Visit Inle Lake

The most magical place of Myanmar

Visit Inle Lake

Inle lake is probably the most magical place of Myanmar. This vast lake is located in the heart of Shan State which shares borders with Thailand and Laos; it's one of the hightest lakes of Myanmar at an altitude of 900 metres above sea level. More than 30 hill tribes are living in the mountains.

Inle Lake, natural and unpolluted, is famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg-rowing of the Inthas, the native lake-dwellers. Moreover, floating villages, colorful daily floating market and Inle Spa are places worthy of visit.

The festival of Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda in Inle Lake held during October is full of pageantry and colorful splendor.

Typical products are sold in the markets include tools, carvings and other ornamental objects, textiles, and cheroots, the local cigars. When held on the lake itself, trading is conducted from small boats.

A local market serves most common shopping needs and is held daily but the location of the event rotates through five different sites around the lake area (Nyaungshwe, Heho, Taunggyi, Minethauk, Shwenyaung), thus each of them hosting an itinerant market every fifth day.

In addition to fishing, locals grow vegetables and fruit in large gardens that float on the surface of the lake. The floating garden beds are formed by extensive manual labor. The farmers gather up lake-bottom weeds from the deeper parts of the lake, bring them back in boats and make them into floating beds in their garden areas, anchored by bamboo poles. These gardens rise and fall with changes in the water level, and so are resistant to flooding.

Visit Inle Lake