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Visit Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar located in central Myanmar. The 22-km long lake is 800 m above sea level and is enriched with a lush ecosystem of flora and fauna. Be captivated by this pristine, untouched natural lake surrounded by mountain ranges that create a picturesque view.

It is a paradise for photographers who can take some of the best shots of their lifetime. Several villages have developed beside the lake. Interact with the locals, explore the natural environment or simply ride a boat on the lake – you will be spoilt for choices when you visit this lake.

Things To Do

SAKAR VILLAGE

The village is a site for Myanmar’s Community Based Tourism (CBT), an innovative idea where tourists get to stay at a local village and experience a simple life. Here, you can stay at a galvanised zinc roofed two-story building with wooden planks making up most of its interior. This building can accommodate up to 16 visitors. Construction for a new building is underway at present which has a bamboo roof and wooden floors to provide a traditional vibe. The entrance fee is only USD 3.

FIVE-DAY MARKET

Situated in the Ywama Village, you will get to witness how the locals sell and buy items on boats when you visit this village. The market got its name due to the market’s routine of rotating between 5 different locations over a period of 5 days. You will be pleased by the charming local products from different tribes and clans from the mountains. This colourful market displays an array of good and harvests like longyis, lacquerware, bags, tomatoes, eggplants, betel and cheroots.

LOTUS WEAVING

Inle Lake is famous for its lotus-weaving works and products. At Inle Lake, you will get to observe the process of this rare craft that is still practised by the villagers, mostly old women. Watch how lotus fibres are extracted skilfully, rolled and turned into long threads and submerged into water to absorb moisture. The threads are transformed into lotus silk using a hand-turned wheel and then sent to be coloured with natural dye materials. The end result is the beautiful silk-woven products sold in markets.

SILVERSMITH/BLACKSMITH

Gold and silver wares are Myanmar’s long-practiced traditions. For generations, villagers in Ywama have been producing top quality and intricately designed gold and silver wares to be sold to tourists as gifts, daily tools and exquisite accessories. You can also visit Se Khong village to witness how blacksmiths make knives and farming tools from scratch. These tools are sold at the Five-day Market around Inle.

Did You Know?

Inle Lake has a unique cuisine that is  created by mainly using fresh produce found in the lake. The cuisine is quite different from what is found in the rest of the country.

Pagodas

ALO TAW PAUK PAGODA

 

This beautiful pagoda is located in Nampan Village near the Nyaung Shwe Township. It was one of the 84000 pagodas built by Thiri Dhamma Thawka and was known as Innphaya Pagoda initially. The pagoda has an interesting history to its credit. Today it has 8 gold statues, 15 silver statues and 7 pyis jewels. You cannot help but be awed at this marvellous structure.

SHWE INDEIN PAGODA

 

A pagoda which you should definitely visit when you are at Inle Lake is Shwe Indein Pagoda. There is a Buddha image placed in a white-washed stupa in this pagoda. Below the stupa, you will find hundreds of these stupas close to hundreds of years old. This pagoda is in Idein Village and it takes a 5 kilometres boat ride to reach this place from Ywama Village. The boat ride itself will take you through Inle Lake and enable you to explore the best of the lake.

PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA

 

Shan is renowned as a prominent religious site to Buddhist devotees and villagers, and this pagoda is one of the holiest sites in Shan state. Thousands of tourists and locals flock this area each year to visit the shrine that houses 5 ancient golden Buddha statues. Join the villagers in one of the best pagoda festivals here where more than 20 villages participate in leg-rowing competitions, dance and musical performances.

KAKKU PAGODA

 

Kakku Pagoda is well-known throughout Asia as one of the largest and spectacular wonders. There are 2,400 stupas with origins that date back to many centuries ago. This historical religious site is 53 kilometres from Taunggyi, the capital city of Shan State. The entrance fee is USD 3 per person.

Entry Fee To Popular Destinations

Place Fees
Inle Lake Zone Fee
USD 10
Kakku pagoda USD 3
Pindaya cave USD 3
Sakar village USD 3