Coasting down the tranquil, sinewy waterways of Myanmar is one of the best routes to take in the country’s mysterious, rich culture at work, as daily life glides by. I have had the chance to visit Inle Lake on several occasions; a peaceful spot that definitely ranks as one of Myanmar’s must-sees. Due to its tourism draw, the once sleepy village of Nyaungshwe has been put on the map – in big bold letters – and is now something of a tourism center, with plenty of restaurants, hotels, and other tourism facilities to add convenience (and unfortunately remove some authenticity) to travelers’ experience in the region.

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