The Township of Nyaungshwe sits on Inle Lake, one of the most magical places in Myanmar.
After Al finally dragged me out of their main food market, he insisted we head down to the lake to see if we could book a boat tour for the next day.
On our stroll down the main drag we passed a temple ruin.
There wasn’t much traffic in the town, just a few motorcycles, noisy diesel tractors and some horse-drawn carts.
Many vehicles, including the tractors, were decorated with small bouquets of fresh flowers. This bicycle with side-cart had a rather nice one.
Sometimes there was a board walk leading through the village homes.
The boats where they unloaded fresh produce landed nearest to the town.
Those bags they were unloading were full of fresh green tomatoes.
Our hotel had told us that there were a variety of boat trips down the lake ranging from about $15 a boat up to $35 a boat. When we arrived at the wharf there were a ton of boats that were going down the lake and we were approached by several tour guides.
And even more boats, all along the water’s edge.
We ended up choosing the most expensive trip at $35. Mr. Win was pretty convincing that his tour would be the one to remember, especially the market that only happened once a week at a village at the far end of the lake.
Tiny map of the lake from the back of our Entry Toll Ticket to the region around Inle Lake.
More on our 2013 trip to Myanmar.