In the Shan region of Myanmar, a large and still quite wild area in the east central part of the country, Lake Inle nestles in a long valley where a variety of hill tribes co-exist on the shores – and in the middle – of this shallow fresh water lake.
You can fly into Heho, 35km from the lake, from Mandalay or Yangon, or take the long scenic route by land. That route is invariably full of surprises, not all of them good ones, but you will never be bored.
As this region of Burma/Myanmar is well off the beaten [...]
If you look in Lonely Planet’s Rough Guide to Asia, the guide doesn’t mention Burma anywhere. Burma, in this instance, is referred to as Myanmar and is found listed after Mongolia.
Mark Farmaner, Burma Campaign UK director, said “You can often tell where sympathies lie depending on which name is used. If they refer to it as Myanmar, it’s an indication that a country is sympathetic towards the regime. Mark Farmaner also went on to say that he doesn’t really think it matters what people call it and that it’s the abuse of human rights that really matters.
“There isn’t [...]