Fishermen of Inle Lake

One of the most picturesque sights of our trip was our day on Inle Lake where we had the chance to watch the Intha people fishing. At the beginning I considered their movements very awkward, but after watching them for a while I realised how graceful they were as it was such a physically difficult thing to do and that I was watching masters. For a small fee, the Fishermen happily demonstrated their unique way of fishing on Inle Lake. First they hit the water with their oar to make the fish reveal themselves around the reeds. Then they stand at the very front of their narrow teak canoes to see down into the water. While standing on one leg and one hand holding the tall conical fishing net high in the air they slowly maneuver the boat towards the fish by paddling with the other hand and other leg wrapped around the long oar. Once close enough, they drop he conical shaped net in the water above the fish and push the frame down with their feet, trying to trap the fish inside. I watched, mesmerized as they steered and glided through thick plants of the lake like, balanced on one leg with total ease.

We watched as the fishermen demonstrated their skills as the sun slowly set over the lake. It was a beautiful sight. I had goosebumps.

Fishermen of Inle Lake


2 thoughts on “Fishermen of Inle Lake

    1. I am glad you liked it. I highly recommend going if the opportunity comes up. Burma is a truly fantastic place to travel and now is really the time to go. I cannot wait to head back. Thanks for stopping by.

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