Scene of Leg Rowers on Inle Lake
surrounded by Shan mountains at 4000 ft. above sea level
stretches 11 miles (18 km) in Nyaung Shwe basin of southern Shan state
at an altitude of nearly 3000 feet (1000 meters) above sea level. The
lake, ringed with mountain ranges is a haven for waterfowl and other
birds, some of which are endangered species. The lake is the home to
the Intha tribal race, many of whom live in stilted houses built over
the water, which is only 20 feet (6 meters) at the deepest. The Intha
grow vegetables on the floating beds of stilt which are staked to the
lake bottom with bamboo poles. The beds can be detached and moved as
Floating Intha Village
A busy on
the Inle lake
The Inle lake area is stunning, and to appreciate it properly a good
two to three days is needed. There are visits to many of the handicrafts
produced on the lake, including silk weaving, silversmiths and paper.
There is a five-day-rotating market that moves around the villages and
towns of Shan state near Inle Lake, where tribal people in their costume
come from the nearby villages to sell their indigenous agricultural
on Inle Lake
is the main town on the lake, which is an hour's drive away from Heho
airport. Accommodation is available in the town or on the lake.
the western bank of the lake a cluster of over five hundred shrines
reached by a boat along a small river. The ruined 17th century pagodas
include beautifully carved mythical and celestial beings of stones.
This half day excursion to Indein consists of some walks in Indein village
and the pagoda complex.
PaO Girls at Indein
on pagodas in Kakku
for centuries in the wooden hills near Taunggyi, Kakku has pagodas that
seem to be from the 16th century. This is the main shrine of the region’s
Pa O people, legends say there are 7622 pagodas, almost all decorated
with floral designs of figures of celestial beings or bird-men.