Shwe Inn Dein Pagoda
During our weekend we decided to take a trip to the surroundings of Inle Lake. We rented a car in the monastery, and we went with our local guide / local celebrity, who is the most well known guy in the monastery. So we went around 8 in the morning. The the only rule for borrowing car was to refuel the tank.
On our program we had Shwe Inn Dein Pagoda and hot spring. They told us that it was possible to swim. The journey went smoothly. In Myanmar they still not have a fully built infrastructure, so we were drowning in the dirt roads. Along the way we saw a lot of interesting things. For the first time in my life I saw a bamboo forest. We passed rice polys over wooden bridges. We meant different small villages. We were overtaking cow cars. Until the pretty dirt road ended, because of building a new one. Then we went on a muddy and unpaved road. Several times we got in and we had to push the car. A great experience for me, the ruin of adrenaline. And I forgot to say the car we were driving was just an ordinary Toyota like every taxi driver in Yangoon, so nothing in the field. Eventually we got out of the muddy road and got on a nice asphalt road.
The first stop was Shwe Inn Dein Pagoda
The site is believed to date back to the days of the Indian emperor Ashoka, who sent out monks in the 3rd century BC across Asia to spread Buddhism. Centuries later two Kings of the Bagan empire, Narapatisithu and Anawrahta built pagodas at the site. The site contains hundreds of pagodas, collectively known as the Shwe Inn Dein pagodas. Most are from the 17th and 18th century, the earliest one with an inscription dates to the 14th century. We arrived Indein which is one of the small villages of Inle Lake located on the western bank of the lake. A Buddha image has enshrined at a whitewashed stupa which is on the summit of a hill. Below the stupa around the hill are cluster of hundreds of ancient stupas most are ruins overgrown with bushes. The pagoda hill is quiet and calm.
Since it is August and during August is the rainy season here, we have not met a lot of tourists. Otherwise, the local told us that this place is usually full of souvenir stalls and tourists.
This mysterious place is at the end of the marvellous Indein creed which connected with Inle Lake. The creek is narrow with many twists and turns. Since the both sides are paddy fields you can see the farmers ploughing and harrowing by water buffaloes.
At many places in the creek the farmers dam up the water by bamboo barriers to irrigate the paddy fields. Indein water is not only useful for irrigation also for bathing and washing clothes. It is compulsory to see Novice monks, buffalo, boys and village girls wash and swim in the creek.
The next stop was supposed to be spring. Unfortunately, the only bridge on the west side of the lake was destroyed. So we didn’t get to hot spring. We decided to go back but not to thru the same muddy way. We decided to go back up the mountain roads and enjoy the views of Inle.
So the only hot spring was a bathin the muddy water when we were pushing a car out of the mud.