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What to Do in Shan State

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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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Kalaw, Myanmar (Burma)
On a recent visit to Kalaw, Myanmar, I began a trek at sunrise with my affable local guide. We hiked along rolling mountains cloaked in green brush, maneuvering around colorful flower bushes that every so often blocked our path. The cloud-speckled...
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Nyaungshwe, Myanmar (Burma)
On the Western side of Inle Lake, Intha villages make all kinds of sweet treats. Visit to watch locals pull, mold, fry, bake, and dry their edible crafts, and then taste test the final products. Ranging from chewy, sugary candies to flaky,...
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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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Hsipaw, Myanmar (Burma)
We boarded the train in the old Shan capital of Hsipaw, Myanmar, finding our wooden bench seats from which we watched the countryside slip by. The train tracks were laid over a hundred years ago and the train seems not much younger, with peeling...
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Kaung Daing Village Nyaung Shwe Township Southern Shan State Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
A visit to the local 5-day rotating farmer's market - where the hill tribes like the PaO people do their shopping - is something not to be missed at Inle Lake in Myanmar. Enjoy flattened rice cakes and juice directly out of the coconut while...
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Haw Gone Qtr, Taunggyi, Myanmar (Burma)
As we were making our transfer to Inle Lake in Myanmar in 2005 we drove by an obvious vineyard on a hillside. we asked the driver to turn around and drive up to the winery to see if they would let us do a tasting. the people were very friendly and...
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Indochina
Traveling in Myanmar on lake Inle we took a boat up a side channel from the lake to the remote site of the Indein Pagodas... some are covered in vegetation others in gold. Three monks visiting the site shared their joy of the beautiful day and...
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Hsipaw, Myanmar (Burma)
The "overnight" bus dropped me off at 3 am in the quiet town of Hsipaw, Myanmar. The hotels were locked up for the night, and the tea shops (in which I often took refuge) wouldn't be open for another hour. It was so dark I could barely see my own...
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Nyaungshwe, Myanmar (Burma)
The Inle Lake area has some fine hotels but Viewpoint Lodge is the only luxury property in the town of Nyaung Shwe. The hotel is conveniently located on the outskirts of the town, on the river for easy access to boats, and on the rode that...
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Indochina
Inle Lake in Burma offers many choices for visitors to the area. A floating market, floating vegetable gardens and the famous one legged rowing fishermen are among the most frequent activities but dig a bit deeper and find some additional gems....
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Indochina
My long boat glided across the mirrored water, I entered Inle Lake as though crossing the threshold of time into an ancient place. Fishing men balance their nets casting into the lush waters that house an ancient water borne culture. The floating...
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Myanmar (Burma), Nyaungshwe, No. 88, Phaung Daw Pyan Street, Win Quarter邮政编码: 11221
We were there for the beginning of the remarkable Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival on Inle Lake - which takes place at the beginning of October (depending on a Buddhist calendar) It was a privilege to be part of such an auspicious occasion. Our boat...
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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...