Myanmar a photograpHy tour
At then end of October 2014, five friends from Malahide Camera Club headed to Myanmar to tour this fascinating country for 11 days. We visited 4 different parts of this fascinating country. In each destination we had excellent guides who were very knowledgable and extremely helpful.
Our second destination required a short domestic flight into the interior of Myanmar to Heho, from where we would travel to Inle Lake our second destination. Before arriving at Inle we stopped for a couple hours at the magnificent teak monastery of Shweyanpyay. In truth we were only supposed to spend a short while here, but there was a festival on and the light in the monastery was beautiful for photographs of the locals and monks based there. Eventually we made our way to the Lake.
Lake Inle is an amazing place. A large lake surrounded by gentle rolling hills, villages built on stilts in the lake, floating gardens of vegetables staked by bamboo poles to anchor them and to stop them floating away, fishermen working away on the lake using traditional methods of fishing and rowing their boats using their legs. Small narrow boats being the method of transport. We stayed in a small hotel of about 6 chalets, which were excellent with plenty of room, and a fantastic restaurant adjacent. Inle Lake was a true highlight for me. From the lake we visited some of the local villages, monasteries, pagodas, and local craft workshops.
Our next destination of Mandalay required another short domestic flight from Heho. In Mandalay we visited a gold leaf workshop, markets, monasteries and pagodas, had lunch served to us by nuns and took a boat trip on the Irrawaddy River. We also traveled in a traditional horse and carriage to the wooden Bagaya Monastery renowned for its extraordinarily elaborate woodcarvings.
There were other great sights too, a visit to a lacquer workshop to see how they make these beautiful items. A market around the Shwezigon Pagoda and the pagoda itself. A cruise at sunset on the Irrawaddy River. A lovely private afternoon high tea on an upper terrace of a secluded temple in the middle of shrub-land, prepared for us by our lovely guide Jo and his team.