Photo: A fisherman during sunrise over Inle Lake.

Floating gardens and fishing villages

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Any Inle Lake visit will include stops at some of the numerous and still largely traditional lakeside villages and their special floating gardens.

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Despite certain brochure descriptions the villages are not actually floating Cambodian style -- the water level variations don’t warrant it -- but are constructed on wooden piles driven into the lake floor. Some of these traditionally teak buildings can be huge -- up to two or three storeys -- and villages such as Nam Pan and Ywama are extensive. In Inn Paw Khone village, entire weaving factories are built on stilts.

A village high street. Photo taken in or around Floating gardens and fishing villages, Inle Lake, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

A village high street. Photo: Mark Ord

Pagodas, schools and markets tend to be built on land reclaimed by piling up lake-floor mud while attractive wooden walkways and bridges often connect different houses or village sections. These make great places to wander if your boatman can find the right place to drop you off, while taking a stroll away from many of the handicraft workshops can ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)


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