Coming to Bagan, Mandalay, Yangon, etc., the travelers experience some special things on the roads as temples, museums, parks, street tea stalls and foods. These are really wonderful memories in their mind. However, discovering more and more about beautiful Myanmar, the tourists can also go to and gaze with a different destination by other means of transport – by boat. It is Inle Lake which is the former Burma’s most-unique region. Travelling or going to somewhere in Inle Lake, the tourists must go by boat, hence, it is essential for them to prepare some things to see and do in Inle Lake.
1. Visiting Hpaung Daw U Pagoda
Hpaung Daw U Pagoda (previous name as Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda) is the most famous and important religious site in Inle Lake which owns five ancient and small Buddha images covered in golf leafs. The five Buddha Images represents the Kakkusandra, Kaunagamana, Kasatpa, Gautama and Arainmareya Buddhas of the world. The travelers should prepare to dress up carefully and bring some long sleeves or a sarong to cover their shoulders and knees when they come to Hpaung Daw U Pagoda. It is a strict rule, but when the tourists visit this pagoda, they can totally have a comprehensive and meaningful view of Burma region.
2. Attending Floating Market
On the northeast end of the lake, the travelers can buy everything as much as they like on the floating market. Especially, they can choose things and also enjoy the view atmosphere in morning market. Many sorts of seeds and nuts, fresh fish from the lake, tropical fruits as durian, mango, pineapple and so on, all things are sold with local prices; therefore, the tourists can make their decision to buy anything they want without hesitation.
3. Enjoying Floating Gardens
Due to Inle Lake’s characteristics, there is no land to grow crops on. Hence, Inle local people create and build their own floating gardens which are approximately a meter deep where seeds, crops can be planted, and they are firmed by bamboos poles. Until present, about a quarter of Inle Lake is covered with floating gardens. Local people here grow many kinds of food as tomatoes, cucumbers and gourds.
4. Visiting Jumping Cat Monastery
Nga Hpe is a monastery built on stilts on Inle Lake. This monastery is famous for its cats which are trained by the monks to jump through small hoops. The travelers can see the cats’ jumping performance in the monastery during their travel on Inle Lake. Talking with the monks about every angle of the life is the meaningful memory for the visitors.
5. Contemplating Indein Village
On the west side of Inle Lake, there is a river that leads to Indein village which owns many pagodas and stupas. The travelers can choose to gaze with ancient pagodas, or vice versa, they can see new ones which have been built by some companies or foreigners’ support. This village is surrounded by the interminable forests which make the scenery more and more calming, safe and sound. It is believed that there is no excuse for being a wonderful destination in Inle Lake.
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6. Touring the Cheroot Factory
Enjoying Inle Lake’s atmosphere and trying a cheroot here make the tourists remember forever this territory. Visiting a cheroot factory is an interesting breakpoint when the tourists travel on Inle Lake by boat. Seeing the cheroot making process, having some teas and also talking with local people, the travelers can widen their knowledge of a variety of cheroots and buy some handmade cigar boxes as a souvenir when they come back to their home.
7. Visiting the Textile Factory
The tourists can buy not only cheroot as their souvenirs, but also textile gifts in Inle Lake. Going to the textile factory, walking around it and seeing the cotton, silk or lotus scarfs making processes, the travelers can be attracted to the procedure from beginning to end. In this factory, the workers use 100 year-old equipment which have been kept and utilized for many generations. The travelers cannot forget how much time this equipment can take to make a beautiful scarf product.
8. Gazing with the Morning Fishermen
Living in peaceful floating market in the morning, the travelers can also meet the image of fisherman around the lake. They perform some shows for the tourists by balancing on one leg with their nets in hand, perched on the end of their boats which make the visitors admire. Taking some photos and recording these moments are necessary for the tourists.
9. Meeting with the Long Neck Women
Wandering in Inle Lake, the travelers can see many women with coils on their necks. A 5 year-old baby girl begins to wear coils and the number of coils will increase as the girls’ age increase. That is their custom and habit, local people here consider that when the women carry on these coils, they are more beautiful and even more, this thing help them protect the women from tiger attacks. This truth is so strange to the tourists but it is believed that they can remember this beautiful image when they leave here.
10. Enjoying the Golden Kite Restaurant
Some of delicious food destination draws attraction of the visitors in Inle Lake is Golden Kite restaurant with its attractive pasta, gnocchi, pineapple chocolate pancake and many other wonderful things. The travelers can have meals and also use free Wi-Fi for updating their activities here on social channels.
Wherever you go, whatever you use to travel, as long as you love and enjoy, that is your beautiful life. Being in Inle Lake, coming to everywhere by boat, and also experiencing everything here, the travelers can save in their mind an enjoyable memory.
Source: Myanmar tour packages