Inle Lake


Surrounded by a high plateaux with numerous villages mainly inhabited by fishermen or small farmers, Inle Lake is about 20 km long and 8 km wide. It is very shallow - only 2 to 3 m deep - and is covered by seaweed. The locals have developed a very individual way of fishing! They row with one leg, standing in their specially designed boats! Each year, these “one-legged” rowers race each other during the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival held in September - October. The other special feature of the lake is the floating gardens growing a wide variety of flowers and vegetables. Other interesting sites to visit nearby include the Ywama and Namphu villages, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, and the Nga Phe Chaung and Thale monasteries…