One of the most picturesque spots in Southeast Asia, Inle Lake and surrounding region is an outstanding alternative to the historical sites of Bagan and Mandalay. Surrounded by hazy Blue Mountains, this lovely lake is home to the Intha people, who constructed villages on stilts over the surface of the lake and farm floating islands created from mud and reed. It is a kind of water world, where the only mode of transportation is by boats and the Intha are also known for their unique leg rowing. At Inle Lake, one that attracts the Buddhist and non-buddhist alike is the Phaungdawoo Pagoda, the residence of five ancient images of Buddha. Although Inle Lake and the leg-rowers are the most famous attraction in the region, there’s more.