February 25, 2014
Holy s__t! What is that noise? It's 4:00 am and there's this really loud music playing. Sounds like it's right outside our bungalow but of course I find out later it's coming from a private house down by the jetty. This house has a big loud speaker attached to the outside by the roof. Breakfast starts at 6:30 am so we are there along with a few other hardy souls. It is cold and I have my fleece on. A young woman comes to take our order. I decide to do juice, tea, fruit, and a crepe/pancake. Very good. OMG! She's bringing me 2 fried eggs and toast. We meet up with the other couple-Maggie and her husband (oops-I forgot to write his name down). Very nice from Germany. They speak better English than we speak German. Sometimes it's nice to have company on a day trip. At 7:00 am our boat guy meets us at the hotel and we walk the short distance to the jetty area where there are several boats. The boat is nice with life jackets, chairs with cushions, and blankets. One guy is in charge of the motor and steering the boat and the other I guess is in charge of us. Lots of activity going in both directions on the lake. Some boats are transporting tourists like us, others are transporting locals, and other boats are just transporting goods. I have my fleece on over a long sleeve wicking material shirt which is over a short sleeve shirt so that should give you some idea of how chilly it was early in the morning. By about 10:00 am I am only in my ss shirt! So the advice about layering is right on. After a while we stop at a fairly large building for a toilet break before heading further south. We have some tea. We see some Intha fishermen going about their business and not interested in us. They have developed a special metod of rowing. It's done with one leg while they balance their body with the other leg, while standing on the edge of the boat. I wonder if I could learn to do that?? With the rowing leg it's like a figure eight like motion in the water. Captivating! We also see people tending to the gardens. The design is floating. Narrow strips of buoyant natural material are superimposed with soil and anchored to the lake bed with bamboo sticks. And on top of this is where they plant the gardens. It's spread apart enough to allow for harvesting .
|This is the jetty area where we walked to get our boat to go to Sankar|
|Tourists heading in the other direction|
|It's getting warmer|
|Intha fishermen have a special method of rowing.|
|Goods on board|
|Tending to the floating gardens. Lots of bamboo sticks here.|
|Italian restaurant-Golden Kite|
SANKAR Seat of Shan Saw Bwa-heredity prince. Ancient capital. Located at the southern end of the lake-the eastern shore of the second lake. 3 hrs. journey there. A small village with interesting monasteries and pagodas. I had read that there was an entrance fee plus a fee for a PaO guide but we don't pay and we don't have a guide. I have no idea why.
First stop MAWBE MARKET. Lots of Shan people here and we're told they come down from the hills to this market. Lots of produce and a ton of souvenir/crafts for sale. I buy the typical Shan purse in colors of red and back for 5000k. We were running out of toothpaste and I find a box of Colgate for 800k. Very busy.
|Lots of boats here already|
|Lots of cattle around. They are used to pull the carts to market from the hills.|
|Selling crafts and other souvenirs|
|Putting in a new floor|
|This is the road Maggie and Stan walked down where they had their drinks/shake.|
|One of the oldest structures|
|The town well|
We stop at a place for lunch where there are lots of tourists. Maggie elects to stay in the boat as she's not hungry. BWE BAI RESTAURANT (forgot to take a picture) I have fried rice with chicken, beers for my husband and Stan and coke for me. 7500k for lunch. Then in the same area we decide to make a quick visit to TAUKHAUNG PAGODA. Lots of tinkling bells. An impressive place.
More interesting scenery on the lake. Another shop stop. This one is MYAT PWINT CHEL silk and lotus weaving-where we see how lotus is made into very expensive scarves, etc. I really want to buy the smaller scarf but at $180 my husband gives me the "look". They have silk items but for me it's the lotus or nothing. I leave empty handed.
|Chicken club sandwich and fries|