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Inle Lake Tours

At 22 kilometers long, Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar and is surrounded by 507 villages, but since the body of water changes according to the season, it’s hard to tell where exactly the lake ends and where the puddles begin. Inle Lake is home to the people of the Intha tribe, and the unique living conditions have made the lake one of the most popular tourist attractions in Myanmar. It can get very busy, but it isn’t that hard to avoid the masses and Inle Lake is still the best place to see bamboo stilt houses. Family homes, factories, restaurants, monasteries and even pagodas are built high above the water and the whole daily life takes place out on the rippled blue surface under the baking sun. The buildings are connected by bridges and people own rowboats to leave their accommodation, get from place to place, to wash their clothes, go fishing, and farm food and lotus in the floating gardens. Apart from the village life itself, the many water birds using the lake as a breeding site are interesting for bird watchers and there are lots of bike rides and hikes available in the surrounding area.

Internationally famous are the leg rowers of Inle Lake, whose incredible talent for coordination has fascinated many visitors. The young men stand on one leg on the back of their skiffs, pinch the rudder between the other leg and hold it with one arm. While one limb is needed for balancing and the other two for moving the rudder, the remaining arm is used for all the other tasks necessary for fishing. Just like the rowing method, watching the fishermen hauling in their catch is equally fascinating. Since the lake is mostly shallow with lots of plant growth, the fishermen have had to develop their own unique methods of swirling the water around with paddles and forcing the fish to emerge from their protected spaces and swim up into waiting baskets and nets. 

Practical Info

Inle Lake is located in the center of Myanmar and to the southeast of Mandalay. The bus ride from the capital Yangon takes roughly 13 hours and the journey from Mandalay is seven hours. Overnight trips are available. Because the busses are slow and can be uncomfortable, some people prefer to get to the lake by flying to the domestic airport in Heho, which is located about 35 kilometers outside the main village. There is also a train connection available, which is the cheapest option, although it is extremely slow and the travel time is over 30 hours.

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Inle Lake Private Day Tour with Transfer from Nyaungshwe, Nyaungshwe, null
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Inle Lake Private Day Tour with Transfer from Nyaungshwe

Inle lake boat tour will bring you to Inle lake where you can experience a peaceful rural countryside town, amazing views and diverse landscape of Myanmar ...  Read more

Location: Nyaungshwe, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Private: Cycling to a Vineyard to enjoy Sunset and Wine from Inle Lake, Inle Lake, Private ... 
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Private: Cycling to a Vineyard to enjoy Sunset and Wine from Inle Lake

Set off for a private guided cycle through the picturesque outskirts of Nyaung Shwe, located a few miles north of Inle Lake, to a renowned vineyard to enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: Inle, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.00
Inle Lake Full Day Tour, Inle Lake, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Inle Lake Full Day Tour

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A must experience on any journey to Myanmar, the natural beauty and serenity of Inle Lake. A full day guided expedition by boat of the lake will have you ...  Read more

Location: Inle, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.00
Private: At Home with the Intha on Inle Lake, Inle Lake, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Private: At Home with the Intha on Inle Lake

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Take a private half-day boat tour on Inle Lake for an intimate experience of daily life for the Intha people. Your guide shows you floating villages and farms, ...  Read more

Location: Inle, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.00
Inle by Boat Full Day Tour, Nyaungshwe, Private Tours
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Inle by Boat Full Day Tour

Where: INLE ‘Located in the remote mountainous region of Shan State, a cool 900 meters above sea level, gorgeous Inle Lake is one of the ‘must see ’sights ...  Read more

Location: Nyaungshwe, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Duration: 6 to 8 hrs

From USD $35.63
Sunset on Inle Lake Private Cruise, Nyaungshwe, Day Cruises
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Sunset on Inle Lake Private Cruise

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

INLE ‘Located in the remote mountainous region of Shan State, a cool 900 meters above sea level, gorgeous Inle Lake is one of the ‘must see ’sights of ...  Read more

Location: Nyaungshwe, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $6.89
10-Day Relaxed and Flexible Tour of Myanmar, Yangon, Sunset Cruises
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10-Day Relaxed and Flexible Tour of Myanmar

Explore most popular attractions (Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan, Mandalay) in Myanmar by your self to save cost would never be so easy. This tour is perfect ...  Read more

Location: Yangon, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Duration: 10 days (approx.)

From USD $728.00
7-Day Excursion from Mandalay to Yangon, Mandalay, Multi-day Tours
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7-Day Excursion from Mandalay to Yangon

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Doing the highlights right is the mission for this 7 day excursion through Myanmar! Combining Mandalay with the ancient temple city Bagan and the territory of ...  Read more

Location: Mandalay, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $581.25
Learn the cooking of traditional dishes and sightseeing in Inle Lake, Inle Lake, Multi-day Tours
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Learn the cooking of traditional dishes and sightseeing in Inle Lake

Inle Lake is a freshwater lake located in the Nyaungshwe Township, Taunggyi District of Shan State and it is part of Shan Hills in Myanmar. Gain insight into ...  Read more

Location: Inle, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Half-Day Indein from Inle, Inle Lake, Day Trips
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Half-Day Indein from Inle

The town of Inndein has been a favorite for many years for those spending time around Inle and wanting to see more. With over 1000 Buddhist structures on the ...  Read more

Location: Inle, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $18.80

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