Fisherman on water on traditional wooden fishing canoe with conical shaped fishing net.

Inle Lake

Inle Lake is a magnificent example of the range of beautiful landscapes on offer in Myanmar.

Ousted from their lands by warring neighbours, the resident tribe of Inle Lake took to the water and developed a culture that has survived for centuries, living in houses built on stilts and cultivating crops of floating seedbeds.

Nestled in a hollow of the Shan Plateau, Inle Lake is the focus of attention for the surrounding area and provides some good opportunities to see local tribes.

Sunset Over Inle Lake, Myanmar
Inle Lake, Myanmar

A little bit more about Inle Lake

Numerous villages surround it and floating markets are held on a rotational basis. Religious deities travel the lake by boat visiting each of the villages with boats being rowed by men using a curious combination of just one leg and an oar. A number of good hotels have been built at the edge of the lake making it a peaceful place to spend a few days.

Considered as heaven on earth by travellers who have visited it, it a perfect place for activity enthusiastic travellers interested in cycling, kayaking and trekking, and new for 2015, hot air balloon rides.

A truly fascinating place and well worth a visit during any tailor-made Myanmar holiday, its cultural and scenic offerings are second to none.


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Market Woman, Myanmar

Inle Lake’s Five Day Market

Visit the five-day market, which travels from village to village based on the lunar calendar.

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Red Mountain Wine Estate, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Red Mountain Wine Estate

Cycle to the Red Mountain Wine Estate on the shores of Inle Lake and enjoy a sundowner.

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Sunset Over Inle Lake, Myanmar

Inle Lake by Hot-air Balloon

Float across the serenely beautiful lake by hot air balloon.

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Traditional silks and sarongs, Bagan market, Myanmar

Traditional Handicrafts

Learn more above the traditional silk and lotus weaving process, from cultivation to dying and weaving.

C.MM.Fishermen, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Inle Lake Leg Rowers

See the famous Inle Lake leg rowers. Their iconic one legged stance allows them to wrap one leg around the oar to guide their boat while keeping both hands free to cast their conical net into the water

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Wooden boat, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Inle Lake Villages

Discover the less visited southern shore of Inle Lake.

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