Located at 885 meters above sea level, Inle Lake is a never-ending surprise. You will cruise around this breath-taking lake and will soon understand why this place is like no other you have seen before – and, undoubtedly, different from the rest of the country. The lake offers both cultural interests with exciting visits and the beauty of an untouched natural landscape. Moreover, you will get to meet with the villagers of the lake. Silk, cigars, silver, or wood carvings are just a few of the many crafts produced around the lake.
Inle Lake: the life in a water world
Early birds and photo amateurs alike will be delighted by this fascinating destination. Nothing equals a sunrise on the lake surrounded by no one other than the fishermen catching fish before the lake gets crowded with boats. The best time to enjoy a tour out on the lake is probably early morning–just after sunrise, when the villages are slowly waking up with children going to school on wooden boats, farmers getting ready for a day in the floating gardens, and sellers reaching Nyaung Shwe or the morning market for their daily business.
The Art of fishing
You could actually be sailing all day long as the lake is more than a classic visit – it’s a whole atmosphere you get to delve into. The most special part being the narrow alleys of the gardens where your boat has to make its way through the eggplants and tomatoes floating around. But, what you expect the most to see is probably the fishermen–the true icons of the lake, paddling with one leg only, keeping their balance on the edge of their boat. No doubt you will run into them on your way to the famous “5-day morning market” where ethncities from all around the lake gather every morning. This nomad market changes location every day to allow all the people from the lake to attend it at least once a week. Later during the day, why not indulge in an authentic, local Burmese cultural experience and share a meal with a family in a house on the lake?
Sailing between the floating villages
You continue zigzagging on your long-tail boat and making some stops to get a closer look at Inle Lake’s religious heritage including Indein village–an exceptional stupa complex. A field of stupas from all shapes, colors, and sizes is surrounding an elevated pagoda. In the background, a thick bamboo forest will offer a good option for a walk under the shade. You will also visit the main pagoda of the lake – the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda – where 5 images of Buddha are preciously kept.
Your trip in Inle Lake will not be like any other as it perfectly blends stunning landscapes, cultural discoveries, friendly encounters with the local ethnicities, and local flavors, smells. It is most definitely a place to remember!
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- The floating gardens and fishing villages
- The leg-rowing Inthar fishermen
- Five-day rotating and floating market
- The wine tasting at Inle Lake’s vineyard restaurant
- Attend a silk and lotus weaving workshop
- From October to March
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Take to the skies for an unforgettable hot-air balloon ride over Inle Lake. Drift above floating gardens and houses on stilts, capturing a birds’-eye view of the lake as the sun rises over the surrounding mountains.
Destination: From Kalaw to Indein
All three days of this hike are through the glorious Burmese countryside and will be between four and five hours each day. You will on occasion feel as if you have moved back in time as you visit the unspoiled villages of the indigenous tribal people.