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A great place to see real Thai people getting to grips with on of the country’s most popular hobbies.  Men come to spend hours studying the amulets looking for unique and rare examples to add to their collection.  The most expensive will contain hairs from auspicious Monks, and will have been blessed over an extended time.  Strangely, the trade in Buddha images is illegal in Thailand – To get by this the representations are “Rented” to the collectors.

Here are a few of my photos:

A selection of Amulets

amulet 1

Buyers pore over amulets

amulet 7

amulet 3

Pictures of a young Prince as a Monk

amulet 4

A collection of statues, and an Artisan creating a large example

amulet 5

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Lucky catfish

amulet 8

A cat naps on top of the Amulets

amulet 9

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Sitting up on a plateau in the foothills of the Shan mountains, Inle Lake is one of the  most popular tourist spots in Myanmar. But it’s still incredibly low key, with most villagers focused on their day to day business rather than trying to make a quick buck from tourists.

Everything about the place seems to relax you.  The main draw here is the stilted villages of the Intha.  Whole communities are built out on the lake and getting around means going by boat – even to your immediate neighbour.  The famous Intha Leg Rowing is always  on show when a tourist appears, though I’m sure It’s not as popular as it once was.  As with nearly all of the people in Myanmar they are some of the nicest in the world, with not even a hint of danger anywhere.  This could be the friendliest place in the world.

One of my favourite places in the world.  Check out some photos HERE

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