lake is in the center of Shan State of Myanmar which shares borders
with Thai & Laos. Part of the area known as the Golden Triangle,
notorious as the center of Asian opium production.
More than 30 hill tribes are living in the mountains. The official
line is that the hill tribes in Shan State are no longer growing
opium. We have no idea if this is true or not.
Inle lake is 20km in length 5km in width. Mainly Mons are living
in this area. Some tribes are involved in anti-government activities
and many areas are off limits to tourists.
The scenery around the lake is beautiful
and peaceful. Also you can observe the local people's lives.
The main attractions are: - "one-legged" fishermen
who control boats with one leg and use their hands for thowing
fishing nets; floating vegetable fields on the lake.
The tourist center town is Nyaung Shwe,
Shwe Nyaung (a different
town - don't confuse with Nyaung Shwe) is
about 10km N from Nyaung Shwe, it is the main transport junction
and is on the main highway between Thazi and Taunggyi.
Taunggyi. the Shan state capitol, is 28km NE from Nyaung Shwe.
Kalow : 55km W from Shwe Nyaung is the main base for hill tribe
Pickup truck from Shwe Nyaung entering Nyaung Shwe from N.
You can see the market on the left side(East). Many budget accommodation
is W from the market and many upper class hotels can be found
E from the market.
Entrance fee: to Inle Lake US$3. Pay at MTT in Nyaung
Shwe or at GH before you hire a boat. The ticket is valid for