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Other Inle Lake and Nyaung Shwe things to do

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Aside from the gardens, markets and handicraft villages, several other minor things to do can be added on to typical Inle Lake itineraries.

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The famous Jumping Cat Monastery, Nga Hpe Kyaung, has seen its former cat-loving abbot pass away. This means the the cats are apparently no longer jumping so much -- and even in its heyday bribing cats with fish to jump through hoops was one of the sillier attractions we’d seen in Southeast Asia (though Kanchanaburi’s floating nun also springs to mind. These days the temple is more notable for a collection of ancient Buddha images.

Inle Lake offers great treats for birdwatchers, such as this intermediate or plumed egret. Photo taken in or around Other Inle Lake and Nyaung Shwe things to do, Inle Lake, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

Inle Lake offers great treats for birdwatchers, such as this intermediate or plumed egret. Photo: Mark Ord

Meanwhile Phaung Daw Oo, south of Ywama in the village of Tha Ley (sometimes written Thale), is Inle’s most prestigious pagoda. It's worth a stop as much for the general scene as the architecture. In a glass case in the central shrine are five small, ancient and highly venerated Buddha images that have been so overlaid with gold leaf that the original shape of the wooden Buddhas is no more recognisable and they’ve become simple gold lumps. Once a year between late September and early October, the statues are taken on a pilgrimage around the various monasteries in a gold-painted, swan-shaped barge. (The barge is kept in a shed just next to the monastery.) Hundreds of devotees, and these days tourists, follow its progress around the lake from village to village.

Something slightly different and worth a stop if you’re passing by is Inle Heritage, a superbly restored old teak stilt mansion just outside Inn Phaw Khone village. Short but informative guided tours are offered hourly from ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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