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Inle Lake

Inle Lake is truly amazing. One of those places you will not want to tell a soul about in order to maintain its charm and character, but you just can’t help yourself. It is a magical, bewitching place put in the hills of the southern Shan state, close to the border with China, Laos and Thailand.

High hills flank the lake on both sides of the shore. The lakeside and islands are settled down with sprinkling of villages on stilts, inhabited mostly by the industrious Intha people. There are also myriad of monasteries and thousands of pagodas lying along the shoreline. Crystalline waters, lush green hills, deep, cloudless skies and a calming and tranquil lake inhabited by a friendly and welcoming people are the perfect ingredients for an idyllic destination. The gentle and melodic way of life on the lake will relax you, whether you are bobbing along in a dug out canoe visiting one of the numerous floating gardens or markets, observing the local Intha fishermen with their unique leg-row fishing style or simply unwinding on the veranda of your hotel enjoying a timeless scene illuminated by a mesmeric sunset. It promises to be an unforgettably peaceful retreat from the hectic pace of modern day life.

INLE LAKE ATTRACTIONS:

Phaung Daw Oo pagoda

Phaung Daw Oo

Jumping Cat Monastery

Jumping Cat

Indein ruins

Indein Ruins

Nampan village

Nampan Village

Floating gardens

Floating Gardens

Kakku Complex

Kakku Complex

Taunggyi

Taunggyi

Pindaya Caves

Pindaya Caves

Five Day Market

Five Day Market

Kalaw

Kalaw

Sagar

Sagar

Alodaw Pauk

Alodaw Pauk

 

INLE LAKE HOTEL SUGGESTIONS:

  • 5 star: Aureum Inle Resort, Inle Princess, Inle Lake View Boutique
  • 4 star: Pristine Lotus Resort and Spa, Villa Inle Resort, View Point Lodge
  • 3 Star: Inle Resort, Shwe Inn Thar Resort, Paradise Inle Resort, Paramount Inle Resort
  • 2 star: Golden Island Cottage
  • 1 star: May Guesthouse

 

WHERE TO EAT:

  1. Inn Thar Lay Restaurant
  2. Golden Kite
  3. Inthar Heritage House
  1. Green Chilli
  2. Inle Pancake Kingdom

Other Information About Inle Lake

HOW TO GET TO INLE

By plane

The airport in Inle Lake is Heho Airport, located 35 km from Nyaungshwe. Air Bagan runs several flights daily from Mandalay and Yangon. Air Mandalay fly Inle one flight daily from Mandalay. Alternatively, Yangon Airways offers flights to Heho from several domestic destinations, including popular destinations such as Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan.

Overland

There are no direct bus services to Inle Lake. The nearest long distance bus station is Nyaungshwe and Taunggyi, about 5 km and 25 kilometers from Inle, respectively. From Mandalay, you can take the overnight bus to Nyaungshwe which runs within 8 hours. The bus from Yangon to Taunggyi takes some 8 to 9 hours.

By train

The train station nearest to Inle Lake is Shwenyaung, which is located 10 kilometers away. You can arrive in Shwe Nyaung from Thazi and admire its scenic beauty on the way.

GETTING AROUND

You can hire the ubiquitous pedal cabs, passenger pickups and motorcycle taxis to get around Inle. Most tourists would choose to cycle around the shore of the tranquil lake to discover and experience the local life and people.