Inle Lake, located in the Shan State, part of Shan Hills in the middle of Myanmar, is the second largest lake with 22 km in length and about 45 square miles in surface area which is the home to many different tribes of the east. Inle Lake is also known as the heart of Shan State, which makes it become the location of the civil and political trife through the last two decades. This region is a major tourist attraction which leads to some development of tourists’ infrastructure such as privately hotels and tour operations over the past few years.
Inleis a freshwater lake with a variety of villages against the dubious range of mountains. The weather in Inle Lake is different from other places when the air is cooler and drier. Most of transportation on the lake is by small boats or larger boats fitted with diesel engines. Tourists can find the exclusive culture that fishermen tend to paddle boats with their legs, which is also partof the tradition in Inle: they stand on one leg and wrap the other leg around the oar. This is the reason why it is not easy to see above them while sitting.
Otherlandscapes that we can expect to see in Inle Lake is tomatoes fields floating around the lake, gardens of flowers with bamboo poles. The inhabitants will amaze you by their friendliness and daily activities. Enjoy a pleasant trip along the lake while have rest at the sincerity of local communities.
The best timeto come here is during the time from September to October. Tourists will be able to join the ritual Hpaung Daw U Festival lasting for nearly 3 weeks. Following is the festive lights of Thadingyut. Besides, the market offers many colorful fresh foods and other local products that can lure all tourists to give it a glance. Coming to Inle Lake, tourists can have a taste of cuisines different from Shan cuisines, which incorporates local natural products. Don’t miss the chance to savor the most well-known Htamin jin, fried whole dried chili and grilled dried beancakes.