Inle Lake is the second largest lake located on the east side of Myanmar. I was told that this freshwater lake was beautiful and to fully enjoy it, I had to see it before sunrise. I met up with Yu Chu and together at 05:00, we met up with our guide Pooh. Needless to say, at the crack of dawn in early January, it was cold… very cold.
Minus the fridged temperatures, the scenery was absolutely stunning. Pinks and purples created by the rising sun was surreal. And as the sun gave way to the lake, it was cool to see all the activity.
Even though my stomach began feeling the effects of “Burmese belly,” I had to visit a vineyard in Myanmar because it just seems like a contradiction. Set on the side of Inle Lake, I biked (or tried with my one-speed bike) up to Red Mountain Estate and Winery. I got their wine sampler and enjoyed the scenery. Ok, so it was 09:00 in the morning, but I pretty much had the vineyard to myself. So I can’t complain.
My third day at Inle Lake involved me biking around Nyaung Shwe town. I ended up at Ywa Thit Monastery. One of the younger monks saw me and allowed me to go inside. I met with U Kon Da La, the eldest monk. He showed me around and we chatted about the monastery. He also talk a lot about cars, especially Jaguars and Mercedes. Go figure?!
As I bid farewell to Inle, I would like to thank the Song of Travel Hostel for letting me extend every night so I can have a little hole to crawl into as I recovered from “Burmese belly.” And even though my diet at Inle was mainly Pocari Sweat and Imodium, the food I did manage to sample was pretty good. Shan noodles are wonderful!