoe-like punts almost at water level.
Back on land, the five day market is a bustling affair, full of characters.
And winding their way in and around the stalls are the young nuns collecting alms
This is the first time I've had enough bandwidth to upload any pictures. There are many more to come but it'll be easier when I'm back in Thailand. I hope you enjoy these images.