Curiousity kills the cat.
Perfect title! *grin*
The curiousity got the best in me.
Wanted to know how this floating garden looks like and expect it looking like Amsterdam during tulip season is abit too much, I know, hahaahahaaa.... still, no harm in dreaming high *cheeky smile*. We told the boatman to take us to the floating garden, our second last stop for the day.
I kept wondering how the locals "built" this garden, did a little research and found out that the locals gather up lake-bottom weeds from the deeper parts of the lake and make them into floating beds in their garden areas, anchored by bamboo poles (courtesy of Wikipedia). And I further found out that the gardens rise and fall according to the tide and what makes it so interesting is that it also resistant to flooding. That is not all, they are able to cultivate rice here too.
I asked where are all the flowers since we only saw few patches here and there (to our disappointment) and I was surprised by the answer, apparently the plants here are planted according to the season, and now - tomato. Yup! T.O.M.A.T.O.
I learnt that if I can actually balance myself well, I can take better pictures when standing. Hence I was having fun standing half the journey and taking pictures - Titanic sangat. Hhahahahhaha...
I really want the boat to go into the aisle but since it on private property and gated (Yeah... gated! Don't play-play). None was "open" for us to row in and snoop around.
The trip here was pretty quick since we can't get down and roam about, I do suggest that those coming here to check on the season. I have a feeling that it will be beautiful if the season is right, just imagine flowers or fruits floating on water; the colours, the smells and the view; it's going to be absolutely amazing.
Our last stop was located just 5-10 minutes away, Nga Phe Kyaung or Jumping Cats Monastery. Nothing special about this monastery just that it have plenty of cats. The history of this monastery was painted on the wall, so, do pay attention and read thru.
Oh yah! The cats here are trained to jump through hoops.
This monastery was built on teak wood on stilt surrounded by the water and floating gardens. A beautiful monastery and definitely a beautiful sight. And the famous Burmese cats? Even more beautiful!
Souvenir area in the monastery.
Inle Lake in the evening.
Map courtesy of Asia Pearl Travels.
My other Myanmar entries :
Visa : Myanmar Visa Application
The Beginning : #Myanmar. How I Remembered It! ( #Myanmargang )
Gadget : #Myanmar | In Black & White - #Olympus E-PL3
Gadget : #Myanmar | In Dramatic Tone - #Olympus E-PL3
Myanmar Costing : #Myanmar Costing
Day 1 : Yangoon to Bagan Train Ride
Day 2 : Temples in #Bagan Myanmar (Part 1)
Day 2b : Irrawaddy Boat Cruise, #Myanmar (Part 2)
Day 2c : Majestic #Bagan At Sunset - #Myanmar (Part 3)
Day 3 : Inle Town at Sunset, #Myanmar
Day 4 : Inle Lake at Sunrise
Day 4b : Searching for Morning Sun [YwaMa Floating Market & Kella Village)
Day 4c : Hiking to Shwe Inn Thein Pagoda