After a very late lunch and a visit to the weaving ‘factory’ we only had one major stop left on the lake, and that was to a village that specialized in tobacco products.
Here they fabricated a variety of the cheroots (very popular with the village women) with tobacco marinated in honey or rice wine, and flavoured with tamarind, pineapple, chicory, alcohol or star anise.
From there we cruised past many floating farms, one where a man was gathering seaweed.
There were stupendous stupas and temples that almost didn’t look real on our route.
We met some very eager cookie vendors…
Our last meander through a village to check out the floating market and a jewellery shop.
But it was late. The market was closed and the jeweller had left only the tools of his trade behind. People who had taken the cheaper tours hadn’t gone very far down the lake, and this area had been set up for them.
As the sun set, everyone was heading home .
The end of a long day…
I have tried to show how magical this trip was on my art blog, Elizabatz Gallery: A Magical Tour of Inle Lake.