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Curious Fish, Fascinating People Home at Inle Lake Shan State Pagodas & Monuments | Landscape | 2 comments

Inle Lake certainly holds the distinction of being the highest lake in Myanmar and home to some unusual fish.
Curious Fish, Fascinating People Home at Inle Lake

At an altitude of just over 800 meters, the lake is one of the most unique ecosystems in Myanmar (Burma), playing home to mollusc and fish species that can't be found anywhere else in the world. However, Inle Lake isn't just about the creatures that live in it.

Its waters are the lifeblood of four large towns and countless villages, which are scattered around its rim. The nutrient-rich waters support diverse agricultural operations, from rice to fruits and vegetables, a significant amount of which is grown right on the water, using platforms made from weeds and bamboo to create floating gardens.

It is also home to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, which is one of the largest Buddhist festivals in Myanmar.

The various peoples who live around the lake have also devised a rather unique method of traversing Inle's waters. The fertile lake often results in blooms of unwanted weeds like the water hyacinth, and in order to see above the curtain of green, rowers attach an oar to one leg, allowing them to propel the boat while standing up.

Inle's unusual character has resulted in it becoming a popular tourist destination for foreigners and locals alike, attracting the construction of hotels and guest houses nearby.  Inle Lake is easily reached via domestic flights from Yangon.


More attractions in Shan State? Check out: Pindaya

If you're interested in Pagodas & Monuments attractions - check out: Kawgun Cave

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What do the travelers say?

J M1981, Australia
January 03, 2013
was thinking of heading here soon, looks gorgeous. Any recommendations for accommodation though?
Richard L, United States
January 03, 2013
theres a few floating hotels that are interesting, secluded and quiet. we stayed at the Villa Inle Resort last time and it was fantastic, over looking the rice fields and lake

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