The watery world of Inle Lake, where mountains tumble down towards the lakeshore, is a highlight of Burma. Heaven on earth for many travellers, the floating farms, stilted villages and crumbling stupas are to be savoured. While away the days canoeing, cycling or walking through the lush countryside while the people of the lake, known as the Intha, go about their daily business. The population of 70,000 Intha people live in numerous small villages along the shore and on the lake itself. Devout Buddhists, they are self-sufficient farmers who live in simple houses of wood and woven bamboo stilts. Famous for their unique style of rowing, standing with one leg on their small rowboats and the other leg wrapped around the oar, the Intha people themselves are one of the star attractions.