The gorgeous Inle Lake in Myanmar is dotted with small floating villages made of wooden houses built on stilts. Over 80,000 people living on the lake are from the Intha Tribe but many other tribes from surrounding mountains head to the lake for the popular market days. If you take a boat ride on the Inle Lake, don't miss to see the floating market that moves between the floating villages on a five-day rotation.
The Ywama Village, located just south of Nga PheKyaung Monastery and northeast of the Indein Village, is part of the 5-day rotation of market. It is the most easily accessible village by boat from the town of Nyaung Shwe on the north side of the Inle Lake.
On the market day, the Ywama floating market is packed with tourist boats and souvenir vendors who do business with locals and tourists on the small boats that are loaded with handicrafts or produces. Only a few local farmers try to sell their vegetables to local buyers. On non-market days, there are only souvenir vendors and tourist boats, of course, the smart farmers are already at another market that rotates among the villages of Kaung Daing, Maing, Thauk, Nam Pan, Indeinand Thandaung. Just have a look at the five-day market schedule.
Want to see the floating villages and markets on Inle Lake? Check out this sample tailored itinerary.