Top things to do in Inle Lake

Village in Inle Lake


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 centuries. The Apocalypse Now ambience evaporates somewhat when…
Buddhist Temple in Inle Lake

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 within the huge tiered pagoda are five ancient buddha images that …
Buddhist Temple in Inle Lake

Nga Hpe Kyaung (Jumping Cat Monastery)

On the western side of the lake, Nga Hpe Kyaung monastery is renowned for its jumping cats, trained to leap through hoops during the slow hours between scripture recitals. These days, there is little cat-leaping to …
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…
Village in Inle Lake

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 walkway leads uphill from the village to a complex of whitewashe…
Buddhist Stupa in Inle Lake

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 ornate stucco carvings of animals, devas and chinthe.For even bett…
Buddhist Stupa in Inle Lake

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 angles while others have been reconstructed. From the pagoda, th…
Buddhist Temple in Inle Lake

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, Shan-style buddha.
Village in Inle Lake


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 pretty village, with winding channels lined with tall teak ho…
Village in Inle Lake

Maing Thauk

Half of the village of Maing Thauk is set on dry land, while the other half sits on stilts over the water, linked to the shore by a 450yd wooden bridge. You can continue walking uphill to a peaceful forest monastery…