Inle Lake, Myanmar (formerly Burma), is home to nearly 200,000 residents who have developed unique measures that allow them to live in harmony with the lake. As water depths can vary from eight feet in the dry season to 17 feet in the rainy season, they build their wood and woven bamboo homes on stilts that keep them high and dry.
Whole communities “float” above the lake on these stilt homes, including floating gardens, monasteries, general stores, and even workshops for creating traditional Shan handicrafts such as silver jewelry and silk textiles. But the most famous sight on Inle Lake is undoubtedly the traditional fishermen, who drag in nets while standing on the bow with one foot, navigating with a paddle wrapped around their other foot. To read more about the life and challenges of this vanishing breed of fisherman, click here.
Disclosure: Viking River Cruises sponsored me on their Myanmar Explorer cruise/tour however the receipt and acceptance of complimentary items or services will never influence the content, topics, or posts in this blog. I write the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.