Monday, February 23: After leaving Jumping Cat Monastery, we get back in the boat and head south into the villages on Inle Lake. At this point, it’s 9:50 a.m. We’ve already covered a lot of the lake and floating gardens, the 5-day rotating market, and the Monastery.
I love cruising around on this beautiful lake, with the cool breeze weaving its way over the lake surface from the surrounding mountains, and the charming views of floating gardens, fishermen, gardeners, locals and tourists.
We spend the next two hours floating through the stilt villages among more floating gardens. This southern end is such a quaint part of the lake.
The peaceful village of Nam Pan is built on stilts over the water.
Nam Pan’s main temple is Alodaw Pauk Pagoda, one of the oldest shrines on the lake.
The tidy village of In Paw Khone is famous for its weaving workshops and teak stilt houses.
Of course, we have to stop at a weaving workshop. Unable to resist my craving for textiles, I buy two lotus & silk scarves and a longyi. The longyi has to be made, so while I wait for it, I sit out on the patio and enjoy a cool lime drink.
After the weaving workshop, we start making our way back north.
We pull up to the Eyeful Lake Restaurant at 11:50 a.m., just in time for lunch! 🙂 After lunch, we’ll continue our northerly cruise to Nyaungshwe.