The Indein Village that connects to the main Inle Lake by narrow canals is a major highlight in the region. A trip to the village can be a fantastic, authentic experience as you will see the weather-beaten stupas and watch people go about their daily life.
Getting to the Indein Village across the Inle Lake is a part of the entertainment of the trip itself. You will see the unique leg-rowing fishermen stand up on their boats with their hands casting net for fishing, and watch the farmers in their canoes tending to their floating gardens.
The Indein Village offers nice views and experiences from two different worlds. The old part of Indein Village is home to a mass of stupas, many of which have been neglected and in some way, have thankfully escaped restoration. Walking there feels like back in time. In the new Indein, there is a nice outdoor market which is set up every 5 days. You can buy spices, tea, peanuts, vegetables, clothing, etc and encounter friendly, smiling local people. Do bring some cash.