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Markets around Inle Lake in Myanmar: pictures from the markets in Inthein and Nampan around Inle Lake. 

Market in Inthein, Inle Lake Inle in Myanmar
Market in Inthein on the west side of Inle Lake Inle in Myanmar.

The markets are the heart of the economic activity around Inle Lake. They are held in different villages depending on the day. There are 5 series of itinerant markets which rotate every fifth day:
A = Heho, Than Taung, Kyone, Taungto (way to Sagar), Nar Baung (way to Kakku), Loikaw
B = Taunggyi, Aungban, Floating Market (Inle)
C = Pwe Hla, Mine Thauth, Phaung Daw Oo, Kyauk Tine (way to Sagar), Pin Long
D = Shwe Nyaung, Kalaw, Khaung Dine, Indein, Maw Bi (way to Sagar), Phe Khone
E = Nyaug Shwe, Pindaya, Nampan (way to Sagar), Ham See (way to Kakku), Sagar.

In the largest land markets, the people of Inle lake, the so-called Intha, may find nearly everything: food - vegetables, fruits, fish, spices, poultry and so on -, fabrics, jewellery, decorative elements, handicrafts, tools, diesel, smithy, and everything they need for home or for work.The land markets are visited by both people from the lake and tribes from the neighbouring mountains.

Inle Lake market in Myanmar: jewellery
Jewelry on sale on the market of Inthein to the West of Inle Lake in Myanmar.

Inle Lake markets are also a tourist attraction. Some of them are more visited by tourists than the others. 

To the west of Inle Lake, the Inthein (Indain) market is a large, well-ordered market which is located near the pagoda of the same name. The Ywama market is a floating market that is crowded with tourists.

To the east, the Nampan market is very active and offers a wide range of goods. Markets in the south of the lake lie away from tourist traffic. To the north, Nyaung Shwe market takes place in a city where many backpackers stay. 

Inle Lake Market
Sculptures on sale in the market of Inthein to the west of Inle Lake in Myanmar.

Nampan market, Inle Lake (Myanmar)
Crowds at the Nampan market, Inle Lake (Myanmar).

Many people from the lake villages and the surrounding mountains go to the market of Nampan to the east of Inle Lake. It is a very active market.


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Myanmar > Pictures and travelogues > Handicrafts from Inle Lake

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