Inle Lake is 13 miles long and 7 miles wide. It is the largest fresh water lake in the country, serves as home to thousands of fisher-folks and farmers, monks, artisans and crafts people, families with children/students as well as one of Burma’s main tourist destinations. The diversity of sights more than satisfies any visitor from huge sprawling merchandise markets, silversmith shops, monasteries, unique bamboo houses built on stilts, fish nets made in the round, boats rowed by feet, loud and speeding long tail speedboats.