Ngapali Beach: Fishing Nets

Ngapali Beach: Fishing Nets
At the end of my trip through Myanmar, I spent a few days relaxing at Ngapali Beach, a short flight west of Yangon. A brief walk south along the beach was a small fishing village; one morning (before it got too hot to do anything!) I wandered down the beach to take a look.

The men who had been out fishing during the night were busy packing up their nets and equipment, mooring their boats, and preparing everything for the next night of fishing.

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Ngapali Beach: Drying Fish

Ngapali Beach: Drying Fish

At the end of my trip through Myanmar, I spent a few days relaxing at Ngapali Beach, a short flight west of Yangon. A brief walk south along the beach was a small fishing village; one morning (before it got too hot to do anything!) I wandered down the beach to take a look.
The villagers were all busy unloading fish from their boats, packing up nets and equipment, and spreading small fish out on the beach to dry in the sun. This woman was one of the ones sorting through all the tiny fish and spreading them out to dry.

Fish Sellers, Nampan Market, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Fish Sellers, Nampan Market, Inle Lake, Myanmar
During our stay at Inle Lake, we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit the 5 day market at Nampan, on the southern end of the lake. The market rotates between different locations every 5 days.

It’s full of different foods, spices, and people from tribes from the surrounding hills. It’s a melting pot of different people, full of sites, smells, sounds – and completely chaotic!

At times it was difficult to take pictures because there were so many people, but occasionally the crowds cleared enough to get a shot.

Yangon Chinatown Market

Yangon Chinatown Market

On our first day in Myanmar, we flew from Bangkok to Yangon and had a few hours in the afternoon and evening to explore the city. We ventured out on foot into the Chinatown area in downtown Yangon and discovered a daily market there, with stalls selling fruit, vegetables, fish, and cooked food. As the afternoon turns to evening, more and more people appear selling curries, spring rolls, and grilled food. It’s a real feast of fresh, delicious food – and extremely cheap as well as being very photogenic!

This is a shot of a woman selling fresh fish in the afternoon. No doubt some of these ended up on a grill later in the day!

Sri Lankan Fishing Boat

Sri Lankan Fishing BoatA traditional wooden fishing boat on the beach at Koggala, southern Sri Lanka.  These boats are still used to catch fish, which is then sold at markets right next to the beach.  You can’t get fish fresher than that!  A typical fish market in the nearby city of Galle can be seen here and here.