Tuesday, February 24: We push off from Inthein near 4:00 and begin our hour-plus-long ride back through the canals and villages and eventually across Inle Lake back to Nyaungshwe.
The ride back through the canals is at full-throttle, past interesting foliage, huts, and ladies bathing in the water. We zoom under a huge variety of footbridges.
We find our first signs of civilization back in the villages, which reveal glimpses into the locals’ daily lives.
I love watching the small families paddling through the canal-streets of the villages in the waning sunlight.
Leaving the villages, we’re back in the midst of the floating gardens, quite pretty as the sun sinks on the horizon.
Traffic on the canals seems to be picking up. It must be rush hour; time to get home for dinner after a hard day’s work on the lake.
Finally we’re back in the middle of the lake, where we can see the fishermen taking advantage of the last hours of daylight.
We also pass a number of long-tailed boats filled with tourists. I wonder where they’re going. Maybe to one of the fancier hotels on the lake.
Back in Nyaungshwe, I go to dinner at Everest Nepali Restaurant. It’s very quiet tonight. I can tell the tourist season in Myanmar is winding down.
I have a delicious meal of Paneer Curry, rice, and chapati, with chick peas and pumpkin accompaniments. Of course, I enjoy a Myanmar beer too. 🙂 All of this for 5,500 kyat, or $5.50.
As I walk back to my hotel, I pass the pagoda I visited a couple of days ago.
I also find Lavender Spa & Beauty Center where I drop in for a one-hour Aromatic Therapy full body massage for 15,000 kyat (or around $15). I’ve had a bad cough since the day I rode the motorbike in Bagan; the cough was brought on by breathing in the dust kicked up by the bike. I still have the cough and a sore throat at this point, so the massage feels wonderfully therapeutic. I’m nearing the end of my 6-week trip through China and Myanmar, and I think I’m beginning to be worn down by it all. No matter how I feel, though, I’m still managing to enjoy it all! 🙂
Tomorrow, I’ll be flying to Yangon, but first I’ll visit Pindaya, a most unusual cave. 🙂