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Inle Lake

Inle Lake is a shallow lake in the middle of Myanmar. The lake is 22km long and is densely inhabited by many different tribes. You can see floating villages and gardens and the unique way of life of the local Intha people, with their living communities based entirely on the water.

In village, wooden houses are built on slits and fishermen steer their one-man boats with a characteristic rowing style, wrapping one leg around their oar. Along with fishing, traditional handicrafts are an important part of the local economy, and you will get to see silk weavers and silversmiths plying their trade on the lake. And as with all of Myanmar, religion plays a massive part in local life and numerous pagodas and monasteries can be found on the lake and its shores. There also are many restaurants dotted around where you can indulge in their delicious catches of the day.

Inle is one of Myanmar’s most popular destinations for travelers, so when you travel around the lake, part of what you see will inevitably be geared towards tourists and you may be taken to one too many handicraft workshops. You can see Karen women, wearing the traditional rings which elongate their necks but the tribe is not in fact indigenous to this area, their home is in the hills south west of Loikaw.

You can visit around Inle Lake such as Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Nga Hpe Kyaung Monastery and 5 Days floating Market.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda has various handicraft workshops and the festival takes place in October features the passage of four revered Buddha images around the Village of Inle Lake on the barge, taking 18 days.

Nga Hpe Kyaung monastery, Inthar Heritage House and cats is constructed from wood and features a beautiful mediation hall. It was previously famous for its jumping cats.

5 Days floating market is very interesting place in Inle Lake. The local people sell tools, carvings, textiles and cheroots by their small boats. This market is held daily but location rotates around the lake area (Nyaungshwe, Heho, Minethauk, Shwenyaung).

Red Mountain Winery has rent a bike and cycle about 3km outside of town to visit there. Great for sunset views and free Wi-Fi available as well as a full restaurant menu of local and western specialties. Wine tasting is 5,000 K to try 4 different types of wines which aren’t bad. You can also order food and full glasses (or bottles) of wine and pretty crowded.

You can teach stand up paddling by foot look simple. It’s definitely not, but it sure is fun trying.

Shan cooking classes to prepare and cook a series of Shan dishes during the course of a morning followed by eating the results for lunch. Dishes prepared can cater for customer choices including those with allergies, e.g. vegetarian, but the default range is based on seasonally available ingredients from local markets.

The handicrafts workshops are Lotus-weaving, Cheroots, Blacksmithing, Boat-building and silversmithing. At Thale Oo, you can see various forming activities going on in the village.

Kakku Pagoda is situated in Taunggyi. It has been located thousands of pagodas and temples. It is covered by Pa-O villages. You can see the natural vegetation and cultivation along the roads which go to the Pagoda and watching Pa-O tribal people culture.

The Pindaya Cave is a Buddhist pilgrimage site. There are 3 caves ridge which runs north-south but only the southern cave can be entered and explored. It’s about 490 feet along a well-worn path which contains over 8,000 images of Buddha. They are unique in that the styling of hairs, eyes, nose, ears, and robe are different from other images from Burma. To the top of cave 45 minute walk. Entrance fees have 3 USD per pax.

If you have the time, you can do the trekking Trip in Kalaw through the hills and tribal villages (Danu and Pa-O) of beautiful part of Shan State.

Hten San Cave was about 1818 meters long. A cave is a hollow place in the ground, specifically a natural underground space large enough for a human to enter. Caves from naturally by the weathering of rock and often extend deep underground. Entrance fees are USD 20 for foreigners and also you can visit Myin Ma Hti Cave, Pyadalin Cave, Shwe Oo Min Paya.