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Inle Lake

  • Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
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Location Type: Destination
Inle Lake is a a freshwater lake located in the Shan Hills and is home to many different tribes and stilted villages.

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Wikipedia - Inle Lake

Leg rowing, Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
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Inle Lake is a freshwater lake located in the Shan Hills in Myanmar (Burma). It is the second largest lake in Myanmar with an estimated surface area of 44.9 square miles (116 km2), and one of the highest at an altitude of 2,900 feet (880 m). During the dry season, the average water depth is 7 feet (2.1 m), with the deepest point being 12 feet (3.7 m), but during the rainy season this can increase by 5 feet (1.5 m).

The people of Inle Lake (called Intha), some 70,000 of them, live in four cities bordering the lake, in numerous small villages along the lake's shores, and on the lake itself. The entire lake area is in Nyaung Shwe township. The population consists predominantly of Intha, with a mix of other Shan, Taungyo, Pa-O (Taungthu), Danu, Kayah, Danaw and Bamar ethnicities. Most are devout Buddhists, and live in simple houses of wood and woven bamboo on stilts; they are largely self-sufficient farmers. ... read more

Wikitravel - Inle Lake

Fishing on Inle Lake, Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
Fishing on Inle Lake

A boat trip on the lake is a must do. Unfortunately, it is also one of the biggest tourist traps in Myanmar, because you will visit at least 6 workshops (i.e. shops), on a half-day tour (only increasing when your tour is longer). Most of the workshops are only set up for tourist visitors. Day tours are available for only the top half of the lake (~10000 kyat for half day tour, ~12000kyat for half day tour + floating market) or including the south of the lake (recommended!) (~15000 kyat). Note that in comparison to other boat trips, this is very cheap, because the boat drivers get good commissions for anything you buy at the many shops you visit. Typical shops are clothing (about 2 times more expensive for the same item than elsewhere in the country), silverware and jewellery, and lackerware/tobacco. If you want to spend more time on the lake and less time shopping, be sure to tell the boat driver clearly. There is a $5 entry fee per person to the lake, charged by the government. ... read more

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