Today I’m featuring a great photo from the Inle Lake taken by Renate Sandvik from Renates Reiser Blog.
And an unusual story about this Norwegian lady almost freezing in Myanmar on her way to this magical place to photograph local fishermen of Inle Lake.
I guess most of the photographers are ready to do even more for a great shot! Ha ha ha, But as you can see, it was all worth it! Do follow Renate on Facebook!
Picture Story: Inle Lake and almost freezing in Myanmar
Despite Myanmar being quite a warm, humid country, I almost froze to death getting to Inle Lake and meeting the fishermen there.
I had gotten on the 16-hour long night bus from Kyaukme the day before, as the only tourist, and arrived at a village nearby instead of Inle Lake like the people who sold me the ticket had informed me.
The air con had been on max all night long, and I barely had any warm clothes with me.
After freezing all night, I got off and had to arrange transport to Inle where I was gonna stay. At 5 AM it felt like it was frozen outside.
A kind local offered to drive me closer to Inle, and I happily accepted. Then I noticed that my two backpacks and I had to join this man on a small scooter for about 20 minutes down the road, with freezing air hitting us the whole way.
He dropped me off at an intersection, where I would have to get new transport. The only one available at that hour was an open back tuk-tuk at a crazy price. All I could do was accept.
Then began yet another 20-minute long drive, and the sun still wasn’t up. I tried to huddle behind the man and dug up any warm clothes I could find from my bag (barely any) and tried to survive the last minutes before I arrived at my destination.
When I finally arrived at my guesthouse by the river in Inle I felt extremely happy.
That is until I tried to warm up by taking a hot shower and the warm water didn’t work… Turns out the sun heated the water, and yes, you guessed it, the sun wasn’t up yet.
After about an hour the sun rose, at last, and I made sure to sit where it’s rays could reach me.
Soon after I was finally out on Inle Lake in a boat with three other tourists I met at the guesthouse, feeling the warm breeze in my hair and approaching the fisherman in this picture.
It felt magical finally being there, seeing the unique way of life these locals have lived for so many years, and that frozen night suddenly felt lightyears away.
Inle Lake is a freshwater lake located in the Nyaungshwe Township of Taunggyi District of Shan State, part of Shan Hills in Myanmar.
The people of Inle Lake (called Intha), some 70,000 of them, live in four cities bordering the lake, in numerous small villages along the lake’s shores, and on the lake itself.
The entire lake area is in Nyaung Shwe township. The population consists predominantly of Intha, with a mix of other Shan, Taungyo, Pa-O (Taungthu), Danu, Kayah, Danaw and Bamar ethnicities.
Most are devout Buddhists, and live in simple houses of wood and woven bamboo on stilts; they are largely self-sufficient farmers.
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