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Published/Last edited or updated: 13th October, 2016
Any Inle Lake visit will include stops at some of the numerous and still largely traditional lakeside villages and their special floating gardens.
Pagodas, schools and markets tend to be built on land reclaimed by piling up lake-floor mud while attractive wooden walkways and bridges often connect different houses or village sections. These make great places to wander if your boatman can find the right place to drop you off, while taking a stroll away from many of the handicraft workshops can work too.
The gardens and villages are typically visited on a day trip from Nyaung Shwe, which will take in the various handicraft villages as well. Standard day hire for one of the Lake’s motor-powered longtail boats is 18,000-25,000 kyat from dawn to dusk. You can book directly with a boatman at one of the jetties, though you’ll encounter plenty of touts in Nyaung Shwe’s streets. Pilots – most of whom will speak at least minimal English - may offer discounts during quiet periods while if you book with your hotel reception it can include a small commission, but there’s more incentive for reliability.
Weaving in and out of the village streets by boat is delightful. The workshops do give you a chance to take a break, letting you stretch your legs, use the facilities and grab a drink. Part of the charm is discovering local life as you putt putt down a back course, but please respect villagers’ privacy. Photographing locals showering or cleaning their teeth is intrusive and ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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