We visited Lake Inle during the Phaung Daw U festival. Basically, it’s an 18-day festival where golden Buddha statues are taken around the lake in a special boat, which is pulled by teams of men who row with their legs instead of their arms. It’s all really nice, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it again.
(Above) During each day of the festival, the Buddha statues are brought to a different Pagoda on Lake Inle. Men continually wrap small robes, or put pieces of gold leaf on the Buddha statues. They take the small robes back for the Buddha shrines they have in their own homes. The gold leaf builds up over time, until the statues are unrecognizable.