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Inle Lake

Mystical, magical, and outrageously beautiful are but some of the words used to describe the azure Inle Lake nestled amidst the mist-shrouded Southern Shan plateau. The Intha tribes who populate this dramatic area, have built their houses over the water on stilts, and have a most diverse economy. They grow anything from tomatoes (the region’s main ‘cash crop’) to the flowers required to make their extraordinary metre thick floating islands. The islands are then attached to the lakebed using bamboo poles. Further crops found growing here are rice, sesame and a wide range of vegetables. Another staple of the local economy is the quite unique form of fishing. The fishermen propel their boats by rowing with one leg! Further industries to be found among these extraordinary people are weaving (silk and lotus fibre) metal work. Here you will be really attracted to explore their interesting and unique culture by various activities in your own tours. The area around Inle Lake is dotted with fabulous architectural and archaeological delights. Ancient Buddhist monasteries abound and the remarkable ruins of the villages of Sagar and Indian are not to be missed but the real jewel in the crown is holiest of shrines in the Southern Shan State, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. With the regular colourful and noisy market selling anything from fresh products to souvenirs, for sure you will never be bored here!

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