Published On: Mon, Aug 17th, 2020

Inle Lake, Myanmar

In the basin of Shan State Plateau in central Myanmar, there is a long and narrow lake extending from north to south. It is the famous tourist attraction “Inle Lake” in Myanmar. The smoke on the lake is vast, and the distant mountains are as vast as the sea, as vast as the sea.

The Inda people have lived here by the water for generations. They piled piles in the shallow water, built houses on wooden piles and built stilts in the city, forming a series of floating villages. The traditional stilt houses have only one floor. After the villagers became rich, they began to build two or three-story small buildings. On Inle Lake, people use boats to travel and shuttle freely on the waterways.

In Inle Lake, even the vegetable garden is on the water. There are large tomato fields here, and the locals drive small boats through the waterways of the fields to pick them. I deliberately ordered tomatoes in the restaurant. The taste is a little bit sour. I wonder if it is related to soil and water.

The Inle people row a boat in a very unique way. They stand at the end of the boat, with one foot on the board and the other foot in the air. If you are rowing with your left foot, hold the oar with your left hand, and hold the oar with your right hand if you are rowing with your right foot. This rowing posture is quite elegant, so it is also known as the water ballet of Inle Lake. Traveling on the lake by boat, you can always see the graceful gestures and silhouettes of the boatmen. They give Inle Lake a special charm.

The Inda people traditionally focus on fishing, but there are also various handicraft workshops open to tourists and free consumption. The first time I knew that the “broken lotus root” silk can be used for spinning, it was in the lotus root workshop in Inle Lake. Because it is time-consuming and labor-intensive, it is expensive. A pure lotus root scarf starts at more than one hundred dollars.

You can also see the well-known “long-necked tribe” in the floating villages. They live on the border between Thailand and Myanmar. They are the Padang tribe, a branch of the Karen ethnic minority. They have always maintained the traditional custom of wearing a copper ring on their necks. In order to attract tourists and come to the village to perform weaving, tourists can take pictures of them as long as they give a tip.

Inle Lake in Myanmar is very beautiful. Not only does it have pure natural beauty that is not polluted, but also has a unique humanistic customs. You must not miss it when you come to Myanmar!

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