The 'Thanga Thé', Traditional Inle Lake Fishermen.

June 09, 2013  •  3 Comments

We arrived in Nyaungshwe after a 13 hour bus ride from Yangon as we wanted to get to know and do a short story on the Taunyu and Pha Oo people living in its surroundings. Nyaungshwe is known for its massive & beautiful lake (Inle Lake) which is home of the 'Thanga Thé' fishermen. The 'Thanga Thé' are distinct because of the way they fish and specially row their motor-less longboats. Their very unique technique consists of rowing using only one leg, making a swift and elegant sway of the oar across the water. We woke up before sunrise, jumped on a motor boat and went on the search for these fishermen to see how they glided across the lake while looking to catch the day's fish which they then sell to locals in the nearby villages. The elegant manner in which these skilled men stand on their shallow vessels is very reminiscent to Venice’s Gondolas. It is definitely a sight to see and remarkable that even today this traditional way of fishing still is very active here today.


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3.Dörthe Eickelberg(non-registered)
Beautiful. We want more!
2.Lawrence Rich(non-registered)
Incredible photos!
1.Nancy Orban(non-registered)
Wonderful chronicle, Reuben. Thanks for sharing.
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