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 [...]
Myanmar is the 40th largest country in the world and it has an area of around 680,000 square kilometres. This makes it one of the largest countries in south-east Asia. Recent figures collected about a year ago suggest that there are 14 states in Burma which are divided further into 67 districts and over 300 townships.
Myanmar is bordered by Bangladesh, India, China, Thailand and Laos. It is also a coastal country and there are around 1200 miles of continuous coastline that border the Bay of Bengal. This stretch of coastal border makes up about a quarter of the total [...]