Inle Lake is a place of escapism, a tranquil destination hidden in the hills. But like everything in Myanmar, the destination provides a unique insight into a remote world and its people.
Boatmen row with one leg, flowers blossom on strange floating islands, and villages rise on stilts in the water. Smiles and waves greet you on a private boat cruise, one that showcases how cultural heritage can dominate the ambiance of today.
Mornings are special on Inle Lake. Golden tones bounce off the water, catching the fishermen in silhouette. Markets come alive as boats bring endless supplies of fruit and vegetables, antiques and souvenirs.
Village life wakes, from children taking a boat to school to pigs snorting beneath stilt houses. And you continue to cruise, connecting the highlights of this magical lake, including a silk factory on stilts and 16th century pagodas.