After spending three days walking to arrive at Inle Lake, we spent a day and a half doing the perfect thing to reward ourselves: sitting on a boat.
When we first arrived, we hiked around a bit at Inthein, where small pagodas on top of peaks gave us a bird’s eye view of a concentrated area of pagodas seemingly out of nowhere. It was not as dramatic as we had anticipated it being, and when we were underwhelmed, we realized how spoiled we’ve become by our travels…
After getting a good look at Inthein, we rode an hour and half up Inle Lake to Nuang Shwe, the small town we were staying in. The calm water, slow-moving boats, and mountainous background made Inle Lake one of the most peaceful places I had ever been. We woke up early the next morning excited to see the lake at dawn, when the fog was so thick, that it was difficult to where the horizon divided the sky and water.
Aside from the early morning mist, we were very excited to visit where cats are trained to jump through hoops. We told our boat driver to take us to all the most beautiful and special places at Inle Lake, but that seeing these cats was our absolute top priority.
The tour was beautiful. Entire neighborhoods of stilted houses where people’s only option is to travel by boat.
The Inle Lake Post Office
Floating vegetable gardens – who knew that tomato plants could float?!
We stopped at a cigar factory as well as a textile workshop, both of which were very interesting.
Making Lotus thread… that spool is the result of one month of work!
And no jaunt in Myanmar is complete without paying a visit to a very old, very beautiful pagoda.
As expected, though, the jumping cats were the highlight. The monastery was very cool and full of cats and kittens. There wasn’t a monk there putting on a jumping cat show (there are a few different stories for why not), so we made hoops with our arms and those cats did indeed jump!
Since coming back to Indonesia, I’ve been trying to train Monty to jump. We’re making baby steps.