Over hundreds of years they’ve built rafts of floating lake weed (4 feet thick) and grow vegetables on them. 60% of Myanmar tomatoes come from here, for example.
The small towns are built on stilts. The poor build the homes out of bamboo which only last 5 years.
Here’s a tour of the village of Paung Daw Oo. The people have the same name. The video ends with an excellent view of the floating fields. Plus two young kids rowing with their feet!
Lotus and silk weaving are a principle occupation of the village women
Separating the threads looked hard. Mesmerizing, she had a magnetic grace
There’s a festival on dry land close by. 5 small Buddha statues are taking the annual tour of all 37 lake villages. Monks and locals apply a little gold leaf and over the centuries have become amorphous shapes
For more on this place go here: Inle Lake Wiki