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Indein Pagoda and Inle Lake Sightseeing

1. Indein Pagoda and Inle Lake Sightseeing

Your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Inle Lake or Phaung Daw Side jetty. Then visit the Inle Lake and Indein Village by local small boat. See the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most venerable pagoda in Southern Shan State. Admire the Floating Gardens and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, containing 16th and 17th century lacquer Buddha Images, silk and lotus weaving factory, and silver souvenir making workshop. Then visit to Indein village and Shwe Indein Pagodas, a group of Buddhist pagodas in the village of Indein, near Ywama and Inlay Lake in Shan State. Learn about the holy roles these Buddhists play. Immerse yourself in the culture, while admiring the wholesome way of live. After that, you will be taken to your hotel, so you can enjoy the sunset from the middle of the lake on a boat.

Inle Lake: Full-Day Lake Excursion Tour

2. Inle Lake: Full-Day Lake Excursion Tour

Your tour will begin as your guide picks you up from your hotel in either Inle Lake or the Phaung Daw Side jetty. From here you will take a boat trip for an excursion on Inle Lake, which is 22 kilometers long and 11 kilometers wide. The lake itself is famous for its unique one-leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local method of fishing, and village life. You will continue your tour by visiting the Phaung Daw Oo pagoda, which houses five sacred Buddha images which are almost shapeless due to the quantity of gold leaf which has been applied by worshipers. In the afternoon, you will proceed to the silk-weaving village of In Paw Khon, where you will visit Nga Phe Chaung (one of the oldest monasteries around Inle Lake), complete with its jumping cats. Following that, you will be returned to your hotel where you can enjoy the sunset from the middle of the lake from a floating boat.

From Nyaung Shwe: Full-Day Boat Trip on Inle Lake

3. From Nyaung Shwe: Full-Day Boat Trip on Inle Lake

Start with a 07:30 pick-up from your hotel in Nyaung Shwe and walk to the jetty. Explore one of the  Five Day Markets (on market day only). By visiting Five Day Markets, you will get an insight into the lifestyle of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha inhabitants who came to these markets to sell their goods. Enjoy a full-day boat trip on Inle Lake – a photographer's dream due to its calm waters dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic high hills provide the perfect backdrop. See the lake's unique leg rowers – the Intha people who row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. Pass endless floating gardens, where fruit and vegetables are grown. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake. See ancient Buddha statues which are more than 200-years-old. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. Then, visit Inn Paw Khone village to see a silk & lotus weaving workshop, blacksmith workshop and cheroot (Burmese cigar) workshop. Lunch will be served at one of the local Myanmar restaurants. In the afternoon, enjoy another boat tour to the western shore of Inle Lake, where you will find the beginning of a stair path leading to the well-hidden Indein pagoda complex. The boat will take you through a long channel where you will watch farmers cultivating their produce. This ride will be one of the most scenic boat tours on Lake Inle. Return back to your hotel by boat.  

From Nyaungshwe Area: Kakku Pagoda Day-Trip with Short Trek

4. From Nyaungshwe Area: Kakku Pagoda Day-Trip with Short Trek

You will be picked up from your Inle Lake or Nyaung Shwe accommodation and begin the journey to Kakku by car. Stop off along the way to visit a local market, before continuing to Narbaung. From Narbaung, walk for about 1 hour to Htampaya as you admire the stunning scenery. Pass through several farms and visit an ancient cave. At the end of this short trek, a car will be waiting to proceed to Kakku. Stop to enter the ancient Phyu Nge monastery before Kakku, then enjoy lunch at the Hlaing Koon Restaurant. After lunch, discover the beautiful Kakku Pagoda Complex. Explore the ancient Buddhist stupas aligned in parallel rows, covering a distance of almost one square kilometer.  In the evening, depart from Kakku and return to your accommodation in the Nyaungshwe or Inle Lake area.

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What people are saying about Inle Lake

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 33 reviews

We had an amazing day out on the lake.Thida our guide was fantastic giving us all the information we needed without overloading us.The boat driver slowed down as soon as he saw our cameras were out or if he spotted a photo opportunity. The itinerary was full but planned well so that you had plenty of chances to relax as well. The sunset on the way back was the crowning glory of the day. Fantastic!

Absolutely great experience! Our guide YinYin is very knowledgable about the local culture and we got to know very many interesting facts. Highly recommended!

Fantastic Tour with the best and layed back Guide you can imagine. We recommend Te Nyei as a Guide, he knows the area well and is a good guy to chat with!

The guide was great, she took the time to explain everything to us, she also takes very nice pictures! The visit was cool and interesting! I recommend !!