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When I’m on my travels, and reach a destination, in this case Mandalay, I like to wander so I set out with no real itinerary. I usually have a street map (of sorts) and a hint of a place I’d like to visit, in this case Zay Cho market. But the real purpose is to explore.
Mandalay is one of those exotic locations that inhabit the imagination. In my case, I might even claim that the word itself was enough to inspire vivid daydreams of the far-flung corners of what was once the British Empire.
The village of In Sein is at the head of a long canal and on either side you get your first close up view of the the floating gardens. The floating gardens on Inle Lake cover a huge area.
There are many boats that leave the jetty in Nyaungshwe early in the morning and phut phut down the long canal that leads to the lake. The morning mist envelopes each one and they are soon lost to sight.
My goal on this trip to Myanmar was to visit the ancient kingdom of Mrauk U. I was well and truly satisfied with everything I had seen and was now free to continue my trip down memory lane. I took the boat back to Sittwee,
I’ve visited quite a few schools in Asia and they consistently take my breath away. I am always astounded at conditions in rural Asia and that anyone learns to read and write at all. But they do.
The trip on the Lemro River was interesting but it did feel good to get out and stretch my legs. The path to the village where the ladies with the tattoos lived was flooded with bright mid-day light and soon I was wishing I was back on my plastic chair in the boat.
There is nothing quite like being on a boat especially a small boat chugging up some backwater in Asia. So off I went with three other adventurers (fellow travellers I met in Mrauk U) to visit the tattooed ladies of some Chin villages in northwestern Myanmar.
I’m on the dock in Sittwee with my two companions bright and early only to discover we have two hours to wait. The locals are also waiting – swaddled in winter coats and hats. Even though I was already sweating, it was the cool season for them.