Exploring Inle Lake by longboat is an absolute highlight of Burma.
Calm waters mimic rippling silk offering stunning mirror-like reflections punctuated by lush floating gardens, simple stilt houses and traditional fishermen all surrounded by picturesque, verdant mountains. While these form the essence of the waterway the area is so much more with unique cottage industries such a Lotus Silk weaving, gleaming golden pagodas which have become such a familiar sight and plenty of locals just going about their daily business.
Life on the lake is hectic in the early morning with local fishermen beating the surface of the water as they attempt to herd the fish into their nets. Other fishermen use more conventional yet local methods managing to hold their nets with both hands as they balance on one leg and use the other wrapped around an oar to move and stabilise.
A few days exploring the lake is not to be missed.