A serene oasis set within the Shan Hills, Inle Lake is a refreshing retreat from the bustle of modern life. Drift along the shallow waters to visit floating gardens, fishing villages on stilts and a profusion of time-worn temples.
Time seems to stand still on the shores of Inle Lake, whose cool, calm waters are fringed by the simple stilt houses of the ‘Intha’ people. Known for their distinctive rowing style, the fishermen propel their boats across the lake’s waters with one leg wrapped around an oar.
Get an insight into the daily life of the locals by taking to the lake on a traditional longtail boat. Gently floating across the sparkling waters you will be enchanted by the atmospheric beauty of Inle, with its floating flowers, gardens and vibrant markets dotted along the shore. Cast your eyes to the surrounding hills and Blue Mountains for a picture-perfect view.
On land, you can visit ornate pagodas, grand monasteries and 13th-century villages where traditional craft workshops reveal the ancient art of silk and lotus weaving. If you’re feeling adventurous, make the trek up into the mountains to explore Kalaw, a charming hill station from the days of the Empire.
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