Inle Lake is a very unique place and a destination that you cannot miss if you’re heading to Myanmar. The lake itself is the second largest in the country, and is surrounded by beautiful mountains. Many communities live around the lake, and on the water itself in houses on bamboo stilts.
There is so much to see here, whether you want to learn about local industries such as silversmithing and weaving, visit Buddhist stupas, explore villages on the water and their floating vegetable gardens, or simply take in the incredible views while relaxing on a boat trip.
Inle Lake is also famous for its “one-legged rowers”. No, they don’t have one leg (as I assumed when I first heard that!). The name refers to the technique of rowing, where a person stands on the back of a boat balancing on one leg with the other leg wrapped around the oar to steer and power the boat forward.
I spent a full day exploring the lake by a small motorised boat, which actually moved much more quickly than I was expecting – it felt like being on a ride at a water park at times! The boat was narrow so it could easily zip through the smaller canals between the homes on the lake.
One hidden gem that I would highly recommend is the Shwe Indein Pagoda, which is made up of dozens of Buddhist stupas. The origins are a bit of a mystery, but they date back to the 12th and 13th centuries.
Accommodation can be found all the way around the lake so you have many options. I stayed in the town of Nyaungshwe, which is the main access point for Inle Lake. There are lots of lovely temples, restaurants and spas here to keep you busy. There is even a vineyard up in the hills nearby where you can do a wine tasting.
Have you visited Inle Lake? What is your favourite thing about this unique place? I hope you enjoyed this post. If you’d like to share on Pinterest, feel free to use the picture below. xx