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endurance-inle-lakeInle Lake, the shallow and cold lake in eastern Myanmar, has supported numerous cultural traditions throughout the centuries, some of whom actually made there homes in the waters of the lake itself.  These standing (sometimes called floating) villages have endured to this day.  Despite the nearby town of Nyaung Shwe transforming into a dozens of blocks of pun-named hotels, these villages still seem to go about their lives as as they have for years.

Changes have come in the visible forms of power lines and signs advertising food and drinks to foreign visitors on stilted restaurants.  Yet, the villages accept and adapt, one of the residents telling me that the influx of tourism has provided her the money to attend university, one of the first in her village to do so.

Benjamin Williams

Hi all, my name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in archaeology and writing, pursuing a career in the latter. However, I never quite lost that fascination for archaeological theory. For the past 11 years, I’ve been living and travelling between Asia, Europe, and North America, documenting ancient sites and the peoples who built them, and then adapting them into practical archaeological travel information at

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