Inle Lake is a budget backpacker’s dream. With stunning, beautiful, landscapes, backpacker-friendly pricing, this is a popular spot with foreigners. Yes, there’s the main tourist area; yes, many tourists take the typical boat tour across the lake. But, if you are willing to rent a bicycle and take off in whichever direction you feel like, you won’t be disappointed. You’ll find farmers using water buffalo to plow their fields, women with wide-brimmed hats planting seeds, quiet villages along the lake and temples with only a few local people in them; with mountains and a lake as the backdrop. Yes, this is one amazing area.