Blaine's Travels

Myanmar — Part II: Inle Lake

Myanmar — Part II: Inle Lake
Located in Shan State, Inle Lake is a sprawling 45 square-mile (116 sq. kilometers) shallow body of water, whose shores are dotted with four towns and many villages. Fishing, hydroponic farming, weaving, and silversmithing are among the main industries in the region. Shan State is home to many ethnic minorities in Myanmar -- Shan, Chinese, Thai, Mongol, and Indian. In…

Myanmar: Yangon

Myanmar: Yangon
Minga la ba!  That's 'hello' in Burmese, our guide taught us immediately when he picked us up from the Yangon airport.  Our friends Eva and Suresh were arriving late in the evening, so once settled in our hotel, Rick and I set out to explore this one-time capital of British-occupied Burma from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries when it was…