Inle Lake
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  • Ko Z
    Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar87 contributions
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    The most famous lake in Shan State
    I visited there in a lake by a motorboat. Even it takes more than hours to spend to go to the famous place in the lake. The most famous place is the Phaung Taw Oo Pagoda which is the religious place for buddhists. There are several boats selling souvenirs in the lake like floating market. People use boats to go around the lake. I saw some fishermen rowing boats with the legs. The schools, hotels, houses and business places were built inside the lake on the water. My kids loved it very much to ride the motor boat on the waters of Inle lake.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Granada Guill
    Barcelona, Spain7 contributions
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    watercraft in a lake
    visited there by watercraft in a lake. Even yet, it takes many hours to get to the lake's well-known location. The most well-known location is the Phaung Taw Oo Pagoda, a Buddhist shrine. In the lake, there are numerous boats that resemble floating markets and sell trinkets.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 13, 2023
  • anita d
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-visit for those seeking a harmonious blend of nature and tradition
    Inle Lake in Myanmar is a gem waiting to be discovered. Surrounded by the Shan Hills, it offers a captivating blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. The unique sight of locals skillfully navigating their boats with leg-rowing adds a touch of charm. The lake is embraced by lush greenery, towering mountains, and picturesque villages, creating a serene and picturesque setting.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 4, 2024
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Fabysuzy
Geneva, Switzerland616 contributions
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Nov 2019
Like many working couples who have little time for holiday, we almost cut out this part of trip from our 15d in Myanmar. Were we pleased that we didn't! Though we only spent 2 nights on the lake, an extra night would allow more time to see the surroundings thoroughly.

We spent one FULL Day from 05h45 to 20h00 with our guide and his crew (boat + car). We woke up early to see the sunrise on the lake (not to be missed). Our guide took us around the lake witnessing many activities and meeting interesting locals. Some of the activities were purely touristic (ie. shopping), but people were never pushy and we had a good time! Time flew by as we floated down the canals, walked through markets and ancient pagodas, and got a feel of life on water. It was an eye-opener for us from the city! We ended our long day coming back from Kakku, which was similar to Inn Dein but also had its own character. Get there after 17h30 and you will have the whole place by yourselves!

We had a great experience visiting the lake and Kakku, and would recommend everyone to include Inle Lake when visiting Myanmar. A guide is essential for this area, and we had an excellent one who was a local grew up from Inle Lake (responsible, spoke good English, knowledgeable, presentable and patient). The whole guided trip was not cheap, but we did not care as we walked away with one of our most memorable experiences in our lives! The guide's name is Naing Moe and you could send me a private message if you wish to have his full details. If you enjoy trekking, he could also arrange both short and long trips (ie. 2-3days).

