28.11.2013 - 28.12.2013
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Back on the boats again this morning to take a trip to the 5 day markets as we arrive there are so many people pulling up their canoes trying to sell stuff to you it's quite harassing for the boat driver to move between them but ends up just hitting them with the bow out of the way. The 5 day markets used to be floating but now due to the tourists are on land and are filled with stalls that sell crap as opposed to the thriving fruit, vegetable and spice markets they used to be. We finally arrive at the fresh food markets and see many Pa-oh ladies buying groceries. Everyone is friendly and let's us try things along the way to see what the many spices taste like.
Leaving the markets we head to the Indien Archeological site which has the old huts and dam that the village constructed it's quite good to see this untouched area to see how villages used to live.
We go to the floating village and gardens on Inle Lake to see the Intha people also knows as the sons of the lake. The village is built in the middle of the lake and they get from place to place by wooden canoe. The village is amazing and the way people live having pigs and chickens where there is no dry land. All the homes are on stilts and allow for the lake to rise and drop with the seasons.
A canoe trip through the Nampan village shows you the floating gardens which the main crop is tomatoes - these gardens supply 60% of all the tomatoes in Myanmar and it's amazing that these gardens move around by floating the lake. The men rowing the canoes use the traditional Leg rowing technique where they balance on one leg and move the oar with the other while standing on the tip of the canoe.
The hour and a half journey back to the hotel has wiped me out and a nice coffee on the balcony suits me before bed.