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Burma – Part 3 . . .

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2016 at 5:00 am

The last city in Myanmar ( metric for Burma, or is Burma metric for Myanmar ) we visited is called Heho.  Heho is home to Inle Lake.  We flew from Bagan to Heho.

Flying in Burma is safe, but there is a substantial language gap.  If you can’t speak/read/understand Burmese, there can be issues.  That is why our guides always help with check-in, etc.  However for security reasons, non-passengers cannot accompany you to the gate and assure you get on the correct flight.  Thankfully, they have a system for that – STICKERS.

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At check-in, each passenger gets a color coded sticker with the logo of the airline.

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When you arrive in the waiting area, there really aren’t gates, the first thing you do is find a local person with the same sticker as you.  Then when that local person who can understand/speak/comprehend Burmese gets on the plane, you follow them.

After following the correct sticker and arriving in Heho,  we went for a hike through the forest ( metric for jungle ).

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We saw some cool trees.

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At the end of the hike was an elephant park.

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Where we got to feed the elephants.

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And although we didn’t get to give a monkey a shower, we did give an elephant a bath.

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The following day we toured Inle Lake in canoes with car engines.

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Inle Lake is home to over 70,000 people whose lives depend on this body of water.  Fishing is just one of the many ways the local people make their way.

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There are markets.

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And textile factories.

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And cigar shops.

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Their entire lives can be spent on the water.

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Although our balloon trip over Bagan was cancelled, we did get another opportunity.

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To make things even more interesting, the pilots practice a water landing.

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And landing on land is pretty fun as well.

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The last bit of our Myanmar trip was taking the little Stockdales for a cooking class.

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Without a doubt, our trip to Myanmar was one of our favorites since coming to Asia over six years ago.

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