We weren’t sure what to expect from our visit to Inle Lake. We spent the day cruising around the massive lake with our friendly driver, our late start didn’t stop us visiting any more famous stops but the sun was pretty damn strong (probably why people advise to start earlier in the morning). The trip itself is pretty touristy, they take you to a lot of shops and different factories. We knew this before we got on board and instead of letting the shop stops stress us out we just enjoyed them, probably spending over the odds for the things we bought but still not feeling ripped off.
The lake is fascinating, with so many people living on the lake it is a great place to people watch. From the fishermen with their impressive balancing skills to the kids jumping in for a swim from their houses. I could happily spend many days whizzing around this lake. One of areas I enjoyed the most was obviously related to food, the floating farms are where many of the locals grow a vast range of produce. Many of the houses rose quite high out of the lake, I am guessing that we were there during a slightly dryer time and once the rains come their houses will be touching the water. The temples were pretty, although the jumping cat monastery was more of a lazy cat sanctuary these days. This week’s film is a short clip of the boat passing through one of the small villages.