A fisherman exhibits the one-leg rowing technique almost idiosyncratic to the region of Lake Inle in western Shan State. Such technique is said to provide a better observation of the distant land, fish or hyacinth, as well as alleviation of fatigue from upper arms.

 

A perfectly idyllic setting, the 22km-long body of water establishes itself as an unique ecosystem dotted with numerous islands, wetlands, canals, floating gardens, water villages, floating markets, golden pagodas, monasteries, fishing boats...

Daily life is revolving around water, as locals use flat-bottom boats to navigate through the labyrinth of canals (above) surrounding their home, and cross bridges between patches of land (below).

 

Motor boats have broken the tranquility of the lake by providing a network of freight and ferry service from dawn to dusk (above). While the long-term environmental impact has yet to be seen, the immediate benefit to the local economy is obvious. More local produce are able to be shipped outside of the region or even the country, and industrial products are easier to reach the villages. Shuttling tourists is particularly lucrative, and ad-hoc refuelling stations like this one (below) naturally share the economic pie.