Inle Lake is a small lake in the highlands to the east of the Irrawaddy River, Burma's largest river which crosses the country from north to south. It is situated in the Shan State and its inhabitants do not belong to the Bamar, the main ethnic group of Burma. The development of mass tourism has brought some benefits to the local economy, but not to the fishermen and peasants who live in the southern parts of the lake and who see more and more fast boats full of tourists come to their villages. The surface of the lake is just 44 square miles during the rainy season and it diminishes every year.
Water lilies and bananas at dawn
Leg rowing fishermen (above) and weed harvesters (below)
Other fishermen (the image used as background for this page shows another fisherman)
Life in a river emptying into the lake near Indein: (left) men collecting mud used as fertilizer: (right) children (above) and a water buffalo (below) taking a bath
Statues of Buddha (in the Earth-touching position) at Nga Phe Kyaung Pagoda
Votive stupas (temples) built to gain spiritual benefits at Indein
Other votive stupas retaining parts of their decoration at Indein
Votive stupas about to be "restored" thus losing their evocativeness at Indein
Phaung Daw U Pagoda
Believers applying gold leaf on statues of Buddha at Phaung Daw U Pagoda
Votive stupas near Phaung Daw U Pagoda
Preparations for the Phaung Daw U Festival
Phaung Daw U Festival: the main boat moors at the pagoda
You may wish to compare Inle Lake with Tonle Sap, a lake in Cambodia.