Inle Lake is a stunning and calm freshwater lake that lies 900 meters above sea level. It is surrounded by the rolling high hills of the Shan Plateau where the fertile valleys are inhabited by colorful mountain tribes, whilst the marshlands attract many rare species of birds. What makes this destination extraordinary is the way in which the local Intha people have made the lake their home. There the numerous villages that have been constructed on woven bamboo stilts over the water, and several floating gardens of water hyacinth that have been cultivated on the silt of the lake. This is the location where you can observe the fascinating tradition of leg-rowing in which the Intha males wrap one leg around their oar and use it as a paddle to move their boats along.

Highlights

  • Boat Ride
  • Floating Gardens
  • Fishing Villages
  • Colourful Traditional Markets

 Places to stay

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Inle Lake View

Hotel Style: Resort

The very elegant Inle Lake View Resort is ideally located on the western bank of the Inle Lake.  See Hotel

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Inle Princess Resort

Hotel Style: Resort

Built in traditional style the Inle Princess Resort is one of the best resorts in the region.  See Hotel

Exerior view of Inle Lake Resort & Spa, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Inle Resort & Spa

Hotel Style: Resort

The Inle 'Eco'-Resort & Spa is ideally situated on the shores of Inle Lake, 1hr drive from Heho Airport followed by a 20min boat ride from Nyaung Shwe town.  See Hotel

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Pristine Lotus Spa Resort

Hotel Style: Resort

Located 45mins from Heho Airport, the Pristine Lotus Spa Resort is the latest addition to Inle's lakeside resorts, featuring a nearby natural spa (hot spring) and 49 high-quality designer accommodations.  See Hotel

Outside view of Thanakha Hotel in Inle Lake, Myanmar

The Thanakha

Hotel Style: Heritage

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Villa Inle Resort and Spa

Hotel Style: Resort

Built in 2008, the Villa Inle Resort and Spa has a stunning location on the lakeside, with breathtaking views of Inle Lake in front and the Shan Mountain Range in the background.  See Hotel

 Things to do

En Route Drive Highlights-Pindaya Caves

Visit and explore the 300 year old Pindaya caves containing over 8,000 Buddha images. Take short treks to the surrounding Danu, Pa-O, Palaung and Taung-Yo villages; explore the myriad offerings at local markets on market days.

City Highlights of Inle Lake

Enjoy boat and canoe rides on the Inle Lake. Marvel at the floating gardens, fishing villages and daily activities…all on water. Visit the imposing PhaungDaw U Pagoda with its 5 gold covered Buddha statues. Enjoy interesting excursions to colorful traditional markets, villages and work-shops in the surrounding areas.

Half Day Trip to Indein Village

Set out on a half day trip to Indein..one of the small villages in the west of Ywama Village of Inle Lake area on its western bank..entered via a narrow, foliage-mantled winding creek where the jungle grows increasingly dense. Visit a cluster of incredibly atmospheric-ruined pagodas overlooking Inle Lake..namely Nyaung Ohak, housing crumbling stupas with ornate stucco carvings, and Shwe Inn Thein Pagoda, a complex of 1054 weather-worn pagodas. See the Buddha image enshrined in a whitewashed stupa on a hill summit. These temples resemble the Khmer style, and date back to 17th and 18th century Shan period. On either side of the creek are paddy fields..see farmers plough and harrow with water buffaloes.

Cycling Around Inle Lake

An ASEAN heritage site, a prospective World heritage site and wildlife sanctuary, the magical, beautiful, azure Inle Lake lies ringed by the mist-shrouded Shan Hills..seemingly changing hues with every position of the sun. Enjoy a Half/Full Day bicycle exploraton around the iconic Inle Lake with several sights clustered around the lake edges..pass hilly mountains, vegetable farms, paddy fields, canals; see hot springs, colourful tribal markets and stilted houses. The Intha..who migrated here from southern Myanmar, built entire stilt villages on the lake and amazing ‘floating’ gardens to grow their crops..marvel at Intha fishermen who row flat-ended canoes with one leg while catching fish in conical baskets with their bare hands.

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