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Inle Lake

This incredible lake is our favourite spot in Burma, without a doubt. It has a laid back atmosphere and gentle breezes blow as you are transported across its waters, soaking up the rural joys of Burma.
Inle is surrounded by hills, which make for some wonderful short treks to rural villages and out-of-the-way pagodas and temples. On the lake, you will witness the infamous 'leg-rowing' fishermen, who somehow manage to glide their boats across the serene waters with one foot, whilst using the other to fish with. The small waterways, the mysterious rising pagodas, the floating markets and gardens and the rich water life make this place high on our wish list of places to visit on a Burma holiday.

InDein is a small riverside community with a lovely set of temples and stupas perched on top of the hill with stunning views across the lake; the gentle walk up is mercifully covered, and there are many stalls and vendors to slow your pace whilst you stop to look.

There are ever-changing daily floating markets on the lake, at which many of the hill tribes sell their wares, especially silver. There are some pagodas here as well, the most important being the Phoung Dow Oo, and in October several golden Buddha images are carried around the lake from village to village by boat, bringing blessings to all.

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