The Intha people are hard-working. Cigar-rolling and weaving are the women's work. One tradition says that the Intha people living on Lake Inle are the descendents of those who fled from Dawei, 800km to the South, in order to escape war during the 18th century. "Intha" means "Children of the Lake", and its language closely resembles Myanmar.
The people of Lake Inle, by childhood, are already veterans at swimming and boating.