Inle Lake

Inle Lake, is a freshwater lake located in the heart of Shan Plateau. It is the second largest lake, after Indawgyi Lake from Kachin State in Myanmar with an estimated surface area of 44.9 square miles (116 km2), and one of the highest at an elevation of 2,900 feet (880 m). The Lake is inhabited by many different ethnic nationals of the area. The Intha people are the Lake dwellers who are unique for their leg rowing. Leg rowed traditional boats are the main ceremonial attractions of the Inlay Lake. Although the lake is not large, it contains a number of endemic species. Over twenty species of snails and nine species of fish are found nowhere else in the world.

As the lake is close to the Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State, it is easily accessible by airways, railways & motor ways. Pindaya caves, a Buddhist pilgrimage site and a tourist attraction located on a limestone ridge in the Myelat region is a famous nearby attraction of Inle Lake. 

Attraction Places
Shwe Oo Min Cave

This complex of natural caves and tunnels is filled with Buddha images in variety of shapes, sizes and materials. At the latest count, the caves contained more than 8094 statues.


It is a small village west of Inle Lake, known for its floating market and two groups of ancient pagodas. The village is reached by boat through the Indein creek, a long narrow canal. 

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

The pagoda is the most highly revered monastery in Inle Lake. It houses five ancient images of the Buddha that are completely covered in golf leaf.

Nga Phe Chaung Monastery

It is a beautiful wooden monastery built on stilts around 200 years ago over the Inle Lake. It is considered the oldest and largest monastery in Inle Lake. The monastery is best known for the cats that were trained to jump through hoops.

Ayethayar Vineyard

The vineyard is close to Inle Lake with a pleasant 30minutes drive. It has become a popular destination for international travelers who wish to learn more about wines, their terroires, of grape harvesting and the understanding of the taste differences of grape varieties.

Shwe Yaung Hwe Kyaung

This is the most photographed monastery in Nyaungshwe: the unique oval windows in the ancient teak thein (ordination hall) create a perfect frame for portraits of the novices. 

Maing Tauk

Half of the village of Maing Thauk is set on dry land, while the other half sits on stilts over the water, linked to the shore by a 450yd wooden bridge.  Walking uphill to a peaceful forest monastery for good views over the lake is fascinating.

Floating Gardens

Intha farmers grow flowers, tomatoes, squash and other fruit and vegetables on long wooden trellises supported on floating mats of vegetation. In the morning and afternoon, farmers paddle up and down between the rows tending their crops.

Floating Market

It is one of the most popular and picturesque sights in Inle Lake. It migrates from one rustic lakeside village to another on a five-day rotate system. Local villages from the surrounding hills, converge to sell their crops & handcrafts. 

In Phaw Kone

This tidy village of teak stilt houses is famous for its weaving workshops. Buildings across the village vibrate with the clatter of shuttles and the click-clack of shifting loom frames, and the workshops are a popular stop on the tourist circuit.

Red Mountain Winery

This winery is famous for its best wines and beautiful location. It is mostly visited by international travelers to enjoy amazing views with a bottle of wine.

Kakku Pagodas

It is a pagoda complex in the hills overlooking the valley South East of Inle Lake. Some 2,500 pagodas, most of similar shape and size, are found in long rows closely put together in a square field. Most stupas date from the 17th and 18th centuries. 


It is the capital of Shan state and home to a large number of traditional ethnic tribes. Taungyi Balloon Festival is one of the crowded and famous festivals in the country. It is held at the end of rainy season, November. 


High up in western Shan State, Kalaw is an old hill station with a laid back atmosphere, refreshing climate and scenic views. Many of Kalaw’s original colonial-era buildings remain, and it is also known as Myanmar’s trekking mecca.

Green Hill Valley

Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp is a unique place where is taking of the elephants well. Guests can scrub, bathe and feed these gentle giants. 

Blue Water Lake

The Blue Lake is in the southern part of Ywangan Township, close to Taunggyi. It becomes popular attraction because of its crystal clear water. The lake is in a small ravine near the village and is reached by a concrete stairway.

Pyadalin Cave

This limestone cave belongs to a pre-historic and the Stone Age paintings that date back 11,000 years. It is supposed to be an abode of the Stone Age men lived. Over 1600 stone artifacts as well as many pieces of bone were found along with the site.


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