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Village life near Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda complex – Inle Lake, Myanmar

The day we visited Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda complex (which will be coming up shortly in a future post) we also visited the Shwe Inn Tain Monastery and a small market.  On our way to the pagoda complex, we walked through some of the villages in the area.

Our group stopped in at a local home, but I, and a number of others didn’t like to go in.  It simply felt to instrusive to wander into someone’s home.  Its not a zoo.

It was during the weekday so most of the children were at school, and you can read about that here and see the photos of the children.

Smaller children were at home, so we met a couple along the way.  Most of the villages seemed fairly empty, as most likely the people were going about their daily business – likely at the market or tending their fields.

Bathtime in the river

Bathtime in the river

Colourful Pa'o head scarf, different to the usual tartan ones we saw

Colourful Pa’o head scarf, different to the usual tartan ones we saw

A market seller's colourful array of scarves

A market seller’s colourful array of scarves

Ruins are everywhere!

Ruins are everywhere!

And this painted block is likely ancient

And this painted block is likely ancient

This building near the school appeared to have a community meeting going on outside

This building near the school appeared to have a community meeting going on outside

Solar panels were a fairly regular item in a lot of homes

Solar panels were a fairly regular item in a lot of homes

A pretty view of a field with the hills in the background

A pretty view of a field with the hills in the background

Returning from the market with produce

Returning from the market with produce

Tending the herd of cows

Tending the herd of cows

Some type of snack drying in the sun

Some type of snack drying in the sun

This little girl was playing with this plastic bag - I missed snapping the photo of her with it over her head (yikes!)

This little girl was playing with this plastic bag – I missed snapping the photo of her with it over her head (yikes!)

Mooove along... nothing to see here

Mooove along… nothing to see here

This little one was whacking the cows on the bum with the stick... they didn't seem to care to move away

This little one was whacking the cows on the bum with the stick… they didn’t seem to care to move away

Pa'o woman selling scarves to the tourists

Pa’o woman selling scarves to the tourists

Pa'o girl selling scarves - a very good reason NOT to buy from children, she should have been in school!

Pa’o girl selling scarves – a very good reason NOT to buy from children, she should have been in school!

Fresh produce returning home from the market

Fresh produce returning home from the market

Bath time for baby in the river

Bath time for baby in the river

The next few photos are just some of the homes we saw in the villages.  Most living areas appeared to be upstairs with storage and animal shelter downstairs.P1220759 P1220760 P1220761 P1220749 P1220750 P1220751 P1220752 P1220753 P1220756

To see more about our visit to Myanmar, click here.  Upcoming posts about Bagan and much more about the Inle Lake and the surrounding area will be coming in the next few weeks so be sure to follow my blog.

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7 thoughts on “Village life near Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda complex – Inle Lake, Myanmar

  1. It’s hard to say from photos, but they all look happy content and healthy. And is there much crime?

    Posted by suchled | April 13, 2015, 9:37 pm
    • I heard the crime rate was relatively low as pretty much no one has anything to be coveted or envious of. Not sure if that is true, but I suspect the gap between have and have not will be growing fast in Myanmar as their economy picks up.

      Posted by The Sock Mistress | April 14, 2015, 5:42 pm
  2. My! The photos are phenomenal! So vivid. It was like taking a walk through the village.

    Posted by Faraday's Candle | April 14, 2015, 7:23 am
  3. Hi, Paula. I love this set of photos! My husband was in Myanmar last year–brought back photos (as usual!), but not of village life. Thanks for putting it all together and giving me/us a little peek into a virtually unknown world (here in the USA).
    Elouise

    Posted by Elouise | April 14, 2015, 7:32 am

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