Situated near 900 metres above sea level and surrounded by blue and hazy mountain ranges, Inle Lake is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’ when going through the canals and stilted villages by boat.
Heho, a small town in Kalaw town-ship is the primary air gateway to this serene lake area, whilst Nyaung Shwe is the main village just north of the lake with a vibrant town atmosphere.
Offering an idyllic setting, the lake is 22km in length and 10km in the widest place.
The shallow waters are home to the Intha people, renowned for their floating gardens and the unique one-legged rowing style of their fishermen using traditional conical nets.
Life on the lake is captivating and a complete contrast to the Western world.
You’ll find a number of hotels on the lake to choose from with their traditional and distinctive Inle architecture.
Most travellers often skip Inle Lake bound for Bagan, but a stay here will no doubt leave you with a lasting impression.
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