Where: INLE‘Located in the remote mountainous region of Shan State, a cool 900 meters above sea level, gorgeous Inle Lake is one of the ‘must see ’sights of Myanmar. As Myanmars’ second largest lake its enchanting tranquil waters stretch over 220sq meters and are boarded by the 2,000-meter-high Shan Mountains. Home to a rich diversity of ethnic groups and cultures the lakes festivals, unique floating gardens, markets, temples and stilt houses are a wonderful attraction and definitely should be visited by all.’
The Tour: Inle By BoatInle Lake is one of the most magical places in Myanmar, with hundreds of years of history behind it. At 9am you will be met at your hotel on the lake by our guide in a local boat to begin your day of adventure. Amongst the sights you will visit are the 5-day floating market: so-called as it migrates from one rustic lakeside village to another on a five-day rota system, which market takes place which day is more than a little complicated, since market days don’t correspond to days of the week or even particular dates, but your trusty guide will check this for you. Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda: A notable Buddhist Pagoda on the lake as it houses five small gilded images of Buddha, which have been covered in gold leaf to the point that their original forms cannot be seen. Nga Hpe Kyaung monastery or ‘Jumping Cat Monastery’: Situated on the West side of the lake it was named due to its jumping cats, trained to leap through hoops during the slow hours between scripture recitals, although few of these remain, it is famous for its collection of ancient buddha images. You will also have the opportunity to visit local workshops such as silversmiths, silk weavers, and cigar makers and see how product takes place on the lake. Most impressively you will witness the local way of life of the Inthar people, who live here. You can watch local fisherman, rowing one legged, visit the floating gardens, and pass by villages made entirely on the lake. For lunch, you will stop at a local restaurant to enjoy some of the days local catches from the lake, before continuing your exploration in the afternoon. You will be dropped off at your hotel as the sun begins to set at around 5pm.