Inle Lake Holidays
Myanmar's second largest lake lies in a tranquil area of outstanding natural beauty and is one of the undoubted highlights of any trip to Myanmar. This unique wetland environment features idyllic stilt villages sitting on floating islands on the lake, colourful floating markets, flourishing floating gardens and fishermen who famously propel their boats with a distinctive leg-rowing technique.
The shallow waters of Inle Lake stretch for around 13 miles and are surrounded by resplendent rolling hills that tumble to the shore and ringed by small fishing villages inhabited by the native Intha people. Typical trips of the lake are usually by longtail boats and include visits to small craft workshops, stilted villages, markets and floating vegetable patches. The land for the floating gardens is formed through a collection of tangled water hyacinth, weeds and reeds which are then tied to the bottom of the lake with long bamboo poles. Perhaps the most iconic sight of Inle Lake its leg-rowing fishermen, who use traditional conical nets and propel themselves across the lake by wrapping one leg around an oar fixed to the stern of flat-bottomed canoes.
Nyangshwe, the main town of the Inle Lake area, has a number of Buddhist monasteries, including the 19th century Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery and the handsome gilded stupa of Yadana Man Aung Paya. The most important Buddhist monastery is Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda in the village of Tha Ley, while the lakeside village of Inthein has hundreds of ancient pagodas scatted amongst its fields and at Inle Wetland Bird Sanctuary you may see an array of herons, warblers, cormorants, wild ducks and egrets. The region is also a lovely place to while away the time canoeing, taking a leisurely cycle ride or simply walking through the lush countryside, before restoring your energy in the natural hot springs at Khaung Daing.
While Inle Lake may be rural, there are no shortage of restaurants where you can indulge in the delicious catch of the day, local Shan cuisine, Chinese dishes and even western-style specialities including pancakes and pasta.
- Serenely picturesque
- Floating villages
- Colourful floating markets
- Leg-rowing fishermen
- Glimpse of rural life