Departures

Inle Lake, Shan State

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Photo - Yamin Htin Aung

Inle Lake stretches 11 miles (17.7km) in the Nyaung Shwe basin of southern Shan State at an altitude of 2918ft (889m) above sea level. Ringed with mountain ranges that disappear into the far mists in hues of purple and blue, the lake is a haven for waterfowl and other birds, some of which are endangered species. The lake is the home to the Inthar national race, many of whom live in stilted houses built over the water, which is only 20 ft (6m) at its deepest. The Inthar grow vegetables on floating beds of silt and cut weeds tacked to the lake bottom with bamboo poles. The beds can be detached and moved as necessary. Silversmith ateliers and silk or lotus weaving cottage industries are among the most popular attractions in the area.

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