One leg rowers - Inle Lake adventure.
One of the most picturesque spots in all of Southeast Asia, Myanmar's Inle Lake is fringed with reed beds and bamboo stilt houses, surrounded by the lush Shan hills, and home to the Inle Lake Wildlife Sanctuary. But tourists also come here in droves to watch the lake's famous, leg-rowing fishermen at work.
With an acrobat's agility, an Intha fisherman stands upright with one leg locked around a long oar and the other foot firmly gripping the flat stern of his boat as he sculls along one of Inle Lake’s channels.
Today, some 100,000 Intha live and work on the water, building houses on stilts driven into the lake bed. Some seek Inle’s fish in slender boats using conical-shaped nets, while others tend their vegetable gardens.
A short venture from the Inle Lake resort will reveal a few other adaptive variants on the area’s serene Venetian vibe: entire villages exist on stilts above the lake, the residents shop by boat at large flotilla markets and the local produce is grown on floating gardens woven from dredged-up reed and silt. After touring the lake it might be worth taking your gondola a little further through this unusual and wonderfully picturesque part of Burma.
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