Boat Passes By The Floating Village in Inle Lake Myanmar at Sunrise

Inle Lake

Home to the unique leg-rowing fishermen and colourful floating villages and gardens

Nestled at the foothills of the Blue Mountain Range in Shan State, Inle Lake is the second largest freshwater lake in Myanmar.  The scenic 22km-long lake is dotted with stilt houses and verdant floating vegetable gardens, best explored on a long-tail boat.

Most of the lake residents belong to the Intha group, famously known for their leg rowing technique. Other attractions on the lake include ancient temple sites and handicraft workshops specialising in lotus weaving and making cheroot (Burmese cigars).


  • A serene atmosphere complemented by scenic landscapes of lnle Lake and the Blue Mountains
  • There are seven different ethnic groups in the area, the most well-known being the Intha and the Pa-O
  • The mild climate in the Shan region is excellent for outdoor adventures including trekking among the nearby hills and villages
Within Easy Reach Of...
The town of Nyaung Shwe is the gateway to Inle Lake, served by Heho Airport.
Mandalay 30min flight
Bagan 30min flight
Yangon 1hr 10min flight
Travel Tips
  • Visit a lotus weaving centre to observe the process of lotus stems being made into delicate lotus threads
  • Time your visit to explore one of the lively, outdoor 5-day markets where different ethnic minority groups gather to buy and sell goods
  • Beyond the attractions on the lake, visit the village of Sagar, a former royal capital and home to ancient monasteries and pagodas

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