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“Don't miss the cooking course” 5 of 5 stars
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Inle Lake
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Ranked #6 of 213 attractions in Myanmar
Type: Bodies of Water
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“Don't miss the cooking course”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

If you go to nyaung shwe,
Don't miss Sue's cooking course, a unique chance to meet locals and share a bit of their life.
Don't miss it!!

Sue has a phone and speaks good English 0941 01 0433. She said 15% of income goes to helping local orphans.

Visited February 2013
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“Unique Fishing Village”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

If you read my reviews you will find one common thread. That is the quality of our tour agency and agent. IOT and Yeliz Wong put together a fabulous itinerary for our 8 day stay in Myanmar.
Inle Lake was another fabulous stop. Having lunch in the village, seeing and talking with various craft people up close and personal, going up to the Temple, having our boat stuck in the water due to near end of dry season and having a quality guide like Maung Aung all added up to and outstanding stay and tour.

Visited March 2013
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“A wondrous and fascinating way of life and ecosystem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Inle Lake was our favourite bit of Burma. We stayed on its shores at the Pristine Lotus resort, and made 3 trips up and down the north end of the lake in our 6-man boat, chugging down weed-clogged canals, past pagodas, fishermen rowing one-legged, villages on stilts and the floating gardens, visiting monasteries, silk weavers, silversmiths and a local committee fundraising to expand their floating school.

A highlight was the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival: the 5 Buddhas from the pagoda are taken in the early morning on a boat from village to village, followed by a convoy of boats, one from each village, loaded to the gunwales with rowers and revellers, playing everything from traditional Burmese drums to '70s disco music. This happens in October and is a great time to visit if you can time it right - we hit it randomly but will feel forever lucky to have done so.

We also visited In Thein village and its pagoda, and the famous rotating 5-day market. We caught this at Nampan but your guide will be able to tell you which village it is at on any given day: it's a bit manic (to put it middy) but worth a visit.

Visited October 2012
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“A Peaceful and Fascinating Lake to Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

From top to bottom this lake is wonderful. If you have time to see more than a little of it you really begin to understand how life is lived there, and how complete life is there. The hundreds of villages around the lake and on the lake in stilted houses make life totally self sufficient. Some do brick making, some blacksmithing, some silk and lotus fibre weaving, some ceramics and vast numbers grow vegetables that are sent for sale elsewhere. The method of making a floating "garden". Is to gather together the clumps of rushes /water hyacinths growing naturally in the lake, fix them into the lake bed with poles,cut the rushes or stems down , dump on top a quantity of river (very fertile) mud and then plant ---tomatoes gourds, beans, cucumbers etc
Boats trading their wares go to and fro to other villages to sell.
It is fun to watch and when you are hungry there are even a couple of stilted restaurants to tie up to while you dine.
The houses themselves are made of teak and bamboo in the traditional way making the most of the cooling breezes at night.
The lake long boats are colorful with umbrellas for sun or rain protection and steer past many fishing boats using a variety of fishing methods from the one leg rowers who throw out their nets at the same time as rowing, to the fishers with cane baskets. Photographic images abound.

There are many Buddhist temples, monasteries and pagodas around the lake including, further south, Shwe Inn Thein Pagoda which has over one thousand stupas, some ruined.

My one surprise is that this lake has not yet been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO unless that happens soon , much will be lost.
But do visit it soon.

Visited March 2013
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“Up The Creek Without A Paddle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

you don't need a paddle on Inle Lake as the mode of transport is by a long, narrow boat that is powered by a motor and shallow depth motor that clack clack's along whilst you sit in a comfortable chair, with an umbrella at your disposal and a blanky for your legs if the sun starts to bite. This mighty lake is 11-12 miles long and has over 100,000 people living in it and on it in elevated homes of various descriptions and styles. The houses are perched on poles. It is a unique environment and very sophisticated in a simple way as the locals farm their movable, floating gardens and others fish in the most unique fashion. This is the most unique place to visit and a life so enjoyable to get a glimpse of. You really must go! Inle is cheap to visit and stay in or around. Do not be told otherwise...go and have a ball to Inle Lake!

Visited March 2013
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