By Crystal Chung @crystalkchung

MEET the Intha fishermen of Inle Lake in Myanmar, who still use an age old technique for catching fish in the shallow water

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The fishermen are a much-loved symbol of the Inle Lake with the men in the region learning how to fish at a young age

Using just one leg to balance on the front of the boat, these skilful fishermen use the other leg to guide their conical nets through the freshwater lake.

The Burmese fishermen have mastered the unusual technique of paddling with one leg

The skilled technique means the traditional fishermen can stand and look out for reeds in the water and also keep both hands free.

The Intha fishermen of Inle Lake still use an age old technique for catching fish in the shallow water

Shot by 32-year-old IT technician, Nuttawut Jaroenchai, the series of breathtaking images show the Burmese fishermen mastering the unusual technique just before dawn as they catch the fish that is later sold at markets.

The people of Inle Lake also known as the Intha people, live in four cities bordering the lake

Jaroenchai said: “This unique style evolved for the reason that the lake is covered by reeds and floating plants, making it difficult to see above them while sitting.

“Standing provides the rower with a view beyond the reeds. However, the leg rowing style is only practiced by the men.

"Women row in the customary style, using the oar with their hands, sitting cross legged at the stern.”

Inle Lake is the second-largest in Burma and the fishermen have drawn in many tourists

The fishermen are a much-loved symbol of the Inle Lake, with the region’s men learning how to fish at the age of thirteen and retiring at around seventy-five-years-old.

The people of Inle Lake, also known as the Intha people, live in four cities bordering the water, in numerous small villages along the lake's shores, and on the lake itself.

Their day in the lake starts just before dawn to catch fish that is later sold at markets Inle Lake

Inle Lake is the second-largest in Burma and the fishermen have drawn in many tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of the Intha men in action.

Sadly, the fishermen’s way of life is under threat as the lake is becoming smaller due to floating garden agriculture and silt washed down from slash and burn techniques in the surrounding hills.

Nuttawat said: “It is such a pity that just a few fishermen are still fishing using this traditional technique.”

Photographer Jaroenchai said: “It is such a pity that just a few fishermen are still fishing using this traditional technique.

“This inspired me to take the photos because younger generations don’t use this method to fish anymore, but they still teach it to younger generations.”

Many fishermen of the lake have now reverted to using motorboats and vast netting

Many of the lake's fishermen have now reverted to using motorboats and vast netting, just like the modern methods used by the majority of fishermen in Asia.