5 THINGS TO DO IN INLE LAKE – ADVENTURE GUIDE

5 THINGS TO DO IN INLE LAKE – ADVENTURE GUIDE

THINGS TO DO IN INLE LAKE

Inle Lake is a beautiful freshwater lake located in central Myanmar that has a very special charm about it. Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar, with an elevation of 880m above sea level and surprisingly is only 3.5 meters at its deepest point.

I spent 2 nights and 3 days exploring the area and I have put together this adventure guide on the best things to do in Inle Lake!

5 BEST THINGS TO DO IN INLE LAKE

#1 Inle Lake Boat Tour

An Inle Lake boat tour should be on the top of your list of things to do in Inle Lake when you arrive.  I recommend taking an Inle Lake tour at sunrise or sunset to experience the true art of Myanmar’s balancing fisherman. The Inle Lake fisherman have mastered a rather unusual method of paddling their boats with one leg, balancing on the other and ultimately having two hands-free to catch fish in their conical nets.

An Inle Lake boat tour will cost you anywhere between $15 – $25 for a full day. Inle Lake tours can be booked via your accommodation. Alternatively, there are a number of tourist info offices dotted around the main town of Nyaung Shwe that can help you organise an Inle Lake tour. 

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#2 Shwe Indein Pagoda

The Shwe Indein Pagoda is a complex of ancient Buddhist stupas that lies on the western shore of Inle Lake in the small village of Indein. You can put in a request with your boat driver to take you across Inle lake to visit the Shwe Indein Pagoda, one of the best Burma temples in the country.

When you arrive in your boat to the river banks of Indein village, you’ll have to pay a 500 Kyat entrance fee before following the undercover stairway to the top of Shwe Indein Pagoda.

Inside the Shwe Indein Pagoda complex are hundreds of weather-beaten stupas, some are in rubble and covered in vines and others have been restored and freshly painted. I spent an hour getting lost in between the colourful stupas and listening to the ringing of the bells that hang from the tops.

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#3 Handicraft Workshops in Ywama Village

Next on the list of things to do in Inle Lake is to visit the floating Ywama village in the very south of Inle Lake and boat-hop your way around to all the different handicraft workshops and markets.

In the traditional craft village, you will find gold and silver jewellers, boat makers, cigar rollers, weaving workshops and woodcarvers. It was incredible to see all of these artistic villagers getting creative and producing a high-level of quality products and souvenirs. Put your bartering skills to the test amongst the market owners trying to sell off their hand-made goods!

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#4 Kayan Women – The Long Neck Tribe

I remember as a kid seeing these long-necked women on a National Geographic documentary and I was very intrigued. To see the Kayan women in the flesh was an unforgettable experience and I highly recommend adding this to your list of things to do in Inle Lake.

The Kayan women are very welcoming to tourists and will most likely spend the time to get to know you and tell you all about their long neck tribe, so bring with you an open demeanour. The Kayan tribe women are also happy for you to take photos of them, an exotic experience you can save forever.

The significance of the golden brass rings around the Kayan women’s necks is a sign of beauty. They begin putting the brass rings on their necks at the age of 5 and by the time they are old women they have up to 25 brass coils weighing approximately 12kg.

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#5 Inle Lake Markets

Last but not least on the list of best things to do in Inle Lake is the famous five-day market. The Inle Lake markets work on a five-day rota system, moving between the Nyaungshwe, Heho, Taunggyi, Shwenyaung and Minethauk villages.

There is no official schedule for where and when these Inle Lake markets will be, though your hotel receptionist or boat drive will for sure know what is happening where.

You can expect to see a mix of locals and tourists at the Inle Lake markets, jumping between the vendors for hand-made carvings, ornaments, textiles and food produce.

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INLE LAKE HOTELS

Inle Lake has dozens of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favourite places of where to stay in Inle Lake that caters for luxury travellers to budget backpackers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Sofitel Inle Lake

Mid Range: Serenity Inle Lake Resort

Budget: Joy Hotel

For all other accommodations in Inle Lake, you can click HERE to search on booking.com

HOW TO GET TO INLE LAKE MYANMAR

There are 3 ways of getting to Inle Lake Myanmar and that is either by bus, taxi or plane.

Whether you are on a budget or not, I recommend travelling by bus throughout Myanmar. The main bus companies (JJ Express, Elite, Ok Express) are very efficient and will get you comfortably from A to B.

The cost of bus transportation between cities in Myanmar is on average around $10-$30.

Bus duration times: Yangon to Inle Lake – 12 hours, Bagan to Inle Lake – 9 hours, Mandalay to Inle Lake – 8 hours.

To check timetables, prices and to book online in advance click HERE. Alternatively, you can book buses one day in advance through your accommodation in each destination.

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INLE LAKE MAP

INLE LAKE WEATHER

The best time to visit Inle Lake is between the months of October and February in the cool/dry season. As Inle lake is 880m above sea level the temperatures can get quite cold in the night though you can expect an average of 30-degrees celsius during the days.

OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST IN MYANMAR

For more Myanmar backpacking adventures, you may want to read my other travel guides below:

10 Best Things To Do In Mandalay

5 Awesome Things To Do In Bagan

5 Awesome Things To Do In Hpa An

Yangon Bike Tour

Curious to know what Camera Gear & Travel Essentials I carry while backpacking around the world? I have put together THIS LIST of items to consider packing on your next adventure!

Thanks for reading this article an if you have any questions about things to do in Inle Lake please leave me a comment below.

Happy Adventuring 🙂

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