If you have been conquered by 5 reasons to plan a Myanmar trip as soon as possible, then in your itinerary do not miss Lake Inle. There is so much to discover in Inle Lake that you won’t find anywhere else in Myanmar or Asia.
Located in the Shan Plateau, Inle Lake is a great destination not to be missed in your Myanmar travel itinerary. When talking about Inle Lake, we are not only talking about the lake itself, but it is divided into 3 areas: lake, Nyuangshwe and Tuanggyi.
There are so many attractions in Inle Lake that you should spend at least 2 days to ensure your visit to Inle Lake is as complete as possible.
1. How to get to Inle . Lake
You can take a flight from Yangon to Inle Lake. Inle Lake Heho Airport is nearly 48 kilometers from Inle Lake, so you’ll need to catch a taxi to Nyaungshwe, the gateway to Inle Lake that houses hotels, restaurants and tourist services.
You can also catch a bus to Inle Lake, but be prepared for a long ride. Bus from Bagan to Lake Inle it takes about 8-10 hours, it will be a bit faster if you go from Mandalay it takes about 7 hours while the bus from Yangon to Inle lake will take about 12 hours.
Most bus ticket companies in Myanmar provide snacks and blankets during your trip, however, you should still bring snacks, water and comfortable clothes for your trip.
2. Must-do experiences in Inle Lake
Boat ride on Inle . Lake
There is no better way to explore Inle Lake in Myanmar than by taking a boat tour. Most boat tours pick you up at your accommodation early in the morning and drop you back in the late afternoon or early evening.
The area has a mix of amazing scenery, fascinating cultural sites and floating villages. During the tour, you’ll visit villages, visit pagodas, and interact with locals.
Floating Village of Lake Inle
Your journey to Inle Lake will include many stops at the floating villages of Inle Lake connected by canals.
Many tours of Inle Lake include a visit to a silversmith’s workshop in one of the floating villages. Silver is one of the biggest exports from the Shan State, and when you visit Inle Lake, you’ll have a chance to see how silver items such as cutlery and jewelry are made.