Inle Lake Images { 12 images } Created 13 Mar 2012

Inle Lake - is a freshwater body of water located near the Nyaungshwe in Shan State, and the second largest lake in Myanmar with an estimated surface are of 45 square miles. During the dry season, the average water depth is only 7 feet or 2 meters but during the rainy season this can increase by 5 feet (1.5 m). The watershed area for the lake is to a large extent to the north and west of the lake. There is a hot spring on its northwestern shore.
Although not a large lake, there are a number of species of birds. Over nine species of fish are found nowhere else in the world. The people of Inle Lake are called the Intha who live in four villages bordering the lake and on the lake itself. The population consists predominantly of Intha, with a mix of other Shan, Taungyo, Pa-O, Danu, Kayah, Danaw and Bamar ethnicities. Most live in simple houses of wood and woven bamboo on stilts and are largely self-sufficient farmers.
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