Situated nearly 900 meters above sea level, Inle (Inlay) Lake is naturally surrounded by high mountains. The name Inle has two meanings; small lake compared to the bigger one in northern Myanmar and Lay which means four, representing four villages that were the first settlements on the lake. The dwellers of those original villages, according to history, came from southern Myanmar where the Myanmar language is spoken with a strong dialect. Innthas as lake residents are called today, speak Myanmar with that same dialect.
Unique things on the lake include: single leg rowing, floating islands, and lotus weaving workshops that use the lotusfiber from lotus flower stems grown in the area.