Inle Lake is Burma’s second largest freshwater lake measuring 22 kilometers/14 miles long and 10 kilometers/6 miles wide. It is located in Shan State and transportation around the lake is by motorized longtail boats and paddled dugout flat-bottomed boats. Local Intha fishers use a unique leg-rowing style and often catch fish with cylindrical nets. Sights include traditional crafts such as weaving, metal works, and cheroot (cigar) making, wooden houses on stilts, pagodas, and archaeological ruins.
I visited Inle Lake in the midst of its Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival which is a major Buddhist celebration held during Burma’s annual Thadingyut Festival. Four Buddha images are paraded around the lake in gilded Karaweik Royal Barges pulled by traditional longboats with hundreds of paddlers. There are also longboat regattas featuring local village leg-rowers.