HOW TO GET THERE:
convenient way is to fly from Yangon, Bagan or Mandalay to
Heho, which is the nearest airport to the lake. There are
daily flights to Heho. If you are flying from Mandalay to
Heho, it takes only 20 minutes. Traveling by car along the
uphill and winding road over the Shan Plateau is interesting
and well-worth taking although it takes long hours. There is
also a regular train service via Thazi Junction to Heho and
Shwe Nyaung, the nearest station to the lake.
Spend a glorious day on a motorized boat
exploring the area of Inle Lake, the world's highest
floating market. Pass floating flower and vegetable
gardens of the Intha tribes and watch as the "One
leg rowers" pull up their nets from the cool, clear emerald green waters below. Watch the silk weavers and
blacksmiths at their work. Plenty of time to stroll
around the compound of the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, where
you can find stalls offering Shan handicrafts, so-called antiques, silk and cotton longyis and the popular
brightly coloured Shan cotton bags. In September and
October the biggest festival takes place at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda.
fishing on Inle Lake
village on the Inlay Lake; its streets are a web of canals.
There are some beautiful teak houses built on large wooden
piles driven into the lake bed. The main activity and
attraction is at the floating market In the largest canal.
It is to the North West of our hotel. By boat, it will take
15 minutes. The magnificent floating market is renowned. You
can visit the goldsmith workshops, observe the sculpture and
PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA
One of the
famous principal shrines in Myanmar, this pagoda houses five
small Buddha images, which are much revered by the lake-dwellers.
Once a year, in late September - early October, there is a
pagoda festival during which, four of the five Buddha images
tour around the lake in a colorful barge.
One of the small villages of Inle Lake located on
the western bank of the lake. The ruin pagodas, hide in the
bushes will give you an impression of you were in the 12th -
13th Centuries ago. This mysterious place is at the end of
the marvellous Indein creek, which connected with Inle Lake
just after the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. The creek is narrow
with many twist and turns. Since the both sides are paddy
fields you can see the farmers ploughing and harrowing by
water buffaloes. At the lunch time while groups of farmers
having lunch the water buffaloes enjoy themselves dipping in
the creek. At many places in the creek the farmers dam up
the water by bamboo barriers to irrigate the paddy fields.
Indein water is not only useful for irrigation also for
bathing and washing cloths. It is compulsory to see Novice
monks, buffalo boys and village girls wash and swim in the
MINE THAUK MARKET
A large and bustling market where you can find a real local
atmosphere with a variety of produce from the lake.
|NGA PHE KYAUNG MONASTERY
This is an attractive wooden monastery built on stilts over
the lake at the end of the 1850s. Aside from its collection
of Buddhas the monastery may be of interest to visit because
its monks have taught a few of the many cats living with
them to jump through hoops.
Spend some time at the charming village of Pindaya with
its cave containing thousands of Buddha images and its
As it had been a popular hill station for the British
during the colonial days, it still is a peaceful and
quiet place with an atmosphere reminiscent of the
colonial era. The small population is a peculiar mix of Shan, Indian
Muslims, Burmans and Nepalese. Kalaw is the
starting point for the journey to exciting.
Entrance to the Pindaya Caves
Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State, has a small but
exiting ethnographic museum devoted to the many tribes of
the Shan State.The best time to visit Taunggyi is for
the yearly Balloon Festival in November which definitely
is THE highlight in Taunggyi!
A hidden treasure an unusual, magnificent collection
of Buddhist Stupas unheard of by historians and unlisted in
guide books lies in the deepest Pa-oh territory, 26 miles
south of Taunggyi the capital of Shan State. There lies more
than 2000 stupas in a site closely packed together in ranks
covering an area of approximately a square kilometer
apparently unknown to outside world. Kekku area is covered and
scattered by Pa-oh villages especially stretching along on
both sides of the main road from north to south.
The land route for tour groups starting from Taunggyi is
possible and accessible for all year round. But tours
originated from Inle Lake are considered to be possible only
in the open season from late October to early May or before
heavy rain falls.
The yearly religious festival normally takes about one week.
The climax of this festival usually falls on full moon of the
Tabaung (Mid-March) every year. The Kekku pagodas festival
also draws thousands of visitors from all parts of the Shan
TOURS IN SHAN STATE
From one-day return excursions up to 4 days of hiking and
3 nights sleeping in monasteries in the Pindaya and Kalaw
areas, you can experience the daily life of the Shan
tribes! Pao, Padaung, Taung Yoe and Danu people will
only a one hour flight from Heho and just a
border town next to Mae Sai in Northern Thailand,
it is actually only important for many Myanmar
people who daily cross the border bridge to Mae
Sai for work or doing business and then hurry
back by sunset.
Myanmar Ttravel Ltd. brings you to Tachilek for
the purpose of letting you enjoy a bumpy 7 hour
car ride to Khentung, as on the way you will
visit lots of places where colourful hilltribes
live a completely different kind of natural life
compared to any other place in Myanmar.
Triangle - Moingla
|| Maymyo, Kalaw, Ngapali - the British definitely knew
where to find the nicest spots during their colonial regime...
During this time they built the town around the picturesque Naung Tong
Lake, near the Pyin
Monastery.There are not only wonderful temples,
monasteries and old catholic churches to be marvelled at,
but hiking to the nearby Akha, Am, Lahu or Lisu villages
that will bring you back into ancient Asian times...
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