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Floating Gardens, Taunggyi

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One of the region's most iconic sites, Floating Gardens provide sustenance and livelihood for a significant portion of the local Intha people. Made from compressed masses of hyacinth flowers and other aquatic plants, these fertile gardens rest atop the surface of Inle Lake and allow for the cultivation of tomatoes, beans, and other vegetables. Take a boat ride on the lake to see the gardens rising and falling with the water level, making them resistant to floods. As you explore, you'll pass huts and homes on stilts, and get a chance to see the surrounding mountain scenery from a different perspective. By using our Taunggyi trip planner , you can arrange your visit to Floating Gardens and other attractions in Taunggyi.
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  • Wow! what other way is there to manage your agriculture on Lake Inle than by creating amazing floating gardens. We visited these on our boat tour and saw first hand where the local produce is grown an...  more »
  • My wife and I enjoyed a half day trip on the lake for about 10 dollars. What a deal, so much fun. The trip includesthe floating gardens, floating villages, restaurants, shops, and many sights. This is...  more »
  • Very nice visit to boat to discover these cultures, enjoy lunch with the locals and visit the local crafts
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  • Inle Lake is a freshwater lake located in the Nyaungshwe Township of Taunggyi District of Shan State, part of Shan Hills in Myanmar (Burma). It is the second largest lake in Myanmar and one of the highest. Although the lake is not large, it contains a number of endemic species. Over twenty species of snails and nine species of fish are found nowhere else in the world. The people of Inle Lake (called Intha), some 70,000 of them, live in four cities bordering the lake, in numerous small villages along the lake's shores, and on the lake itself. The entire lake area is in Nyaung Shwe township. The population consists predominantly of Intha, with a mix of other Shan, Taungyo, Pa-O, Danu, Kayah, Danaw and Bamar ethnicities. Most are devout Buddhists, and live in simple houses of wood and woven bamboo on stilts; they are largely self-sufficient farmers. Transportation on the lake is traditionally by small boats, or by somewhat larger boats fitted with single cylinder inboard diesel engines. Local fishermen are known for practicing a distinctive rowing style which involves standing at the stern on one leg and wrapping the other leg around the oar. This unique style evolved out of necessity as the lake is covered by reeds and floating plants, making it difficult to see above them while sitting. Standing provides the rower with a view beyond the reeds. However, the leg rowing style is only practiced by the men. Women row in the customary style, using the oar with their hands, sitting cross legged at the stern. A popular local dish is htamin gyin - 'fermented' rice kneaded with fish and/or potato - served with hnapyan gyaw (literally twice fried - Shan tofu). In addition to fishing, locals grow vegetables and fruit in large gardens that float on the surface of the lake. The floating garden beds are formed by extensive manual labor. The farmers gather up lake-bottom weeds from the deeper parts of the lake, bring them back in boats and make them into floating beds in their garden areas, anchored by bamboo poles. These gardens rise and fall with changes in the water level, and so are resistant to flooding. The constant availability of nutrient-laden water results in these gardens being incredibly fertile. Rice cultivation and consumption is also significant facet of the local diet and agricultural tradition.
  • A real pleasure to sail along the channels of these floating gardens... Especially after 5 days of trek to the discovery of the ethnic groups of the country shan. During this stay in this place is unfortunately limited but I'll stay well one or two more weeks to take advantage of this absolutely magical place...
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  • UNESCO, as the cheese variety womnathon A floating vegetable gardens is the wisdom of the lash because of flooding throughout, so no package, then the crops grown on the นืย tomato mopluk.
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  • Spectacular spot, for population and environment. A rural system fairly unique.
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  • Inle Lake, growing tomatoes in the water. Stop the ship's tour, is made to walk a precarious on the water. Quite as scary, but a boatman boy was demonstrated with a straight face.
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