Floating Market

Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)

This is a market that runs five days a week and changes location or “floats” around the lake to different villages. It’s a big tourist attraction, but also provides access to a market for people who live around Inle Lake. Here you’ll find unusual spices, herbs, fish, fruits, and vegetables as well as local crafts, food stalls, and flowers. People come from all over Shan State to sell their goods and you’ll probably spot Pa’O women here. Pa’O people are recognized by their black dress and colorful turbans and come to the market to sell thenapet tree leaves, onions, garlic, and chili.

Rhiannon Taylor traveled on Abercrombie & Kent’s Myanmar & the Irrawaddy tour as part of AFAR’s partnership with the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more on Rhiannon’s journey, visit the USTOA blog.

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