Inle Lake

Those on a multi-day tour of central Burma might want to consider adding Inle Lake to their itinerary list as, even though it lies a seven-hour drive east of Bagan, it forms a great circular route with the Mandalay Palace. However, we wouldn’t recommend trying to make the trip in just one day!

What to Expect

Inle Lake is a picture-perfect freshwater lake located in Shan State and is the second largest lake in the country. As far as lakes go, Inle is rather beautiful as it enjoys a backdrop of rolling green mountains and is surrounded by lush green vegetation where wooden houses are perched on stilts. Visiting the lake offers a delightful insight into life in a rural community, something that can’t truly be experienced in the city limits of Bagan.

Things to Do

One of the most popular things to do on Inle Lake is to take a boat trip across its perimeter. Wooden canoes depart across the lake every morning and pay visits to local historical and religious sites that dot the banks. To join a boat tour with a local, head to Nyaungshwe on the north side of the lake. After, why not hire a bike and peddle your way through the surrounding hills, along winding country roads, and through tranquil, tiny, villages.

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