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Sprinkled with floating flora and myriad birdlife, Myanmar's Inle Lake is a natural wonder

Inle Lake is also a melting pot, home to many different ethnic tribes including the Shan, Pa-O, Taung Yo and the ‘leg-rowing’ Intha peoples. Moreover, it’s the gateway to some of the country’s most fascinating sights, from floating villages to Indein ruins, all of which you’ll explore on this short but varied adventure through one of Myanmar's greatest attractions.

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Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
Myanmar (Burma)
Physical rating
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 3

Why we love this trip

  • Explore the floating gardens of this freshwater lake on a full-day tour with an expert guide

  • Visit local tribal villages and interact with the locals

  • Witness the famed 'leg rowing' technique of Intha fisherman

  • Hike through bamboo forests and see a vast array of Indein ruins

  • Feast on authentic Shan cuisine


Your Independent Experience starts today in Inle Lake with an arrival transfer. Meet your guide at your accommodation and get some tips on how to spend your first day exploring and the best place for dinner.
  • Khuang Daing Resort or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
A full day will be spent on the lake exploring the floating gardens and catching a glimpse of the local Intha fishermen who are famous for their unique 'leg-rowing' technique. These people are different from the Shans; they originate from the south of the country.
The lake is also home to a wide array of bird-life including egrets, cranes, ducks, storks and birds of prey.
Visits may be made to some of the local villages and your stay may coincide with one of the market days: always exciting with much of the commuting being done by local people using the ubiquitous long-tail boats.
  • Khuang Daing Resort or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast at your hotel, you will transfer to the Indein ruins complex (about 45 minutes by long-tail boat).
On disembarking, you will discover a pagoda and stupas that were built in the 8th century. You can also browse through the rows of shops along the corridor uphill, or just marvel at the surroundings.
You will explore the mystery of more than 300 ancient stupas (1.5 km, approx 30 minutes) and walk to Su Taung Pyae pagoda which is a great view point to see the mountain and the lake Inle and the paddy fields (1.5 km, approx 30 minutes).
After spending some time here, you will walk towards Yankin, Pa O, and the Taung Yoe tribe village (4 km, approx 1 hour). You will then head north through farmland and bamboo forest to Naydaw (1.5 km, approx 30 minutes) to visit the Taung Yoe ethnic tribe village and return to Indein village where you will see many plantation and the scene is marvelous (1.5 km, approx 30 minutes)
From where you will head to Nataung Kya village for 20 minutes and have a refreshing green tea with local villagers, and be shown around the village.
Walk back to meet meet your boat and return back to the hotel.
This evening you will enjoy a traditional Shan dinner and get to sample some of the local style culinary specialties.

Note: the amount of walking today will depend on individual and group fitness and wishes, and also the time of year. In the hotter months, from March to October, reduced distances are advisable, and arrangements can be discussed with your tour leader the day before.
  • Khuang Daing Resort or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Say farewell to Inle Lake today.
Depending on your departure plans, you may have some of your own free time for shopping or sights.
Transfer to the airport or train station included.
Additional accommodation is available to extend your stay or you may like to add on another of our Independent Experiences in Myanmar or South East Asia.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


3 breakfasts, 1 dinner


Boat, Private vehicle


Comfortable hotel

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Important notes

1. Arrival and departure transfers are included. Please provide your flight details to your booking agent in advance.
2. Peregrine can assist with booking your transport between each experience, or additional nights accommodation. Please ask your booking agent for more information.

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