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I took that image close to the Ywama village, the "capital" of the Inle Lake.
Ywama today is similar to many other villages of South-East Asia that are and were touched by the tourism fever.
Guesthouses, bungalows, travel companies, small resturants, bars...all that in Ywama is at the beginnings 'cause Burma was closed to foreginers for many decades and re-opened to travelers only in the mid 90's; so, just outside the small village, that have the classical Floating Market for tourists, there is a real Burmese Market, close to the muddy banks of the lake.
we rested there for some hours and we didn't found any other tourists: only Inthas, Burmeses and Shan people.
There was a typical work-fever, all did something, men trasported woods from and to the longboats, women cooked food in the woks and sold it, merchants sold silk and other stuff in the small market.
There were more or less one thousands people that worked here, but there was a fantastic silence.
The clouds ran very fast in the sky, the water of the lake reflected the sunrays, the children played close to the water, strong scents of curry came from the woks, the buffalos worked togeather with men...and there were only 2 "white devils" (us) with their boring photocameras....

*scanned image*

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