Recently at the tourist hotspot of Inle Lake in Myanmar, I hired a private boat to take me out onto the lake on my final day. At $20 for a 4 hour tour and being told that I wouldn’t be able to go to the couple points of interest I was keen on seeing, I probably should have asked around a little more. But, time was running short and I had a bus to Yangon to catch that afternoon, so I agreed to this tour, which I think ended as me being shipped around to the shops of the boat owner’s friends.
One of the shops we went to on the Lake’s stilt village was a silversmithing shop. A small operation producing some interesting pieces, but nothing the significantly stood out to me, it was still interesting to see them work and watch the steps to make a single small piece of silver jewelry.
Everything seemed to be done in-house and all steps performed right next to each other:
Upon trying to leave the store, I was stopped by the woman who owned it, insisting, and very nearly demanding that I buy something from her store.
Tip for Inle Lake boat trips: Double check to make sure they go where you want to go.