Is 7 miles wide at its widest and 14 miles long. It is surrounded by high grassy hills where many of the tribes live. The Lake is very shallow. The Phaung Daw Oo Paya is one of the most revered sites in Burma and there is a very famous festival in October when the Buddhas from the temple are taken around the Lake in huge open barges.
You will be able to visit floating markets where the Lake tribes, the Intha people mingle with the hill tribes. Many of the buildings including the hospital are on the Lake and access is by long boat, driven by one of the very competent local boatmen. Nyaung Shwe is the main town on the northern end of the Lake, where if you are working in Shan we would expect you to base yourself due to the facilities available – not least of which is a wonderful, cheap spa!