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Inle Lake

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Introduction

Inle Lake is Burma's second largest lake. It's bordered by more than 200 villages, which are home to a number of ethnic minority tribes, notably the Intha people who originated from the east of the country.

Many have built their houses on the lake itself, raised on stilts above its shallow, tranquil waters. Life revolves around various cottage industries, from silk weaving to silversmithing; naturally fishing plays a central role too. Fishermen employ a unique rowing style, using their legs to propel them as they stand precariously at the stern of their long narrow boats.

The best way to explore is by boat, though there are also extensive trails that cut across the surrounding hills and wind round the water's edge.

The former British hill Station of Kalaw is also nearby and well worth visiting if you've time to linger longer. It boasts an excellent morning market and is the starting point for some beautiful mountain walks as well as multi-day treks through minority hill tribe villages, sleeping in monasteries hidden amidst the hilltops.

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Myanmar Uncovered on Pandaw

17-day stay and cruise from £6,160 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
cruise offer

Exclusive tailor-made fly, stay and cruise holiday

Between royal-capital tours and cottage-industry workshops, explore life along Myanmar's storied Irrawaddy River. There's also included hotel stays in Yangon and Inle Lake, introducing you to the gilded headlines of this most enigmatic of destinations.

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Top itineraries in Inle Lake

Classic Waterways of Myanmar on Sanctuary

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,645 pp incl. flights

After private tours and luxury stays among Yangon’s colonial charm, Inle Lake’s floating villages and Mandalay’s royal palaces, a luxury river cruise showcases the Irrawaddy’s charm, from Bagan’s wonders to rural villages.

Best of Burma

14-day tailor-made journey from £4,015 pp incl. flights

Showcase Myanmar’s rich heritage, world-wonder sights and fascinating culture on this fortnight-long itinerary that spans a hand-picked collection of unique experiences.

Chindwin River Explorer

18-day tailor-made journey from £4,485 pp incl. flights

This itinerary is very much a chance to head along the river less travelled as you visit cultures unchanged and landscapes pristine on a luxury cruise along the Chindwin River. In between, tours of Inle, Yangon and Bagan will showcase Myanmar's golden highlights.

Myanmar Uncovered on Pandaw

17-day stay and cruise from £6,160 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
cruise offer

Exclusive tailor-made fly, stay and cruise holiday

Between royal-capital tours and cottage-industry workshops, explore life along Myanmar's storied Irrawaddy River. There's also included hotel stays in Yangon and Inle Lake, introducing you to the gilded headlines of this most enigmatic of destinations.

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Top places to stay in Inle Lake

Sanctum Inle Resort, Inle Lake

Designer hotel

This is a slice of design-led style on the shores of time-tested beauty; explore ruined stupas and floated markets to return to spa luxury.

Inle Princess Resort, Inle Lake

Traditional hotel

Experience traditional authenticity in luxury with boutique, shoreside accommodation, eco-friendly principles and tailored fine dining.

Aureum Palace, Inle Lake

Contemporary resort

Reached by an inlet boat transfer, this boutique offering reflects Inle’s stilted villages with on-lake villas.

RV Princess Panhwar, Myanmar

Luxury cruise ship

This luxury Irrawaddy cruise combines Myanmar’s highlights with an authentic insight into the more rural side of the country.

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Inle Lake articles

Myanmar (Burma) – A Traveller’s Guide

Regularly topping people's lists of dream destinations, Myanmar (Burma) is one of the world's most exciting destinations. It has recently opened its doors to more accessible forms of tourism, meaning you can enjoy this evocative, mysterious country easier than before.

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