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Inle Lake is a large, very shallow fresh water lake in the hills of the Shan Division of Myanmar. A large number of the Intha people live on the lake, on houses on stilts above the water. They collect clumps of floating vegetation into small islands (usually strips a meter or two wide and several meters long), pen them in with bamboo poles so they won't leave, cover them in dirt, and grow stuff on them. It's particularly surreal to be boating down a main thoroughfare and watch the tomato plants lining the channel bob about in the boat wake. The center of town reminded me somewhat of Venice - a controlled chaos of long boats, with heaps of tourists eating and admiring temples.

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Last modified: 2008-05-17 by giles