Myanmar: Inle Lake

Located in northern Myanmar, Inle Lake is a stunning lake surrounded by mountains and inhabited by mostly Shan and Burmese people. Since opening its borders to tourism, Myanmar has exploded as a hot location for many tourists, but this nation still struggles with employing a democratic system where a government-run one used to be. Strides are currently being made to open diplomatic doors, but only time will tell how lasting any changes will be. The northern region is still embroiled in an internal conflict with many Karen villages over land rights. Northern Myanmar is a mineral and metal rich region known for its rubies and sapphires. To learn more about the conflict, please visit:

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