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"Discover The Most Facinating Lake of S. E. Asia" Inle Lake Things to Do Tip by Waxbag

Inle Lake Things to Do: 89 reviews and 219 photos

  Leg Rower on Inle Lake
by Waxbag

This is a most unusual place, Inle Lake. It is not a large lake and it is very shallow. But the life that locals has made on the lake really is unique. There are nearly 20 stilted villages whose people make their living off of and on the lake. Nearly 125,000 people live on or around this lake and all find their own industry to provide for themselves and their family. There are fisherman who row (with their legs) around the leg and catch fish with their conical baskets. There are farmers who grow flowers, vegetables and fruit on floating gardens which are staked down with bamboo so they don't float away. Black smiths make knifes and other metal wear, little girls role cheroots out of a local leaf and weavers make the traditional sarongs and Burmese hand bags. The monks are here to and live and pray in massive stilted monasteries that number about one hundred. Life on this lake is fascinating!

The hills surround most of the sides giving it a caldera feel. In these surrounding hills other villages make a living out of farming (poppy production) and by trading with the lake people who are a very different ethnic group.

You can hike trails in the hills that go through this little villages. When I was there, I felt like I was the first in discovering this amazing anthropological gem. There were so few tourists.

It is not hard to arrange transportation out on the lake. There is good accommodation in Nyaungshwe, a town on the north side of the lake. Take a tour during market day to see the hill people trade with the lake people. You see all the teak boats of the Inle people beached next to the ox carts of the hill people.

There is so much to see here. It warrants several days.

Address: Inle Lake, North-East Myanmar
Directions: Buses and pickups run a regular route between, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake, and Yangon. Once you reach a destination the local touts will help find accomodation.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 5, 2003
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