Inle Lake was definitely a highlight for us in Myanmar, and we highly recommend this to all travelers planning to visit this underrated SE Asian country!
Written January 4, 2020
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Frappa F
Aurelia13 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Friends
We have been joked on our first day in Nyaunshwe...
Once you put a feet out of your hotel start counting, before you reach number 3, someone has already stopped you to offer a boat trip.
You have to know that Myanmar people has learnt very well how to overcharge everything just for white tourists, I'm not kindding if I say that market prices are usually 1/3 of the price they tell you at first try.
On the shores of Inle lake there is much more offer in number of boats available than tourists request, there are thousands of boats in Nyaunshwe canal.
A boat uses about 5 liters (1000mkk each for 5000 mkk total) of diesel for one day and the daily salary for the captain is about 3000mkk.
You will be asked for 20000 to 30000mkk, depending on if you want to go to Shwe Inn Dein Pagoda or not.
Their plan is to sell you a full day trip for 20000mkk that actually is taking you to what they call factories: goldsmith, cigar makers, textyle weaving, restaurant and so on.
Every place has its shop, and for every item overpricely sold to you there is a percentage to the boat owner.
At the end of the day you'll have spent most of the time sailing and shopping, with no time left to visit pagodas and traditional markets.
Nothing of the scarfs, skirts, silver and so on is made in the traditional shops you are visiting, but in infustrial facrories in Yangoon, where you can buy for 1/5 of the price.
No need to say we did our complaints to the woman who sold us the trip and wanted money first (25000mkk), she didn't want to refound part of the money or provide another trip to the pagodas for the following day.
The second day after 3 seconds we went out of the hotel (8.30 a.m.) same story with another trip seller, this time we asked for boat, captain and fuel only, our decision where to go and how long yo stay. Starting from 30000mkk and with only 2 minutes of bargain we got 27000, we were happy because we didnt want to lose time and because we like doing donations to poor people, may be we could obtain a better price, I think 23 or 24 thousands.
The result was a perfect day trip:
Inn Thein Market
Shwe Inn Dein Pagoda
Jumping cats Pagoda
Wooden bridge
Departure at 9.00
Return at 17.00
Written January 3, 2020
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Lucilledowning89
Byron Bay, Australia16 contributions
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Jan 2020
It’s nice for a day out and enjoyed our boat trip between locations but we don’t recommend staying on the lake.
The prices for buy at the various locations and the heckling from vendors was enough to put us off buying anything. We were overwhelmed, over quoted, lied to and manipulated, all for the sale which was all quoted in American Dollars. This place is most certainly nothing like America.
Written January 13, 2020
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oprahfan
portland, or41 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
We booked a young man named Naing Moe as our guide for Inle Lake on February 8, 2020. I had been to Inle Lake before but it was my husband’s first visit. I told Naing Moe what we would like to see and he had suggestions as well. He picked us up early from the airport in a nice car with a/c. We began sightseeing right away. His English is excellent and he is very knowledgeable about the area having grown up there. He arranged a comfortable private boat for the day on the lake. He was able to accommodate a change in our schedule to include a boat making shop which my husband enjoyed seeing. He engaged with fishermen, farmers, Temple worshippers and craftsmen to give us an interesting and unique experience. In the evening he took us to the perfect spot on the lake where we could watch sunset, rise of the full moon, and evening fishermen checking their nets. Naing Moe did a wonderful job. Please contact him on WhatsApp +95 9 42837 2125.
Written February 15, 2020
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milliesmum2016
Christchurch, New Zealand1,811 contributions
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Dec 2019
If you start out early in your longtail you will experience the misty charm of a sunrise over the lake. It's quiet and utterly magical. We boarded at Ngaungshwe, among throngs of boats on the canal just starting their day. The boat trip through the canal was a sightseeing trip in itself and it took quite a while before we actually reached the lake proper. There is such a lot to see as life goes on around the lake much as it does in any ordinary landbased town. It is quite tourist focussed these day, of course, but nevertheless it's a fantastic day out and a fabulous was to experience local life - floating islands full of crops, monasteries, pagodas, silversmiths, teak boat builders, one leg rowers pretending to be fishing (be aware that if you photograph these dudes, they expect to be paid. They aren't really fishing for fish these days - only for tourists), stilit villages built over the water, lotus silk weavers, even a Burmese cat sanctuary! Who knew??
This a a REALLY full day activity and quite a trip highlight. Loved it!
Written February 29, 2020
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Siyin T
Singapore, Singapore6 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Family
We booked a 2 day Inle lake boat cruise with Naing. It was 2 amazing days. We got to see so much things e.g. sunrise, sunset, floating gardens, morning market, the way of Inle lake people’s lives, did some light canoeing. Everything was great and a great experience! Naing was a great guide, explaining to us lots of things including history and he was always helping us to do translation, and he knew some great places to get some amazing shots!
Highly recommend to engage Naing when u visit Inle Lake!
His contact:
Email: Naingmoe.inle@gmail.com
WhatsApp: +95 9428372125
Written January 19, 2020
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Stefania B
Biot, France11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Inle lake is just amazing place to visit. Tiny villages in the water with floating garden, fisherman uses a traditional net for catching fish especially during the sunset time. I found it very poetic. Very interesting temple and stupa in the water as well. Around the lake you can enjoy also lunch and dinner in the local restaurant, very you can eat lake fish and fresh vegetable.
I've really enjoyed to stay here.
Written February 9, 2020
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Beverley R
Hobart, Australia48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We had an excellent guide who was willing to share the stories of the lake people e.g. real fishermen and fake fishermen. I expected Inle Lake dwellers would be like the Cambodian water dwellers but no this is 1500 people actually living on the water with roads marked, water laneways into houses and telephone poles. There are shops, accommodation, lots of restaurants (mostly for the tourists) businesses (an example is a silk weaving factory with the owner now a seventh generation family owner), a cigar factory and boat building (the boat we were in cost $A2500). Drinking water is a problem but people are allowed 20 litres a day and drink bottled water as it is cheap. It is a fully functional community. A highlight for us was lunch on the lake - a stunningly beautiful setting. We clambered from our boat to another boat where a table had been set for for us and a waiter was ready to serve us after offering us wine. An adjacent boat brought over the four courses one at a time. Excellent food. Near the two boats was a toilet boat. We didn't try it but how thoughtful.
The other highlight was a visit to the 1099 pagodas at the Shwe Pagoda - very old and more like Thai temples.
We could have spent more than two days here.
A not to be missed experience
Written December 31, 2019
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Redfox 🦊🐾
Vienna, Austria482 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Having been here 20 years ago, the last time in 2015/16 I was very sad to see how tourism has ruined the place. Only busloads of tourists coming and local people running behind them „souvenirs, souvenirs!!!“ and everyone trying to sell you something.... even the markets have more souvenir junk than ever and everyone selling the same 20 items. The fishermen on the lake also seem to be only staged and nothing is like it used to be. To me it seems like a Disneyland and is worse than I imagined it would be, very sad unfortunately. I am happy that I still saw it when it wasn’t that bad.
Written January 4, 2020
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Anja280613
Hong Kong, China17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Many hotels offer tours on the lake but it comes down to a boatdriver, who speaks little to no English, taking you to places.
If you would like to have more information on about the lake and the culture, I highly recommend doing a private boat tour in English with Paing Min That. He was recommended by Naing Moe, also a tour guide with many good reviews. Paing was friendly, patient, helpful and very knowledgeable about the lake. Thanks to him, my boyfriend and I had a much better understanding of the lake and even played a quiz with each other seeing how much we both remembered of what Paing told us :D
You can contact Paing via Whatssapp (+9509258768393) or e-mail (paingmin112233@gmail.com)
Hope you will enjoy your visit to Inle Lake as much as we did :)
Written February 4, 2020
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