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Inle Lake
Union of Myanmar

Timeless Inle Lake is a must for travelers wishing to see the real Myanmar. Enjoy the lake's mystique see unique "leg rowers" balancing small boats on crystal clear water and rich floating vegetable gardens. The lake and it's surrounding hills, reflecting dark blues off the lake, are famous for Shan specialties such as the ubiquitous Shan bag, carried by almost every Myanmar, and beautiful hand-woven silks, prizes as the best quality by Yangon's leading ladies.

INLE LAKE, PINDAYA and KALAW in your INTINARARY

The beauty of Inle Lake should not be missed and at least a one-night stay is strongly recommended. A second night is required for those wishing to visit Pindaya Cave which is also memorable. For those with time, extra nights allow for visits to Kalaw, Taunggyi and Kak Ku.

VISITING THE LAKE

A motorized long boat trip across Inle Lake offers the opportunity to see leg towers - men fishing from wooden canoes using beautifully made cone-shaped nets. A visit to the wooden monastery of Nga Phe Kyaung has become a must for visitors wishing to see the 'jumping cats'. Phaung Daw U Pagoda is home to five golden Buddha images, brought back to Myanmar from southern Siam over 700 years ago. The stalls underneath the Pagoda, offer a treasure trove of souvenirs for visitors! The local market moves around the lake area on a 5-day circle, with Pa-O and Intha Minority people coming down from the hills to sell their produce. Many cottage industries thrive around the lake, such as blacksmith shops, boat building, silversmiths, cotton weaving etc.

OVERLAND TRIPS FROM INLE LAKE

EAST OF THE LAKE - UP IN THE HILLS

Taunggyi
High up in the hills, the former British Hill Station of Taunggyi is now the business and cultural center of Shan State. It is pleasant to wander through the city streets, especially since the climate is cooler, and the market is a good place to encounter the ethnic minority people.

Kak ku
Just a couple of hours from Taunggyi, on bumpy dirt roads, discover the "long lost" ruins of Kak ku, in countryside inhabited by the Pa O people. Situated in the rolling Shan Hills, the Kak ku pagoda is very unusual and little is known about its; origins. A huge circle of small stupas, decorated with fine stucco work and Buddha images, surround the main pagoda. To visit Kak ku one requires one extra day in Shan State.

WEST OF THE LAKE

Kalaw
Kalaw is a picturesque town with many old colonial style buildings and gardens, colorful markets, charming churches and hills dotted with pine trees. Favorite amongst the old British Hill Stations, the town has always been a welcome relief during the hot summer months, and it continues to draw visitors to this day.

Trekking from Kalaw
For more adventurous travelers who are keen to learn more about the life of Myanmar's minority people, Kalaw offers a range of trekking possibilities. From a morning stroll to nearby villages, to more strenuous trips with overnight stays in monasteries or school houses, trekking through the Shan Hills offers an excellent opportunity to experience the simple, unchanging life of village farmers.

Pindaya
Magnificent Pindaya Cave nestles amongst the hills of the Shan Plateau, about three hours drive from Inle Lake. The Cave, set in a limestone ridge overlooking a small lake, is full of thousands of carved Buddha images, made from Lacquer, teak, marble, brick, alabaster and cement.

SOUTH OF THE LAKE

Lolikaw
Lolikaw is the capital of Kayah State and home to the famous Padaung long-neck, or giraffe, women who inhabit the surrounding hills. From a young age, the Padaung women place a copper or brass rings around their neck until, by the time they marry, their necks are stretched. Few have been able to visit the remote location of Lolikaw but it will, one day, definitely be included in every traveler's itinerary.

TRAVELLER FROM INLE LAKE BY AIR

Bagan, Mandalay and Heho
There are daily flights to Mandalay and Yangon. It is sometimes possible to fly from Heho to Bagon and Thandwe, but this not a reliable connection. It is also possible to travel overland to Bagan or to Mandalay.

 

 
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