Get the best out of Inle Lake in just two days

This Short Break takes you to the site of some of the most iconic images of Myanmar – Intha leg rowers manoeuvring their conical nets as the Inle Lake waters reflect another beautiful sunset. It also gets you exploring the dry land, trekking between small communities,and climbing up to ancient, atmospheric ruins of crumbling stupas and zedi. Boat between floating villages and monasteries, and experience the country’s heritage. This short trip is the perfect encapsulation of what makes Inle Lake so special.


Start
Nyaungshwe (also known as Yawnghwe), Myanmar (Burma)
Finish
Nyaungshwe (also known as Yawnghwe), Myanmar (Burma)
Destination
Myanmar (Burma)
Style
Original
Code
TRAL
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 6

Why you'll love this trip

  • Take a full day to trek around the villages around Inle Lake, meeting some of the locals who make up the many groups that contribute to the ethnic diversity of this colourful country

  • Soak up the tranquillity of Inle Lake while cruising the water, visiting floating gardens and villages

  • Taste the culture of the region over a delicious lunch that is built on the foundations of traditional Inthar recipes

  • Navigate a long narrow canal to the Indein ruins complex, then climb the stairs up to this historic temple, with over 1,000 stupas overlooking Inle Lake

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip operates on a join-in basis with our experienced partner Urban Adventures. On each day you will join in with other travellers, who have potentially booked on a different trip.

  • With the flexibility of daily departures, there is a chance you may end up travelling solo on this trip. You will always have a local guide and all included activities will remain the same.

  • Local guides are likely to differ for each day tour, however they will always be knowledgeable local experts.

  • Activities on this Short Break include hiking in the hills surrounding Inle Lake. Please make sure you pack walking shoes and clothes appropriate for these activities and local weather conditions.

  • Temperatures can be extreme in Myanmar. During the day the weather can be very hot so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop (especially in the mountains), so bring base layers and warm clothing.

Itinerary

Welcome to Inle Lake, whose calm waters are the life-blood for many ethnic minority communities. They live in stilt houses along the lake's shallow fringes and surrounding areas. You’ll begin this Short Break in the main township of Nyaungshwe, which lies a few kilometres north of Inle Lake.

At 8.00AM, your guide will come and pick you up at Paradise Hotel. We'll walk to the jetty where we'll take the boat to Thale Oo Jetty (approx. 45 mins). Your trekking guide will brief you about the trekking lane, weather conditions and other things you need to know before trek. From here, you are going to start the trekking for approx. 3 hours. On the way, enjoy the peace of trekking between the mountains through lush green bushes, farm terraces and bamboo forest. Around noon time, you will get to Thale Oo village. Here our hospital family will welcome you into their home, prepare lunch and of course share some insights into the local village life.

After lunch, say goodbye to our friends in the Thale Oo village and continue trekking to the second village. Walk around the village and see their housing styles and life styles. You will also see the view of Inle lake from that village. spend about 1.5 hrs here and then from here, you'll take boat again and arrive Nyaung Shwe Jetty around 5PM. And your guide will arrange a transport to go back your hotel.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Rise early again this morning (you may wish to rise even earlier yourself to catch a stunning Inle Lake sunrise), meeting at the hotel at 8:30 am and heading down to a nearby jetty. Here you’ll board a boat and sail onto the lake, seeing local life, exploring the floating gardens, and catching a glimpse of the local Intha fishermen who are famous for their unique 'leg-rowing' technique. The Intha leg-rowers navigate their long, narrow craft by standing on the stern with one leg and wrapping the other around the oar. This unique style evolved because the reeds that cover the lake and the floating plants make it difficult to see above them while sitting. You’ll also visit some nearby floating villages, looking out for a wide array of birdlife – including egrets, cranes, ducks, storks and various birds of prey – along the way. Stop by the Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, a 19th-century wooden silt place of worship with an impressive collection Buddha images.
After the pagoda visit, we will go to a restaurant for lunch where you can try the traditional Inthar recipes. Hop back on a boat and travel up a long narrow canal to the Indein ruins complex. Disembark and discover a pagoda and stupas built in the 8th century. Explore the atmospheric ruins; crumbling stupas being reclaimed by greenery, and up a hill over 1,000 zedi from the 17th and 18th centuries. Enjoy views across the valley and lake from the pagoda, and marvel at the surroundings. Take the boat back to Nyuangshwe (approximately 1 hour 15 minutes), arriving around 5pm, when this Inle Lake trip comes to an end.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

1 breakfast, 2 lunches

Transport

Boat, Private Vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

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Important notes

1. This Short Break Adventure begins from the joining point hotel at 8.00am on Day 1 and finishes with a drop off at the same hotel at 5pm the following day. Please take this into consideration when booking flights and accommodation.
2. Pick-up will take place at 8 am from the Paradise Hotel on Day 1 and 8:30 am on Day 2.

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