The Train from Inlay Lake to Kalaw

Hiking down to the lake we did cross the rails at the 1st day. Thinking the train takes that route up to Kalaw I decided to take it.

Train to Kalaw

That includes getting up when the monks collect food in the very early morning. I went out of the hotel and a taxi dropped 2 guys at the hotel. Good – I took it to the train station. Saves the walk to the Tuck Tuck station, a cold ride in the open car, changing to another Tuck Tuck at the junction – and best of all – I have a lot of space instead of way to less.
The car was an old English model build in 1960. Had a 6 in a line that sucked too much gas so they put a Toyota diesel in it and while doing so replaced the whole cockpit with the one from the Toyota as well.
Nice ride – short distance and only flat – other than that this would be a nightmare, mind you, at 6 in the morning.

Train to Kalaw

At the station I learned that the train is at 9 – WTF??? I was way to early. So I did search a spot in the warm rays of the rising sun and read. And waited and read some more and waited even more.
Later I could get the ticket. This takes ages as they have to write down your whole passport for what ever reason. And than the old “I do not like this dollar note cause it was folded” game started.
After that it was more waiting as the train is never on time. So lets inspect the other one.

Train to Kalaw

Train to Kalaw
This looks good – yellow plastic on top and the red down – like the manual said!

Train to Kalaw
Fresh cleaned

Train to Kalaw
The train restaurant in place – ready to go!

Train to Kalaw

After more than 90 minutes delay the train started the rails up to Kalaw – only to stop at every bamboo house on the way. At the stations you get all sorts of food.

Train to Kalaw
You do not even have to leave your seat. They walk the train and are happy to serve you!

Train to Kalaw

At noon we had a lunch break – like it was a bus! 45 minutes – so everybody can get something to eat. The train was inspected and here and there they fixed something. The guys on the roof check how much diesel is left.

Train to Kalaw

Only 2 and 1/2 hours later as scheduled we arrived finally in Kalaw. 4 more hours till my bus leaves for Mandalay. Enough time for a tea and then a cold Tiger. After this train ride I shall never take the train in Myanmar again. Looks like I did not remember the ride a few years ago…

A few pix of my favourite Birds at the Inlay Lake in Myanmar

One of my personal favorites on the lake is feeding the sea gulls. It is one of my favorite animal – nice build – form follows function, this bird has it all. I could do this every day – at Inlay at last 🙂

Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake

A Day on the Inlay Lake – Pix Part 3

There are loads of “tourist” workshops on the lake – selling products that where made in the shop and elsewhere on the lake. at last most of them?? When you go with the boat you hear the weaving machines all over in the villages so i guess that a lot of the stuff they sell is really from here.
this one is a newer and big place. They make cotton, silk and lotus flower fabrics. You can than buy scarfs, trousers, blankets, shirts and what not.

Inlay Lake

This is the stem of the lotus leave. inside are a few very very fine threads – if you would not know better you would think it is a spiders work. Of course you need loads to have a thread ready to weave…

Inlay Lake

Here you can combine different colors or materials into one thread – if you like fabric that has a different shine than a single color one would have.

Inlay Lake

Grandma gets the material ready to use it in the machine.

Inlay Lake

This is where grandma’s work ends up – in the hand of the weaving machine operator (sounds good??)

Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake

With the pedals you can make pattern – the more pedals are installed the more complex the pattern can be.

Inlay Lake

Of course – i was waiting for that. The Long Neck do actually come from 200 km away. But now – took them quite a while – a few of the shops have “Long Neck products” along with original long necks. Guess still better than in Thailand where they have Long Neck zoos even in the south now…

Inlay Lake

Gabi – this one is for you. The Jumping Cat Monastery – where they have them jump every time there are enough visitors there. The last few years it where the monks that did the show. guess they are to lazy now – the boss monk rings a bell and than the boy does the show. now i do not see the big difference with a dog show here – and all the cat people tell me the cat has a mind of its own and all the bla bla 🙂

Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake

Enough for one day – lets get back home

Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake

Truck Engine Wash Center

Inlay Lake

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