Innlay LakeLake Innlay
Living by the lake
When I stepped onto the vast Inle Lake at the end of a small tributary canal, two fisherman came to both sides of my Abercrombie & Kent longboats to perform what I could best see as a slurry dance with conic bowls and rudders for requisites - all in balance on the arches of their canals.
Up until that point, I thought that a lake in Myanmar was rather off the mark. While Bagan is Myanmar's most important business face, the two few day I stayed at Inle Lake made a permanent impact. Don't miss this amazing place on your first trip to Myanmar.
There are five main reason why Inle Lake merits an equivalent settlement with Bagan on your route. 5 miles of fresh waters is absolutely captivating: Without streets or pavements, local people and tourists come in one-man floats with propulsion, which produce a loud cry at full power and can be lifted and lowered according to the level of saturation.
Fisherman work the lake with a fascinating one-legged paddle technology you won't see anywhere else in the game. We' re expecting surface cabins in remote areas like Tahiti, but you'll also find them on Inle Lake for much less per day - you just can't go diving into the ocean from your veranda (it's too shallow).
Guest pupils from all over Shan state come for an internship at Heritage Home, a beautiful colonial-looking home that performs three functions as Burma's feline reserve, as well as a guest room in hotels and restaurants; you can even take cookery courses and visit its biological gardens. In other parts of the lake, Golden Island Cottages (in the picture) is run by an important community called Pa-O; the reed rooftop patio dining area offers a magnificent view of the lake and the skies.
In Myanmar, Bagan is not the only place to see amazing Stupa. Remains of 1,000 century-old rock tombs are crowded together on a covered hill behind a modest Inle Lake Restuarant. More than 200 abbeys puncture the lake, but all ships take you to the extraordinary Nga Hpe Kyaung, better known as Jumping Cat Convent, thanks to tens of cat training courses by friars to "jump" through tires.
For over a hundred years Inle Lake has been an important Myanmar web centre and its main craftsmen are located in the town of Inn Paw Khon. It is a large company by Myanmar style, with several clean houses, each containing more than twenty weaving looms. Everything from the dyestuffs to the ready-made scarfs and lunghi (the Myanmar sarong) is made by handmade here, by all age groups of mothers.
Whilst textile weaving is found throughout Southeast Asia, Myanmar is the only place where the lotus is made - and Inle Lake is the zero point for him, as its flat water creates perfect growth environments for the blooming botan. Getting to Inle Lake: Lake Inle is part of Abercrombie & Kent's ten-day Myanmar & Irrawaddy Route, an outstanding land tour introducing two overnights on the newly-branded Sule Shangri-Lain Yangon and a three-night Irrawaddy River cruise to Bagan on its chic, new all-sea Sanctuary Ananda vessel.
Inle Lake part contains all of our loneboat trips, guides, meals, airfare, participation in a personal boating competition and two nights accommodation at Inle Lake View Estate, the only luxurious boutique residence in the region. If you want to schedule an unrelated trip, you will need to schedule your whole Myanmar trip around the hotel's uptime.
You will also need to organise and settle your own boat, meal and flight to and from Heho International Heho International Heho International Airports, about one hours away. What time to go to Lake Inle: In October, the yearly Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival takes place, during which four shining Buddha's from the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda are pulled around the lake on a regal ship.