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A Day on the Lake!
Full day – Code: KMM-INL-001
Price: US$ 53/ person (from 8 people) – Including lunch at Intha Heritage house
Inle Lake in southern Shan State is a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional Shan villages. On the lake itself the Intha people have been living for many centuries in villages built entirely on stilts. Today you ride a private motorboat around the lake. Discover its natural beauty, visit the floating gardens, see some of the famous leg rowers, and have a cup of tea at a local family’s house. On and around the lake, traditional markets are held in different villages according to a 5- day rotating schedule. Today we take you to visit one of these colourful markets frequented by Shan and PaO people. We certainly also visit a local cheroot factory (where the Burmese cigars are made), floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Intha Heritage house – where the Burmese cats are bred – and if wanted, we visit a weaving factory.
Ruins of Indein, Home-cooked Food & Floating Gardens
Half day – Code: KMM-INL-002
Price: US$ 69/ person (from 8 people) – including canoe tour and home cooked lunch
In the south of the lake the ruins of Indein are certainly worth a visit. Partly covered by vegetation the area looks like a pagoda forest. We walk about 1 hour to enjoy a fantastic view over the lake and visit a school in Tha Ley village. A homemade cooked lunch is served by a local family in their house. We continue towards the Nam Pan village for a very interesting trip going local with a small canoe. Whenever you are tired peddling yourself we continue by motorboat back to your hotel.
Nyaung Shwe and Surrounding by Bike & Peddle Boat
Full day – Code: KMM-INL-003
Price: US$ 72/ person (from 8 people) – including mountainbike, wine tasting, lunch Viewpoint
Nyaung Shwe is a lively little town that used to be home to the Shan prince of Nyaung Shwe; Mr. Sao Shwe Thaike (after independence, he became the first Prime Minister of Myanmar). Nowadays the town’s market still functions as a busy trading centre for all surrounding villages. Our bicycle tour begins in the centre of Nyaung Shwe. We visit the Mingala market, bike through a gorgeous scenery, visit the former palace of the last Shan prince, and reach the ancient teak wooden Shwe Yan Pyay monastery – famed for its oval windows. Enjoy a Shan lunch and in the afternoon we take small boats (2 persons per boat) for some peddling. We see local life from the water and pass small canals and floating gardens. We continue to visit the picturesque pagoda near Nanthe village and reach the Red Mountain Winery in Nyaung Shwe for some tasting of their excellent wines.
A Shan Afternoon, Ending with Wine Tasting
Half day – Code: KMM-INL-004
Price: US$ 76/ person (from 8 people) – incl gourmet lunch and wine tasting
As described in many books, the Shan have a very interesting and rich culture. Especially when in Nyaung Shwe you still get a bit of the feeling of the former Shan kingdom. We start with a visit of the Buddha Museum, housed in the former Haw (palace) of the last Shan prince of Nyaung Shwe; Mr. Sao Shwe Thaike. We enjoy a Shan lunch and continue our tour to the local market, traditional Shan cotton and Shan traditional dresses make this a very colourful sight. A visit to the ancient teak wooden Shwe Yan Pyay monastery with oval windows certainly gives you the opportunity to take great pictures. You are being peddled around small canals and pass floating gardens in a small wooden boat to see more of the local Shan life from the water. End the tour with a visit and some wine tasting of the excellent wines at the Red Mountain Winery.
Discover the Lake’s West Bank on Bike and Foot
Full day – Code: KMM-INL-005
Price: US$ 64/ person (from 8 people) – biking, trekking, simple lunch and Indein visit
An active day on the west bank of the Inle Lake with fantastic views over the lake and the villages surrounding it, covering parts of the area not frequently visited by tourists. We start by boat to Indein where we do a short walk in the surrounding where many Pa O people are living (about 2 hour walking) From Indein jetty we start biking to Khaung Dine and continue to Nyaung Shwe passing villages on the way (about 2.5 hour biking). A simple lunch is prepared on the way.
Cylcing to Nampan Village on Inle Lake’s East Bank
Full day – Code: KMM-INL-006
Price: US$ 62/person (from 8 people) – biking & sightseeing on the lake incl lunch
Visiting Inle Lake is not just about being on the water, but also about discovering the Shan and Intha villages on the banks of the river. From Nyaung Shwe (or any hotel on the east bank of the lake) we cycle passing several picturesque villages. We stop for a chat with the local monks at the forest monastery in Maing Thauk and enjoy a fantastic view over the lake. We take a lunch at the Intha Heritage house and continue from there by boat to visit a local cheroot factory as well as one of the oldest monasteries built on stilts on the lake and of course the famous floating gardens on Nampan. At the end of the day we go back to the hotel by boat.
Downhill through Shan State by Bike and Train
Full day – Code: KMM-INL-007
Price: US$ 53/ person (from 8 people) – by train and bike including lunch
An exhilarating day with great views over the lake and the southern Shan State. From Nyaung Shwe you leave around 08.00 am for an hour bike ride passing the famous monastery with oval windows. We take the local train that is slowly climbing up the mountain for about 2 hours until we hop off in Heho. A lunch is taken on the way. From Heho we cycle mostly downhill towards the lake this routing offers us fantastic panoramas. Once we are at the same level as the lake we leisurely continue cycling through the idyllic scenery of the Shan countryside for about 1,5 hours back to Nyaung Shwe.
Aung Ban to Indein (south of Inle Lake) by Bicycle
Full day – Code: KMM-INL-008
Price: US$ 82/ person (from 8 people) – by bike incl transfer luggage from Kalaw/Heho
Probably the best way to arrive in Inle Lake. Mountain bikes are ready for you to start a 4-hour biking trip to Indein. We bike mostly off-road, most of the roads being flat or downhill, although the first hour some parts are going uphill. Biking through numerous Pa O villages in an area where few foreigners have been before is a great experience. Stop on the way to enjoy the fantastic views over the lake and the Shan countryside. Lunch is included in a local village and at the end of the trip we visit the ancient ruins of Indein. From Indein we continue to our hotel by private motorboat where your luggage is already delivered in the room. A great trip that can start from Kalaw, Nyaung Shwe, Khaung Dine or Heho.