Have you ever wondered the reason of visiting the Inle Lake in almost of tours to Myanmar? It’s just a quite huge lake, but very famous in Myanmar’s tourism. Myanmar is well-known as the “land of golden pagodas” and a sweltering climate. Therefore, finding a cool atmosphere becomes an interesting experience of many tourists and local people. That is the reason of visiting at Inle Lake of travellers.
Located in Shan State, Inle lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar, is home to number of endemic species.
How to get there?
The best time to get there is from September to October. The lake is the best place for tourists to explore the rural and peaceful lifestyle of local people on the sides of the lake.
The main transport is by boat. Hence, the best way to see its beautiful scenes is to take a boat trip. A boat for a day costs around 15.000 to 18.000 kyats (about $17 to $20), don’t miss to negotiate. Besides, most boat tours also include time on the lake to observe and take photos the Inle fishermen. You can easily book at your hotel.
Beside of camera and sunscreen, you’ll also need warm clothes because of the cold weather on the lake.
What to see and to do?
1.Nampan Floating Village
The whole village is situated on the stilts over the water, which is a traditional way of building houses in Inle lake. “Floating markets, floating villages” – have you ever seen them? Take a boat to Nam Pan Village, you will have the whole view of rural lifestyle. If you visit Nam Pan on the occasion of market days, you will have opportunity to enjoy the interesting largest market here. Besides, there is the oldest pagoda – Alodaw Pauk Pagoda. You will see the Buddha image in Shan style which is different from ones in Yangon or other places in Myanmar.
This is a man-made garden on the water, which includes a lot of types of vegetables: cucumber, tomatoes, peanuts and even a creative flower garden. Intha women cultivate vegetable on this floating garden from boat, usually working on both sides. These vegetables are the main source of Inthas’ income. They sell them all over the Shan State and Myanmar.
The images of Intha fishermen becomes more familiar with Myanmar’s tourism, which are presented on postcards. Moreover, differ from another lakes, Inle lake is very clear and unspoiled. Especially, all of them will appear beautifully at sunset. That’s also the good way for visitors to take photos.
4.The Karen long-neck women
One interesting thing at Inle Lake that is the appearance of the Karen long-neck women. It’s a traditional unique culture of the Padaung at Inle lake. It seems like the weird habit, not only in Myanmar, but also in Thailand (on the Pai river). They wear neck rings, brass coils that are placed around the neck, appearing to lengthen it. Girls start to wear rings when they were 5 years old. Over the years, the coil is replaced by a longer one and more turns are added.
5.Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
Among the pristine space on Inle lake, this pagoda is an important religious site in the Shan State. Containing five small golden Buddha images, the pagoda is a must-visit destination during your trip on Inle lake. Make sure that you are dressed properly or bring some long sleeves and a sarong to cover your shoulders and knees as it is not allowed to enter the pagoda in tank tops, short skirts or short trousers.