Cultural in Inle Lake

Phaung Daw Oo Paya Festival

Inle comes alive during late September or early October for the 18-day Phaung Daw Oo Paya Festival at Phaung Daw Oo Paya. The five revered golden Buddha images from the pagoda are ferried around the lake in a gilded…
Cultural in Pindaya

Shwe Oo Min Paya Pwe

The main annual paya pwe (pagoda festival) at Shwe Oo Min takes place on the full moon of Tabaung (February/March). Expect all the usual singing, dancing and hand-operated fairground rides.
Cultural in Kyaingtong

Water Festival

Kyaingtong's big Buddhist calendar event, when everyone gets a dousing, including visitors.
Cultural in Taunggyi

Fire Balloon Festival

Taunggyi holds a huge and chaotic fire balloon festival every October or November as part of the full moon celebrations during Tazaungmon (the eighth month of Myanmar's lunar calendar). Hundreds of multicoloured, di…
Cultural in Kyaingtong

Chinese New Year

Kyaintong’s large Chinese community celebrate the Chinese New Year in late January or early February with the usual firecracker-charged festivities.