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Lake Inle, Myanmar
At Myanmar's stunning Lake Inle, you'll see few foreigners these days. Dotted with floating gardens and teak temples, the lake is best explored by boat. Hire a canoe in Nyaung Shwe, the main town, and ask the boatman to skip the touristy cat-jumping monastery and silk-weaving shops and simply paddle around the stilt villages. Visit the outdoor markets, and watch the fishermen navigate the reedy waters, standing as they row, one leg wrapped around the rudder. For day hikes in the lush hills above Inle, hire a guide in town; to arrange longer treks, contact Yangon-based Good News Travels.
Where to stay: The fanciest digs on the lake are the overwater bungalows at the Inle Princess Resort.
When to go: During the Pagoda Festival, when villagers from surrounding towns flock to the lake for rowing races and other events (Oct. 926, 2010).
How to go: Heho, the gateway to Inle, is a one-hour flight from Yangon.
Inle Princess Resort
Tel: 95 81 29055