Inle Lake Travel Guide

Inle Lake Travel Guide

Inle Lake is Myanmar's second largest lake located in the Nyaungshwe Township of middle Myanmar's Shan Plateau. This highland freshwater lake, 13.5 miles long and 7 miles wide, is densely inhabited by many different tribes, whose daily lives are based entirely on the water. As there are no roads or sidewalks, the locals get around in one-person-wide wooden boats. The lake itself is attractive; what makes it more extraordinary are its communities, ecology, and traditions. It is quite different from any other tourist spot in Myanmar.

Floating villages and one-leg rowing fishermen are the two iconic scenes of Inle Lake. Single- and two-story wooden stilt houses rise above the water. Local fishermen work at the lake, using a distinctive one-legged paddling technique you won't see anywhere else in the world. A vacation to Inle Lake will certainly be one steeped in the vast and diverse traditional culture of Myanmar. When planning a trip to Myanmar make sure to spend a few days in Inle Lake.

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Inle Lake is a great place where people and nature live in harmony. Many floating villages settle here, and regional people work with lake soils. Taking a boat trip is a relaxing way to see how local people deal with the 'floating life', which can be brand new to you. On market days, you may see a lively scene and buy some traditional handicrafts if you like.

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    Religion is significant to people in Myanmar. And those who live around the lake will go to The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda to pray to the Buddha. There’s an annual festival held here. A royal barge will carry the image of the Buddha and circulate the lake. The exciting festival will last for a month. Catch the festival in October if you can!

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    Taking a boat to Indein Village is quite enjoyable. Some locals would take a bath in the river, while others would make deliveries in a small boat. The boat will take you to their colorful market, where they sell their products. After a long trip on the lake, you can land here and climb up the hill to see the whole scene of the beautiful lake.

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    Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, located on the shores of Inle Lake, is a stunning timber structure that dates back some 200 years. It is the biggest and most well-known monastery in the Inle Lake area. Many visitors come to see the magnificent Buddha, but it is the community of shy cats who live there that really gets people talking.

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