a boat ride to inthein: inle lake scenes and intha fishermen

Tuesday, February 24:  At 1:00, after a busy morning in Nyaungshwe, I hire another long-tail boat to take me to Inthein.  To get there, we head south from Nyaungshwe, through the middle of Inle Lake, then into a narrow foliage-choked canal on the southwest corner of the lake.

me back in the long-tail boat

me back in the long-tail boat

In the wide part of the lake, my boat driver, who is kind and noble, takes me up close to some of the famous Intha fishermen who are famous for their technique of leg-rowing — in which one leg is wrapped around the paddle to move the blade through the water in a figure-8 motion.  Getting close to the fishermen makes for some interesting iconic photos.

Intha fisherman on Inle Lake

Intha fisherman on Inle Lake

locals on Inle Lake

locals on Inle Lake

Intha fisherman

Intha fisherman

Intha fisherman

Intha fisherman

Intha fisherman

Intha fisherman

Intha fisherman

Intha fisherman

Intha fisherman

Intha fisherman

Intha fisherman

Intha fisherman

Intha fisherman

Intha fisherman

fisherman on Inle Lake

fisherman on Inle Lake

flock of birds

flock of birds

along the route

along the route

villages on the way to Inthein

villages on the way to Inthein

villages along the route

villages along the route

more floating gardens

more floating gardens

As we enter the canal, we are surrounded once again by the floating gardens and the stilt-house villages.

villages near Inthein

villages near Inthein

We even pass a congregation of golden stupas along the way.

shoreline stupas

shoreline stupas

houses along the route

houses along the route

villages on the way to Inthein

villages on the way to Inthein

local homes

local homes

local houses

local houses

lakeshore homes

lakeshore homes

Welcome

“Warmly Welcome”

We pass under numerous little footbridges along the way.

bridges along the canal

bridges along the canal

Much of the time, we are in the wild, with jungle-like tropical foliage on each side of the winding canal.  Lonely Planet Myanmar describes the trip as having an Apocolypse Now ambience; I’ve even heard the trip compared to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. This might be the case on a cloudy day, but today, it’s sunny and warm and utterly delightful.

going under a bridge

going under a bridge

Myanmar Beer

Myanmar Beer

At about 2:30, after an hour and half in the boat, we arrive at a number of ruined stupas, where I get out of the boat to explore and come back with a bag full of souvenirs! 🙂

 

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Categories: Asia, Inle Lake, Intha people, Inthein, Myanmar, Shan State, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

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9 thoughts on “a boat ride to inthein: inle lake scenes and intha fishermen

  1. Those fishermen are remarkable, I’d get all my arms and legs in a tangle and fall right in!

  2. I could watch those guys all day, Cathy. 🙂

  3. Lovely day out Cathy. What gives the water that colour? Is it high clay or iron content, or just dirty mud. 😀

    • I’m sorry I can’t tell you why the lake has that clay color, but I imagine it might have something to do with all the houses on stilts and their waste disposal (??) or just the many floating gardens. Or as you say, it might just be dirty mud. Thanks for coming along to visit. 🙂

  4. Lovely, dreamlike, timeless photos of lives lived more simply outside of the West. But having lived for a year in Contrad’s Heart of Darkness (literally, I lived in the DRCongo for a year), these riverside idylls are nothing like that. Not even remotely. The kind of tranquility and serenity and respect for the land and its creatures you find in life along the rivers in Asia does not exist in the Congo, I can assure anyone. Night and day.

    I bet when you wrote up these posts, you were wishing you were still there. You are only at your happiest my friend when you are exploring what for you is terra incognita….!

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