Visit the vast and serene Inle lake, fringed with floating gardens, traditional stilt-house villages, and pagodas. Witness the unique way of life of Intha people, whose communities are based entirely on water.
Pick-up from the hotel, and commence the boat trip from Nyaungshwe town, which is located a few kilometres north of the lake.
Visit the Nam Pan village, which is situated on the stilts over the water. It is an excellent example of traditionally-built houses in Inle Lake. Here, you will see:
Hand-made cheroot factory; cheroot being a local traditional cigar.
Alodaw Pauk Pagoda, which enshrines a gem-encrusted Shan style Buddha Stupa and is the oldest pagoda in Inle Lake.
Good and affordable local restaurants.
Proceed to the north of the village, and come across the floating gardens showcasing a variety of vegetables and flowers grown by Intha people. This unique agricultural method harnesses nature over many generations to get developed properly.
Day 2 : Explore Villages Around Inle Lake expand_more
Visit Ywama village, which falls on the western side of the lake. Visit the silk weaving industry of Inle and a highly revered monastery Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda.
Visit Indein village, which has two groups of crumbling 17th-century Buddhist pagodas of various shapes and sizes, most of which have been restored to their original state. These include Nyaung Oak behind the village and Shwe Inn Thein Paya located at the top of a covered walkway leading up the hill.
Proceed to see the Nga Hpe Kyaung monastery, renowned for its jumping cats who have been trained to perform while holy scriptures are being recited.
Conclude your trip by visiting Inthar Heritage House, an unusual restaurant, which serves traditional Burmese cuisines and also has a cat sanctuary for almost extinct Burmese cats.
Private guide service.
Air-conditioned car and a professional driver.
Fuel and Toll-gate fee.
Drinking water and Towel.
Entrance fee or Zone fee.
Know before you go
You are supposed to take off your shoes and socks at the gate of the religious monuments.
Myanmar Currency is called Kyat. Kyat 1300 = USD 1.
Meals at local Restaurant will cost around 8000 Kyat.
I once worked as a tour guide myself, and I know good guides, and Min Soe is one of them. He was professional, touching base with me by email before the day that we were to meet. Like clockwork, he was waiting for us at the hotel lobby at the appointed time. His English pronunciation is good -- unlike the pronunciation of Asiatic guides in other countries that I have experienced. Unlike other guides in Yangon, he graduated from Yangon University with a specialty in English and history (which is not a requirement to be a licensed guide in Myanmar). He started our tour by asking what, if any, sights we had already seen, to maximize the efficiency of our tour. We alternated between riding in his car (that had a separate driver), or walking, depending on the sights. We covered the main buildings near City Hall, and stopped at the delightful Tea House. We stopped at an Armenian Church (that seemed closed, but Min still managed our access). We visited some shops and a marketplace -- but there was no pressure by Min for us to purchase anything (usually guides get some kickback benefit when they steer there tourists to certain shops, but it was clear that Min had no financial stake in our purchases). For lunch, Min asked our preference, and we asked for a typical place that locals would eat at. His selection was fantastic, and there were no other tourists around. He took us on a ride on a commuter train, for us to get a feel of typical Yangon life. The highlight was showing us the Schwedagon Pagoda, a massive complex oozing with Buudhas, gold-plating and jewelry.