Inle Lake

Inle Lake is a freshwater lake located in Shan State, Myanmar and is the second largest lake in the country after Indawgyi Lake. It has become of one the top tourist destinations in the country after Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay and it has been made easier to with Heho airport located only 35km and direct flight from Yangon and Mandalay.

The majority of the locals that live in Inle Lake live in four cities bordering the lake, in numerous small villages along the lake’s shores, and on the lake itself in wood and bamboo houses built on stilts. Most of them are farmers use small boats to move from place to place.

At AsiaTrips we have created a day tour to help you discover and explore the Lake area which will be sure to excite and interest you.

Traditional Houses on Inle lake, Myanmar

Traditional Houses on Inle lake, Myanmar

In the morning you start with renting a boat (with driver) and visit  Sagar at the far southern region of Inle Lake. The area was only recently opened to tourists in 2003 and very few tourists have visited Sagar. Here you can relax during the 3 hours ride and get the opportunity to enjoy the scenic views and the many birds that inhabit the area.

Once you arrive at Sagar there is a local monastery that you can visit and as well as a village and learn about the local Pa Oh but the main reason to visit Sagar is for it’s famous ‘sunken’ stupas of Sagar. There 108 stupas from the 16-17th centuries are partially underwater for a few months a year. These stupas are an amazing sight to see and you’ll wonder how they got built out here so far from civilisation!

After exploring the stupas continue to the village of Thaya Gone. Here you can sample some local wine rice and watch the whole process of how it is made. It’s an interesting process and after sampling the wines you can walk it off to the top of a nearby hill not far from Thaya Gone. From the top you can see stunning view of the lake and surrounding villages.

Inle Lake Stupas

Inle Lake Stupas

From there head over to the Sae Khaung Pottery Village. Here you can learn about the local culture and see how they make the natural underground kilns. You will also see how oil and water pots are made and if you are lucky enough you may even be able to have a try yourself.

Jump back on the boat and grab some well deserved lunch, your boat driver will usually know which restaurants are popular and close by. Around this time you should think about making your way back to the main section of Inle Lake because it important to know that 6pm motorized boats are not allowed to operate on the lake, only paddle boats and I’m sure you don’t want to be paddling all the way back!

But as you make your way back you can see how local life operates between the people and their interactions, such as women buying food for dinner, children coming home from school. You’ll also see rice noodles and spun cotton being hung out to dry and if you follow this itinerary you’ll should make it back to the main hotels area early in time to watch the sunset.
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By aj / Administrator

on May 03, 2016

Aj is a born traveller and it's shows. He previously work as a flight attendant for over 6 years and has been been to over 30 countries from Barbados to Bangladesh, to Uganda to Uruguay, he has spanned the globe. He has also lived in the Middle East, Spain, Australia, Pakistan. Aj loves South East Asia the most and has been travelling to that part of the world for over 10 years where he has been currently living for the past 4 years. Aj is also AsiaTrips VP for Creative Travel and absolutely loves talking about travel and encourages others to travel and experience the world like he has. If you would like to contact Aj then please email him at


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