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You could say that Inle Lake’s huge reputation belies its relatively compact dimensions. Measuring just 13.5 miles long and seven miles wide, it is a relative tiddler by Asian standards. Nevertheless, the placid body of water—in tandem with the beautiful Shan State mountains that enclose it—is one of Myanmar’s prime spots to get away from it all. The rest of Shan State is no less alluring, with some of the country's most spectacular scenery and a fascinating ethnic mash-up.
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Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
AFAR note: map would not let me point to location of photo, it is: Indein, Inle Lake, Myanmar. Mountain biking around the sublime setting of Inle Lake was something I've wanted to do for years and was far more incredible than I'd imagined. The...
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Shan, Myanmar (Burma)
For a true taste of local culture in Myanmar's portion of the Golden Triangle, the central market in Kyaingtong is a colourful hub of commerce. It plays host to a mix of tribal people from the hills, fresh and unusual produce and delicious dining...