The scene at the market was just awesome. I was there on the biggest day of the week so I got to witness plenty of action. Buying and selling big bags of potatoes and onions is what is going on here in this photo. Hopefully you will arrive early! The early experience is so worth it! Hopefully you will be the only foreigners here also! My son and I...more
I hired a boat for the day in Nyaungshwe I paid 7000 Kyat for and 11 hour day on the water. Which is around US$8.00 That included a side trip to Indein also. That price is for the whole boat so if you meet up with people that have the same interests you could share the boat. A boat can carry 5-7 passengers.more
There are a couple of rows of vendors selling all kinds of stuff that tourists like. Hand carved buddhas, Nats, and other religous icons, Hand woven Shan bags, Hand woven Longyis, Fake antiques, Maybe some real ones too but I doubt it. I'm sure that alot of stuff is produced then buried in the ground to make it look old then they dig it up after a couple of weeks and they have instant antiques. I bought some wooden buddhas that that a starting price of $10 each and got 4 for $10. I wasn't intending to buy anything there as I still had some time left to my trip and didn't want to carry anything. But when the vendors would ask "what I would pay and they would't get mad at me for saying a low price" I ended up with a bag of stuff. I even bought my son a hand carved small guitar type thing for $3.
What to buy: There are also jewelry items some cool items I'm just not into alot of souvenirs. I like to take photos as my souvenir.
You will see all parts of the animals being utilized so there isn't any waste. I'm not sure if the eyes are eaten. I was waiting around to see how the guy dismantled the head but he was talking to much and didn't really get much done. Or maybe he noticed me watching him and didn't want to continue?more
The afternoon sun can fry you on the water! I got fried! Even alot of the locals use and umbrella. The boat that I hired had umbrellas to use but I didn't open it until it was to late. Sunblock could be quite useful too. Most boat rides take 10-11 hours on the lake so you know how the sun can reflect off the water.more
This lady has plenty of eggs and choices too! I am always interested in the color of the eggs...Sounds weird but I rarely saw a White egg growing up in Maine. But when I moved to Alaska I couldn't see a Brown egg. Sorry, just one of my weird things that I look for.more