Must see attractions in Inle Lake Region

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    Shwe Oo Min Natural Cave Pagoda

    Set high on a limestone ridge above Pone Taloke Lake, this winding complex of natural caves and tunnels is filled to bursting with buddha images in an…

  • Inthein

    A narrow, foliage-cloaked canal winds through the reeds to the lakeside village of Inthein (also known as Indein), dotted with stupas dating back a few…

  • Nga Hpe Kyaung

    On the western side of Inle Lake, Nga Hpe Kyaung monastery was once renowned for its jumping cats, trained to leap through hoops during the slow hours…

  • Yadana Man Aung Paya

    The oldest and most important Buddhist shrine in Nyaungshwe, this handsome gilded stupa is hidden away inside a square compound south of Mingala Market…

  • Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung

    This is probably the most photographed monastery in Nyaungshwe: the unique oval windows in the ancient teak thein (ordination hall) create a perfect frame…

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    Phaung Daw Oo Paya

    A wide channel leads south from Ywama to the village of Tha Lay and Phaung Daw Oo Paya, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. Enshrined…

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    Thaung Thut

    At the southern end of the lake, the village of Thaung Thut, about 1½ hours by boat from Nyaungshwe, holds an important market every five days. A long…

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    Myanmar Vineyard

    Located at Aythaya, 3 miles west of Taunggyi, this vineyard – the country's first – sits at an elevation of 4290ft on well-watered, limestone-rich soils,…

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    Nyaung Ohak

    Situated immediately behind Inthein village, this group of ruined stupas, known as Nyaung Ohak, is choked in greenery but you can still discern some…

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    Shwe Inn Thein Paya

    Shwe Inn Thein Paya is a complex of 1054 weather-beaten zedi (stupas), most constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries. Some of the zedi lean at crazy…

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    Yan Aung Nan Aung Hsu Taung Pye Paya

    In the village of Nanthe, this Buddhist temple complex features a 26ft-high sitting buddha surrounded by stucco deva (celestial beings) and chinthe (half…

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    Phwar Ya Thay Paya

    This interesting temple's name supposedly means 'Lady Monk', a reference to a previous female resident. Many stairs lead up to the pagoda; the reward is…

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    Hsin Khaung Taung Kyaung

    This gorgeous temple, with its carved teak panels dating back to the 19th century, is downhill from Shwe Oo Min on the dirt path to Pone Taloke Lake. The…

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    Alodaw Pauk Pagoda

    The main temple of Nampan village, Alodaw Pauk Pagoda is one of the oldest shrines on Inle Lake. Its whitewashed stupa enshrines a fabulous gem-encrusted,…

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    Shwe Phone Pye Paya

    This ridge-top temple to the south of town has dizzying views over Taunggyi and Inle Lake; a return trip by taxi here will cost about K10,000.

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    Christ the King Church

    Attractive, historic church that dates back to the colonial era and famously had the same priest for 69 years.

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    Shwe Oo Min Paya

    South of central Kalaw, this natural cave is home to dozens of gold buddha statues.

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    Hnee Paya

    This temple is home to a 500-year-old, gold-lacquered bamboo buddha.

  • Nampan

    The peaceful village of Nampan is built on stilts over the water. Its main temple, Alodaw Pauk Pagoda, is one of the oldest shrines on the lake, and the…

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    Ywama was the first village to be developed for tourism and, as a result, it has the greatest number of souvenir shops and restaurants. It’s still a very…