Inle is a freshwater lake located in the mountainous area of Shan Hills, Myanmar and about 600 km away from the capital city of Yangon. This, is one of the two biggest freshwater lakes of Myanmar with serenely picturesque scenery, mesmeric floating villages, gardens and markets and the unique way of life of the locals living on the lake will leave you more than just a lasting impression.
Inle in Myanmar or Burmese language means the big lake, is located at an altitude of approximate 889 meters above the sea level, surrounded by majestic mountains and has an area of total of 220 km². The water level moderately changes between the dry season (on May) and the full water season (on August) with a difference of around 1,2m.
Not only famous for its sublime beauty, Inle Lake is also the place inhabited by the ethnic people of Inthar, which in Burmese language means “people who live on the lake”. Throughout thousands of years, Inle Lake has been home to each and every social activity of the Inthar.
Inthar people live entirely on the lake. Considered as one of the greatest initiative of theirs is the over-the-water cultivation of crops by forming the float from the remaining of moss and fastening it with bamboo plugged into the lake bed. With such a creative method, they can freely plant various types of crops and vegetables in these “floating fields”.
Hydroponic tomato farming is a common activity of the residents. Tomatoes are grown as a specialty ingredient of this place. Don’t be surprised if coming here, you often hear people mouthing the phrase: “You have never actually been to Inle without tasting the famous tomato salad”. Besides farming, Inthar people also live on the fishery resources exploited in the lake.
Scattered In The Eastern Dawn Is The Shadow Of Fishermen throwing their nests. The image of Inthar men sailing with one-person-wide wooden boat using a mesmerizing one-legged paddling technique has somehow become the living cultural characteristics of the area.
Attracting a large number of tourists each year for its poetic natural beauty as well as its long magnificent history, Inle Lake is indeed a should-not-miss destination for your Myanmar Travel.
Nowadays, the current Southern Part of Inle Lake is honored as Bagan of the Shan State. It is the ancient city of Indein with remained buildings made from brick since the 11th century, once was the capital of King Shan together with the cultural beauty of the minorities such as Padaung – the long-neck tribe, all of which will make Inle a worthy place to visit in your bucket list.
Travelling to every corners of the Inle Lake, you should definitely not miss the opportunity of watching the astounding spectacular sunset. As an orange-shaded glow of the sky slowly sink behind the mountain, the view then becomes insignificantly fanciful that makes every single visitors speechless with emotions. Bring something with you to eat while listening to your favorite songs, you will absolutely have a memorable experience enjoying this brilliant moments.
Another wonderful option for people who fancy a little hiking is to bike along the Red Mountain where viticulture and winemaking are the most remarkable sight of “The Land Of Golden Pagodas”. Relaxing under the shade of a tree, capturing the whole panoramic view of Inle from above while enjoying yourself with a glass of wine in a cool weather will be a pleasant experience that could totally give you the deluding feeling of being in a peaceful small village back in France.
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