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.
Fishermen out on Inle Lake
Men Gather soil from the lake bed to build the floating gardens
Not land – Actually floating gardens built by the Intha to grow market vegetables. Tomatoes, lettuce, beans – all grow on chunks of floating reeds and soil
The five day rotating market in Nyangshwe at the top of the Lake
A pier out to the village of Maing Thauk
Kids play out on the pier
A girl shows us the silver making process
Spinners Weavers at work in a stilted studio
A stilted house out on the lake
Stupas up on the hill at Inthein
The Jumping cats at Nga Hpe Kyaung. Pretty well trained cats. Though there was a fat one that wasn’t making much of an effort.
Novice Monks chant at a Teak Monastery