My advice for the markets is to get there early. We arrived before most and enjoyed being able to wander around without being bumped and jostled about.
My experience of markets in Asia has been mixed; some are very relaxed and don't put any pressure on you to buy, whilst others hassle and follow you (which generally annoys the life out of me to the point that I leave having not bought anything!).
This market fell into the relaxed category - thankfully. The stallholders were lovely and understood that 'just looking' meant just that.
Having left the market as all of the crowds were pulling in, our guide took us to various workshops where craftsmen and women made goods for everyday use and for shipping around the country. The first place he took us to was where the women wove silks and cottons. They also extracted thread from the lotus plant to make stronger, more expensive garments. Across the water from their workshop was a farm of lotus plants.
After visiting a couple of other workshops, we headed back to our hotel. I love being out on the water; it's such a relaxing thing to be doing.
If you find yourself in Inle Lake, then book yourself a boat and get out and about!
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I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.