Piode! That means “I’m happy!” So are the birds and wild ducks in Lake Inle’s Bird Sanctuary. They fly and chase some passing boats and they happily stand still on fences along the banks. Water’s clean, there are flower and vegetable gardens floating atop dried weeds and fishermen with those unique nets must be their only competition for a good meal.Β 

 

 

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Look at those happy birds!

 

 

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Happy Birds? Or wild ducks taking a nap?

 

 

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Water is so still and calm. Reflection of an Inle Fisherman.

 

 

The placid waters make for a very nerve-soothing ride. No wonder these birds are kept happy. Not even the noise from the boat engines could take anything away from them. Hopefully, this bird sanctuary remains a haven for these birds.

 

 

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The agile fishermen of Inle — such a balancing act!

 

 

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See them birds guarding our hotel in Lake Inle.

 

 

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I stayed by the porch but none of them happy birds were eager for a “meet & greet”. There’s Tita Rose doing a “happy dance” πŸ˜„

 

 

Such simple lifestyles. But for how long? We passed many huts on stilts with signboards advertising their trade. From floating bars to restos to coffee shops to beauty parlors to laundry shops to handicraft stores. Single and three-storey structures welcome tourists out for a few nights stay. Thank God I didn’t hear any blaring sounds from any of the bars.

 

 

A fishing village  in Inle Lake.

A fishing village in Inle Lake.

 

 

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Fishermen getting ready with their unique nets.

 

 

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This traditional way of fishing is still practiced to this day.

 

 

The villagers here have “created” their own community. No islands, but they’ve created their own floating village in waters deep enough for fish to thrive, but shallow enough to build floating gardens. I wonder how they draw the property lines here, especially for the commercial structures.

 

 

 

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A typical day in the village.

 

 

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A happy duck foraging for food in the floating gardens of Lake Inle.

 

 

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The floating restos have no problems keeping off those happy birds — which confirms those birds are well-fed and errrr….. happy!

 

 

The influx of tourists may result in more structures being set up, leading to overcrowding. More luxury hotels may soon sprout along the water highways. More passing boats could mean noise pollution to this now tranquil lake. I dare not imagine.

 

 

 

 

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Myanmar. Not the country. But the beer.

 

 

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This scene is forever etched in my memory!

 

 

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All wrapped up for the ride!

 

 

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See you again in Inle!