27.11.2013 - 27.12.2013 29 °C
The morning starts early as so many have, as we arrive at the airport for our flight to Inle Lake. Before the plane get to full flight we are already coming back down and the flight takes a whole 45 minutes.
Upon arrival at our beautiful hotel we have a coffee and drink as we wait for check in. Our guide suggests that while we wait we go to the nunnery where he teaches them English in his spare time. We take a walk through this lake town and are greeted by nuns in pink robes it's really quite a sight with their shave heads and gowns. The nuns are very hospitable and we talk to the head nun who tells us about the place and the work they do. She goes to the back of the cupboard and get the nice biscuits for us and some oranges and green tea. We leave the nunnery and leave a donation as they have been so hospitable to us.
We now are heading to the motor boats to take a ride on the lake - it's is vast and magnificent and you can see the nature preservation and along the banks and the fisherman rowing in their traditional one leg style. They all have fantastic balance and I still don't have my sea legs yet an still stumbling on and off the boat.
We have stopped at the normal touristy stops including a silversmiths, weaving factory, metal work factory, paper and umbrella which was only interesting because they had the women with the elongated necks because they place one ring per year for 25 years around they necks. The guide explains to us that where they life there are tigers and the males were able to fight off he tigers bet the women old not. Since they had no way to defend themselves and tigers attack for the neck they covered their neck with brass rings. The women who is weaving is kind and funny an jokes with us and shows us how she takes it off at the bottom to sleep. We then boat to the cigar making factory - this is the most interesting factory to date. The rate at which these women roll cigars is incredible to say the least. They make 100 cigars per hour and we time one lady at 24 second per cigar. It is truly amazing how much hard work they do.
After this we take the 1.5 hour boat journey back to the hotel for dinner where we feast on Curry and Myanmar wine which tastes great and is locally grown in one of two wineries that supply to the whole of Myanmar and export to China.
Retire to bed after a nice evening on the balcony looking over the water.