Discover the culture wonders, natural beauty and unique lifestyles of Inle Lake on this full-day excursion. Travel by private, long tail boat and wind through stilted houses to hidden craft shops, venture ashore to see jungle-shrouded temples, dine on traditional Inthar cuisine and witness the fishermen of Inle.
We’ll start with a visit to the morning market, which rotates locations on a 5-day basis. This daily market attracts people from all over the lake’s shores who gather to buy and sell their wares- if you are lucky you may see Pa-Oh, Inthar and Shan people in their traditional outfits. Wander amid the stalls where you'll get to know more about the local produce and goods for sale. Then continue across the lake, passing through villages with stilted houses and floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. You will also see the leg‐rowing fishermen who steer their boats with incredible balance.
We make our way to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains 5 sacred Buddha images and houses royal barges used during the pagoda’s annual festival. Proceed to the village of Inpawkhone to observe the traditional silk weaving techniques of Inthar people. Inpawkhone is also known for its weaving from the stems of lotus flowers, a time-consuming process that results in high-quality materials famous throughout the country. We also visit a cheroot factory where local Burmese cigars are rolled by hand.
Stop for lunch midday where you will taste delicious, traditional Inthar dishes while soaking in the views of the lake and its surroundings.
This afternoon we will travel to Indein, on the southwestern shores of the lake. The boat will travel down a small canal leading to the Pa-oh village of Indein. Explore the area on foot, strolling around the village and wander through the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area. Alaung Sitthou is filled with picturesque stupas and has magnificent views of the lake.
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