The people and place Inle Lake Myanmar (Part 1 of 7)
Inle Lake shimmering in the early morning sunlight like some precious ghostly jewel. It is a place like no other with its crystal clear and icy calm waters, it fishermen, along with its many lake side towns, pagodas and stupas. I have read some really inane comments on Trip Advisor, some suggesting that Inle is nothing special and is just like many other lakes around the world, the other that the one legged fishermen don’t really fish that way anymore and its now a tourist gimmick. Well they are both wrong. This is not Disneyland, or a circus, its magical place that was closed to the outside world for many many years. Yes there are those who will perform for the tourist dollar, but the fishermen of Inle still fish in the traditional manner, you just have to venture onto the lake proper early in the morning to see them and not just stop at the mouth of the lake. Life is very much lived on and around the lake with its floating gardens, fishermen and the continuous too and fro of boats carrying an array of cargo and people .This is one on the most magical and unique landscapes on earth so if you are going to travel half way around the globe to see it use a bit of common sense, do some research to get the most from your trip. Chances are you will only ever visit this place once in a lifetime so give it the attention, time and respect it deserves and you will be richly rewarded. I would put it at the top of my top five places i have visited in the world, in fact it is most out of this world, glowing as it does in another worldly silvery light. Enjoy and go soon as i cannot imagine it will stay as untainted by the outside world for much longer now that Myanmar is opening up to the outside world. How long before the big hotels spoil the whole place?