Inle Lake

Things to do - general

The beauty of the Lake Inle comes not only from the nature but also from its relationship with the people who live there. Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar with an estimated surface area of 44.9 square miles (116 km2) and located in Shan State, part of Shan Hills. The lake has a number of endemic species although the lake is not large. Over twenty species of snails and nine species of fish can be found nowhere else in the world. The lake has a floating school, post office, lots of restaurants and entire villages complete with village streets.

Country Myanmar
Area 116.3 km2
Languages spoken Burmese
Currency Kyats
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Nightlife

Nightlife Nightlife information about Inle Lake.

Culture and history

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Blacksmith Workshop

In Se-khong village, there is a blacksmith workshop which produces knives and farming tools, sold at different 5 – day markets around the Inlay region.

Shan traditional Weaving Workshops

There are two types of silk; the thick weave with designs and the thin ones in plain color. The silk woven designs from Inlay are the thinner ones. To weave a set of robe for a monk, it requires the fibers from 120,000 stems of the dark pink lotus. Now, scarves are also woven from dried lotus.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Market

It is situated on the precinct of the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and opened daily. Local pilgrims and foreign visitors can buy different products of Inlay region as souvenirs.

Indein village

Indein is one of the small villages of Inle Lake located on the western bank of the lake. Indein is well known for its hundreds of ancient stupas ( some called Jungle Stupas) most are ruins overgrown with bushes. A trip to Inle is not quite complete without a visit to the “jungle stupas” which were built in the 17th and 18th century and are still undiscovered and mysterious.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda is situated in Inlay Lake in Shan State. One of the most dazzling and magical places in Asia. It is a famous principal shrines in Myanmar and it houses five small Buddha images.

Floating Gardens

The native people grow vegetables on floating islands which are collection of floating weed and water hyacinth. These floating islands can be cut, dragged by boats and ever be sold like a piece of land. The farmers collect sea-grass and mud from the bottom of the lake bed, make a thick bed securing with bamboo poles and grow vegetables and fruits. The farmers mainly grow gourds, flowers and tomatoes. The tomato salad from this area is quite a popular dish served in restaurants.