First-time tourists typically overlook this gem of nature in their anticipation of the beautiful pagodas of Bagan, but Inle Lake in Nyaungshwe offers an experience that completes the whole Myanmar escapade - that is, bonding with the best of Mother Earth.
Stretching 13.5 miles long and 7 miles wide, the undeniably serene lake is a treasure trove of culture, fauna, and history. The locals are devout Buddhists – the main reason a why a number of stupas that glitter like golden spires and pagodas can be found at the lake’s edge, perfectly complementing the azure clarity of the lake. The lake’s islands are composed of 17 villages, all of which are on stilts. Depending on the season, either the hyacinths or marsh paddies invade the lake. Surprisingly, amidst the circumstances, Nyaungshwe has great hotels that incorporate the environment into their design. Market days in the region is also lively. Inle lake truly brings the best of Myanmar’s natural treasures and cultural highlights.
Inle Lake is located in Nyaungshwe, Myanmar.
Opening Days and Hours
The lake can be accessed anytime.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Inle Boat Tours can be availed at rates ranging from USD 37 to USD 75.
How to Get There
- Fly to Heho Airport via Myanmar National Airlines.
- From the airport, board a taxi to Nyaungshwe.
- Board a cycle to Inle Lake.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is 6 to 12 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit is from November to December when the weather is cool and the lake isn’t too shallow.
Inle Lake tours do not include food in the tour packages. So it’s best to bring food and water, and just buy items on stops.
Immana Grand Hotel, Spring Lodge Inle, Thiri Nanda Villa, The Hotel Emperor are just some of the accommodation options near Inle Lake. Rates play around USD 28 to USD 80.