This morning take a scenic drive (92km – 2,5 hours) to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, you will the opportunity to stop at rural workshops that specialize in traditional Shan paper and unique handcrafted umbrellas.
From Nyaung Shwe, you will board a private motorboat
and go to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular and breathtaking sights. Its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic hills provide the perfect backdrop. Observe the daily activities of the local leg-rowing fishermen and see their “floating gardens”, which are built up from strips of water hyacinth, earth and anchored to the bottom of the lake with bamboo poles. You will visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, which contains five sacred images of Buddha decorated in gold leaf. There are also many traditional crafts originating on Inle Lake and, should you wish, you can stop for a visit to one making incredible woven items from lotus silk, boat builders (depending on the time of year), a cigar making workshop, blacksmiths or even silver smiths. This afternoon, a one hour boat ride down a small canal will take you to the Pa-Oh village of Indein, positioned on the western shores of Inle Lake. Take a leisurely stroll around the village before ascending the moss-covered stairway to the top of a hill. Once you’ve arrived at the summit, you will be greeted buy an iconic Buddha image which sits enshrined among hundreds of stupa ruins and overgrown shrubbery. Along the way, you’ll enjoy the natural beauty and panoramic vistas of the area while basking under the shade of the bamboo grooves in the area. Upon arrival at the village, you will observe the daily lifestyles of the rural inhabitants. On your boat ride back, should time allow, stop at the Inthar Heritage House to learn more about the history and culture of the lake's indigenous people and enjoy a delicious coffee and cake (snack break not included). As an exciting day comes to close, you will ride back to your hotel for some well-deserved relaxation.
Meals included: breakfast. Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight on Inle Lake.
INLE LAKE, 1 NIGHT