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Myanmar’s biggest minority

The Shan people, also known as the Dai or Tai Yai, are a Tai ethnic group of Southeast Asia. Primarily live in the Shan Hills, but also inhabit parts of Kachin State and Kayin State, and in adjacent regions of China (Dai people), Laos, Assam (Ahom people) and Thailand. ‘Shan’ is a generic term for all Tai-speaking peoples within Myanmar. The Shan are traditionally wet-rice cultivators, shopkeepers, and artisans.

Intha people

The Intha (sons of the lake) are members of a Tibeto-Burman ethnic group living around Inle Lake. There are around 100,000 to 200,000 Intha. The Intha believe their ancestors arrived from the southern tip of Tanintharyi Region. A commonly held theory is that the Intha fled from southern Myanmar during the 14th century; the ruling Shan saophas forbade them from settling on the land, which forced the Intha to instead settle on Inle Lake.


Opportunity for Communers to participate in community driven ecological conservation and restoration projects in Shan Hills region.
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