Inle is a freshwater lake located in the mountain about 600 km from Yangon. This is one of the two biggest freshwater lakes in Myanmar.
In Myanmar language, Inle means the big lake which is located in the center of Shan state and the far Taung-kyi city of Shan state about 40km in the south. The lake which is located at an altitude of about 889 meters above sea level, surrounded by high mountains has an area of approximately 220 km². The deepest of the lake is about 6 m and the water level varies seasonally difference between the dry season (May), and full water season (August) 1.2 m.
Inle Lake does not only have romantic beauty but also inhabited by ethnic Inthar who is a minority of Myanmar. In Myanmar language, Inthar meant “people live in the lake”. Therefore, Inle Lake was the place where all activities of the social life of Inthar peoples occur for thousands of years.
When visiting there, you can see that Inthar people are living completely in the lake. They build houses and architectural construction on the lake. The initiative is considered the greatest once of Inthar because they conducted cultivation of crops on the water by forming the floating from the remains of dirt, moss and fixed determination of the bamboo.
The most common crop of Inthar is tomatoes, therefore, tomatoes is a specialty of this place. Myanmar people often has a mouth the phrase “when visit Inle lake, you have not eaten tomato salad yet, it considered as you have not been here. The Inle Lake has a unique traditional that when his daughter reached marriageable age, parents often cut for a couple of floating to the dowry daughters to farming and subsistence. Besides farming, Inthar people also live by fishing in the lake.
In addition, if you visit the lake in the early morning, you can see a beautiful view when local fisherman fish in the lake. Inthar men sailing with one foot on a small canoe has become a living culture characteristic of a lake. Inle Lake attracts tourist’s not only wild beauty and natural resort but also a unique culture with long history.
Southern of Inle Lake is still a land which seems as Bagan of Shan state. This is ancient town of the old city remaining Indian with architectural construction built of brick from the 11th century. The place was the center of Shan King as well as the cultural beauty of Padaung ethnic minorities. Furthermore, if you went around the corner of Lake Inle, you can not miss the opportunity to enjoy an impressive sunset. You can enjoy the stunning sunset, you can prepare a bit cake and a cup of tea to hang out with your friends.
Moreover, you can rent a bike to travel to Red Mountain where you can learn more about how to growing grapes and making wine because this is famous wine in the country. You can release under a tree and see Inle panoramic view from above. You also enjoy a glass of wine under the cool weather causing many people deluding themselves in a peaceful village in France.