Why you should visit Inle Lake
- See the famous Inle Lake leg rowers, iconic to this region
- Visit the 5 day market, which travels from village to village based on the lunar calendar
- Walk into the surrounding hills to discover seldom visited villages
- Watch the traditional silk and lotus weaving and dying process
- Cycle to the Red Mountain Wine Estate and enjoy a sundowner
- Float across the serenely beautiful lake by hot air balloon
Our specialists ‘Must Do’
Our Myanmar Travel Expert Paul suggests taking a quiet and relaxing canoe ride on the lake. Time it at the end of the day as the villages return home, and sit and listen to the chatter, as wood smoke drifts across the water.
Joe enjoys intrepid travel, and has recently returned from a days hike to Pao accompanied by a local guide. He lived life for a day in their remote village set above scenic Inle Lake. He also loved biking through numerous Pa O Villages where few foreigners have gone before.
A little more about 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 seed beds. 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.
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.
When to go
The best time of year to visit Myanmar and Inle Lake is November to March during the dry season. However, September and October host Myanmar's Phaung Daw U festival which is then followed by the Thadingyut festival, one of the countrys largest and most celebrated festivals.