March 24: Inle Lake
After breakfast, we board Air Bagan flight W9 201 for Heho, then a one hour coach ride to the gateway village of Nyaung shwe, stopping along the way at Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery . This teak monastery is home to a collection of older monks and novices who were seen having fun as boys during our visit. I elected to not enter this site, but share the following:
After lunch we board private motorized sampans for the trip to our lakeside hotel. Along the way, we run into traditional leg rowing fishermen and gatherers of water hyacinth used, with mud, to build floating gardens.
Might this house have TV addicted children?
Some of these homes on stilts are occupied only between the rainy seasons. This afternoon, we travel the small water lanes by local boats to see more of the unique culture of this place.