Inle (Inlay) Lake

The lake is situated 900 m above sea level and surrounded by blue and hazy mountain ranges. Some visitors to Myanmar referred to Inle lake as the “Venice of the East” when going through the canals and villages by boat. There are about 100,000 people inhibiting the lake and it’s shores. It is 22 km in length and 10 km in the widest place. Various tribal (e.g. Intha, Pa-O and Shan) people’s daily life and markets in the lake area are an attractive place. Various arts and crafts of Intha people can also be seen at Inle lake. Leg rowing is practiced among all the Intha people.


The main gateway to arrive Inle Lake used to be a former capital of Shan Kingdom. Today there is not much to see aside from the Shan Palace (today Haw Museum) that in foreigner’s eyes rather looks like a beautiful villa. It’s worth a visit. There are plenty of guesthouses and restaurants there in the lower category.


Most devote Buddhists believe this pagoda to be a very sacred one due to some miracles that happened in the past. The pagoda has five Buddha Images and all are in irregular shape. The legend tells the Buddha images were carved in the 12th Century. Phaung Daw Oo pagoda festival usually held in October is unique and famous for its procession where the Images are brought from village to village.