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Myanmar
Dance on the lake
Dance on the lake (58)
Trip Date:2006-03-10 - 2006-03-31
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Countries visited:Myanmar
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DAY 1 – YANGON-INLE LAKE

We landed at Yangon at 11:00 AM. We change some money then hesitate between staying 1-2 days in Yangon or keep travelling to reach Nyangshwe near the Inle lake.

Considering the information we collect at the airport and the fact we are a bit tired after such a long flight, we come to the conclusion we’d better continue travelling instead of wasting the afternoon sleeping in Yangon. So, we take a flight for Heho airport at 3:00 PM. We take a taxi and after a one hour drive, we arrive in Nyangshwe village around 5:30 PM.

DAY 2 – INLE LAKE

We make a first lake tour (the basic tour offered by boat drivers) and discover In-Dein village and its market, the Jumping cat monastery.

DAY 3 – INLE LAKE-KAKKU

We went to Kakku to enjoy the Full Moon festival, a national day for the Pa-O tribe, also an important event for all Burmese for who astrology is so special.

We took part of the audience for different events in the Kakky site known for its stupa forest : a Pa-O traditional song contest and a Chinlon match.

On the way back to Nyaung Shwe, we visited a new golden pagoda in the middle of the countryside and a nearby Pa-O village.

DAY 4 – INLE LAKE

New tour on the lake. We navigated along the small canals which leads to the Inthas villages and there suspended bamboo-houses.

All around us, fishermen cropping, water buffalos led by kids, women washing the clothes or the dishes at the feet of the houses, Inthas people building new houses, working in the floating gardens, growing tomatoes, garlic and other vegetables for themselves but also flowers to be offered to Buddha.

DAY 6 – INLE LAKE

Early rising to capture different shots of Inthas fishermen at sunrise. 490 pictures in less than one hour…My left eyelid is stuck to my camera J A magic moment which started with sunrise on one side of the mountains and moonset on the opposite side.

Then, we’ll have a walk in Nyaung Shwe, the main village. In the afternoon, we hire two bikes to ride outside the village and enjoy the scenic ricefields around, the kids leading the water buffalos for their bathes and discover the houses of few farmers living 6-7km from the village.

DAY 7 – KYAING TUNG

DAY 8 – KYAING TUNG

Trekking to Pintauk waterfalls.

Bangle village where we meet the Eng tribe.
Nonsheng village where we meet the Akha tribe.

DAY 9 – KYAING TUNG

DAY 10 – MANDALAY

DAY 11 – MANDALAY-AMARAPURA

Visit of Mandalay,

Visit of the U-Bein bridge at sunset.

DAY 12 – BAGAN

We spend the whole day on the slow boat to reach Bagan. We navigate along the Irrawaddy river on a charmful double-deck boat built in Japan in 1953. The Captain taught us in a big laugh he was born the same year.

It will take us 13 hours to cover the 160km between Mandalay and Bagan. It’s a nice opportunity to spend time among Burmese people, adopt their relax attitude, lazyness, excitement at each stop when sellers from the banks envade the two decks to convince us to buy those incredible tasty bananas or meat preparations we do not need.

DAY 13 – BAGAN

DAY 14 – BAGAN-MOUNT POPA



DAY 15 – BAGAN

DAY 16 – NGAPALI

Beach and visit of the fishermen village, south of the place.

DAY 17 – NGAPALI

Beach.

DAY 18 – NGAPALI

Visit of the fishermen village when they came back from fishing then beach.

DAY 19 – NGAPALI

Visit of the fishermen village when they came back from fishing then beach.

DAY 20 – YANGON

Morning flight between Thandwe (airport close to Ngapali) and Yangon.

Visit of the Shwedagon pagoda at sunset.

DAY 21 – YANGON

Walk around the Sule pagoda then along the harbour in the morning. Then we spend few hours in the local market.

Visit of the Shwedagon pagoda at sunset.

DAY 22 – YANGON-KUALA LUMPUR-PARIS

We have a 7 hours connection in Kuala Lumpur which allow us to spend some time downtown and discover the KLCC twin towers, the China town and a market.
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