Yesterday we spent so much time in the van. We didn’t get to Pindaya until past dinnertime, but none of us were hungry, so we just checked into our hotel and called it a night.
After breakfast in our hotel, we set off for Pindaya’s most famous attraction: the Pindaya Caves. These caves have maybe a million Buddha statues. They are actually in every nook and cranny of the caves. It’s a bit overwhelming.
On the up side, not nearly as wet or claustrophobic feeling as the caves we went to in Maymyo. On the down side, I always happen to wear ထဘီ on the days we go to caves -__-
After Pindaya, we drove off for Inle! Other than Bagan, Inle is what I’m looking forward to most. Inle’s a pretty big lake in the middle of Burma, and there’s a bunch of stuff that happens on the lake itself. People live in houses on the lake (free standing wooden houses!!! not attached to land or anything!), people have floating markets on the lake, people do leg-rowing on the lake… etc. Lots of culture at the lake.
A pretty cool part about Inle is that you must take a boat to get places. The boats are wooden and powered by engines. Somehow it works.
After lunch, we set off in our boat again. We stopped at a couple of touristy looking huts that sold jewelry and gold, a hut where we met some women of the Kayan tribe (they wear the brass neck rings), a hut where we saw silver being forged into jewelry, and of course, a pagoda.
One more stop before we head back to solid land: a lotus weaving hut!
After the lotus weaving hut, we started our hour-long journey back to land. It was cold in the boat, but! the sun started setting as we set off, so not only did we catch an amazing sunset over the water, we got see the lake during my favorite part of the day: dusk! You could actually see the sun on one side of the sky and the moon on the other. It was beautiful.
This trip has made me such a sucker for sunrises and sunsets. When I get home, I’m gonna chase down every sunset I possibly can.