25th we arrived at the Inle lake, an incredible place where all the life is on the water, as in ancient times, centuries ago.
Lake Inle is one of the main turis destinations in Burma. The lake is long 22 kilometres and wide about 11 kilometres.
The south zone of the lake is not accessible to tourists because of the presence of warriors Shan, that combat against Burma's government, and the
security isn't guaranteed.
In this period the water is rather low, so lot of structures that are normally in the water, were on the land.
Before we've reached lake Inle, we stopped at a monastery for little Buddhist monks. The little monks are great soccer ardent follower and it was a great pleasure for me to find out they support the same team as me: Milan.
When we reached the lake, we've changed our usually car with a motor boat, long and narrow one, very fast and noisy, too. After about one hour, we arrived in the restaurant for the lunch. In the front we had Phaung Daw Oo Paya, pagoda that had been reconstructed in the place of the older one, that was burn away. The characteristic of this pagoda is that there are no Buddha's statues, as in the other pagodas, but five abstract golden figures. It's forbidden to women to approach the altar.
After the lunch we've continued our tour and we've visted villages, and few factories where the local population produce silks from the lotto flowers (rather expensive, because 4 working days are needed to produce one meter of linen), cigarettes and articles in iron.
In the afternoon, we arrived in the hotel, that obviously was on the water. Before dinner we had a break at the terrace of our bungalow and we venerated the sunset.
The day after, it was 26th, our first destination was a big marketplace, Shwe Inn Thein. During the trip we had a little incident with our boat: the water in some canals was very low, so we was stranded. We stepped out the boat, we pushed it, and we continued the navigation. Near the marketplace is an old group of pagodas, that we took a look from a near hill.
That day, the lunch was served in an Italian restaurant. First, I ordered pizza, nothing to do: they had no pizza that day. I tried to have
pasta "carbonara": no deal. At the end I took a simply plate of pasta with tomato sauce. The pasta and the sauce were local
products, not imported from Italy, and were really good, especially after days and days that we have eaten only rice.
Before we've returned to the hotel, we made a drive among famous floating gardens. One of the main attraction of the Inle lake are men that row with one lag.