Inle Lake is the second largest natural lake in Myanmar and is best known for its stilt house villages and floating gardens. The iconic leg rowing fishermen from the local Intha tribe move about on the lake fishing, tending to their gardens, even collecting children from school with graceful ease. As the only mode of transportation is boats and motorboats, Inle Lake is figuratively named the “Venice of the East”.
The Lake is home to a variety of local tribes who you may encounter on a visit to one of the monthly rotating markets that take place. The local cottage industries are also worth a visit: watch traditional Intha girls make hand rolled “cheroots” (small cigars), each workshop has their own unique ‘recipe’ and engender fierce loyalty amongst the local community who all seem to have their own personal favourite.