After a literally painful flight experience from Yangon, two severe food poisoned girls finally reached their second destination of Myanmar: Inle Lake! The moment of happiness when we checked into Viewpoint Lodge and got a complimentary upgrade was too real. A comfortable bed in the most stunning and relaxing atmosphere was just what we needed to recover and gain new energies to seize the next couple of days.
I'm not going to lie, the first day in Inle was spent half-dying in bed. Literally, sick and shivering and taking turns running back and forth to the bathroom (ah, love my honesty). The food poison from Yangon hit us so hard that day, I'll probably remember it for life. I bet Sophie feels the same way.
Fortunately, we were back on track the next day. We eventually managed to book a boat tour through the hotel and lucky us, the dock was located only 100m away which gave us plenty of time to leave in the early morning and have a whole day of river cruising and Inle Lake sightseeing. We paid 25 000 kyats for a seven hours guided tour, which is about 20USD. Apparently that was 10 000 kyats overcharge/ rip-off since we booked it through the hotel, but we still found it to be relatively cheap and so worth it considering how much we got to see and experience! We even tipped our boat guide *good karma*, *pray for no more food poisoning*.
During our boat trip we cruised around the lake, passing from village to village and making about seven to eight pitstops a long the way. It was such a unique experience, seeing the local side of life in Inle Lake; the vegetable gardens grown on water, the various handicraft workshops, more pagodas, the long neck women and the iconic fishermen with their conical nets. I swear watching them was like watching a live piece of art.
For anyone planning a trip to Inle Lake in the future, I highly recommend ViewPoint Lodge & Fine Cuisines. The service was extraordinary and a definite highlight of our trip. In terms of location it couldn't be more convenient! We stayed in a 'cottage room' and the view and location couldn't be more perfect. The best part is that the interior design really reflects the traditions of Inle Lake and acts as a constant reminder of the beauty of Myanmar.
I feel so lucky for the opportunity to experience such a beautiful and authentic country. It's been a true pleasure.