An Intha leg rowing fisherman

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Inle Lake is a freshwater lake located in the Nyaungshwe Township, in the heart of the Shan Plateau, Myanmar (Burma). It is a beautiful highland lake, 900 meters above sea level. The lake is 22km long and 10km across, and inhabited by many different ethnic nationals of the area. Local fishermen (Intha people) are unique for their leg rowing style which involves standing at the stern on one leg and wrapping the other leg around the oar. This unique style evolved for the reason that the lake is covered by reeds and floating plants making it difficult to see above them while sitting. Standing provides the rower with a view beyond the reeds.

The cone-shaped nets are made from bamboo or cane and have a small net inside and are opened at the top.

Inle Lake, Nyaungshwe Township, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

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