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As a destination, we have to admit that Inle Lake delivers. On paper the lake is 13.5 miles long and 7 miles wide but up close it’s hard to tell where the water finishes and the marshes start. Most of the time the surface of the lake seems to perpetually resemble a vast silver sheet, one interspersed with stilt-house villages, island-bound Buddhist temples and floating gardens. Commuter and tourist motorboats and flat-bottomed skiffs navigate this watery world, the latter propelled by the unique Intha technique of leg rowing - in which one leg is wrapped around the paddle to drive the blade through the water in a snake-like motion - adding to the ephemeral aura.

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