Inle Lake is a huge lake which measures at 22 kilometers long and 10 kilometers wide. This place sits in a valley between two mountain ranges which feels like a different world to the rest of Myanmar's natural treasures. Within the lake, there are villages, wooden overwater house, and fisherman rowing boats in an interesting position- literally wrapping their leg, one leg to be exact around their oar.
Inle lake also has different traditional handicrafts made by locals which they sell as part of their livelihood to earn money. Around the area while you travel, you will also notice different monasteries along the way on the lakes and its shores. Inle is on of Myanmar's golden treasures and also one of the most popular destination for travelers. Here are some of the best locations and things to do here.
Nampan Village And Floating Gardens. The peaceful village of Nampan is an excellent example of a traditional floating village from its wooden houses built on stilts to the simple lifestyle that the people in the area possess. In the village you can find different hand made cheroot which is the traditional local cigarette and the oldest pagoda on Inle lake named as Alodaw Pauk Pagoda.
Restaurants are also present in the area if you want to try local cuisine. While on the other side, up north you will seek floating gardens all over where the people of Inle lake plants different varieties of vegetables and flowers both for local market and others to export all over the country.
Maing Thauk village is located within the lake and half of it is on land, with the two parts connected by a long wooden bridge. Here you will find and experience the crowded market and further up the side of the mountain you will see the peaceful Maing Thauk Forest Monastery which offers the best scenic views of Inle Lake. Maing Thauk can be reached either boat or land from Nyaung Shwe.
Head up to the Red Mountain Estate Vineyard in the hills to the east of Inle Lake for some wine tasting experience. This vineyard is one of only two vineyards located in Myanmar. This definitely is a different experience in Myanmar plus making it suddenly feel as if you have been transported to one of the best vineyards in Europe. As per Go Myanmar, drinking wine while seeing the best sunset view over the lake is one thing no one will ever regret doing.
Stupas or Shrines. The ruins of centuries old stone pagodas are packed together on an overgrown hillside behind an Inle Lake restaurant. The Stupas present an astonishing sight from different sizes small, delicate, and closely knit, they're much more intimate than those at Bagan and very easily explored by land.
See Hand Woven Textiles. According to Fodor's Travel, Inle Lake has been a major Myanmar weaving center for over a century. Chief craftsmans are based in the village of Inn Paw Khon. It's a big enterprise by Myanmar standards, with several tidy buildings housing twenty-lus looms a piece. Everything is on point from the dyes to the finished scarves and longhis which is Myanmar's sarong are all hand made by women of all ages. For more about the Myanmar feel free to visit us at Travelers Today.
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