Today is our last day in Mynmar. We have spent the last four days in Inle lake with a more relaxed program than usual. First of all we have enjoyed our hotel (Inle Lake View Resort) and our beautiful bungalow. Lots of garden space for the kids to run around, nice pool to relax, fantastic view on the lake and very good food.
Still, we made a trip to Nyaung Shwe with a tuc tuc, visited the local market, got us a nice haircut and came back to the hotel by boat which is the usual transport option around here.
Yesterday, we rented a boat the whole day (with a captain) and were driven around the lake. We drove an hour to the south to Naung-taw – my first impression was: Venice in Mynamar. A village basically built on the lake. There we visited several handicraft shops (lotus & silk production, silverware, cheroot) which were really interesting for all of us. After a lunch on the lake we glided through the floating gardens where all kinds of vegetables als cultivated on large land surfaces that are actually floating on the lake – impressing and beautiful at the same time.
And last but not least: tonight we decided that we would cook our last burmese meal ourselves and so we booked a cooking class . We were a bit skeptical in the beginning but it was fun and the output was delicious at the same time. Everybody from Rino to Alex was heavily involved as we cooked our seven dishes with our local ‘masterchefs’ from around the corner. An experience that we can only highly recommend.
So that was Myanmar. We will remember this challenged country with so many incredibly beautiful places and its friendly, smiling people. We and the kids loved it and I guess we will be back one day.