Photo Journal: Life on Taungthaman Lake

Written by Kyle about Myanmar. Feelin' normal
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Fiserman in Amarapura, Myanmar
A fisherman pulls in his net on Taungthaman Lake

Near Mandalay, in the town of Amarapura sits a shallow, sprawling lake, home to one of Myamar's most famous sights, U Bein's Bridge.  While taking pictures of the world's longest teak bridge is the main attraction, there is surely a lot to see just by watching the calm, shallow waters that surround this former capital.  There you can find a bevy of fisherman busy at work or flocks of ducks moving to new grounds.  Just like most things in Myanmar, quite often the most interesting things are not the tourist attractions themselves, but are happening right next to them.

Amarapura, Myanmar
A colorful boat tries to attract tourists for a trip across the lake

U Bein's Bridge, Amarapura, Myanmar
Young boys search for good fishing grounds

Amarapura, Myanmar
Men sift through their still moving catch

Amarapura, Myanmar
A boatman maneuvers his boat in the shallow waters with temples beckoning in the background

Amarapura, Myanmar
People hang out beneath one of the few trees on dry land.

U Bein's Bridge, Amarapura, Myanmar
Boats wait on the shore of Taungthaman Lake.

Amarapura, Myanmar
Poles are used to move through the shallow lake waters

Amarapura, Myanmar
A group of ducks move to a new part of the lake

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