Inle Lake photos
The lake is a place most travelers visit. Far less go north of Taunggni and see the market there. I couldn't resist to add a few Inle Lake photos of that particular market because it shows the conditions the people here live in.
It had been raining when I was there. This means that the roads had transformed in a mud bath. At some points, the road was so muddy, you would go ankle deep or more. But next to the road men say quietly smoking or simply with their merchandise waiting for people who needed their veggie, fruits or hard ware.
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But regardless the living conditions of many in higher mountain villages few would want to change it for a life in a city. These people are not just living in the mountains, they're part of the mountains and the lake as much as the lake and mountains are part of them.
The interesting thing here is that you will find these hill tribe people not just here in Karen and Shan State, but it goes beyond the borders into Thailand (not surprising this generate border conflicts) and Laos. In reality, you can find these tribes all the way to further in Laos (Muang Sing) and North Vietnam (Sapa).
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