Inle Lake

Fisherman at Inle Lake

On holidays in Myanmar? If you have a few days to visit the country, do not miss the opportunity to discover Inle Lake Burma, one of the wonders that Myanmar has to offer.  Thousands of people visit the Venice of the East every year, all curious about the culture and way of life that these people have adopted for years at inle lake Myanmar.

Inle Lake Boat Tour (Inle Lake What to do)

Tourists at Inle Lake
Tourists who wear Tha Nat Khar on the face sitting in the boat to observe Inle Lake

The only solution  for visiting this immense expanse of water is to take a boat trip on one of the traditional boats waiting for you by the lake and explore around with your local guide. From the city Nyaung Shwe, there are many excursions available and you can even choose a private and customized tour for some extra kyatts if you want to spend more time and see what others won’t be able to see. This place is exceptional for everyone to enjoy a perfect boat trip at myanmar inle lake.

Inle Lake What to see

Due to the wealth of its attractions, Inle Lake has become one of the main attractions of the country. Whether you are dreaming about visiting pagodas, local markets, flowers and vegetables gardens float or even observing the interesting way that fishermen work, Inle Lake is a fantastic option for everyone to discover the essence of Burma. Great festivals are also held every year as the Pagoda Festival and the traditional boat races.  Spend a full day on the boat, being amazed by the colors and the extraordinary fauna and flora of this magic place is really worth it.

Textil Factory, Tobacco Factory, Boat Maker

During your visit at Lake Inle, the rower will bing you to several traditional workshops that will be presented to you. You will be able to discover the meticulous work of women rolling the numerous fragrant handmade cigars sold throughout the country, admire the precision of women working in the textile industry at a traditional Lotus and silk weaving cottage or see an authentic wooden boat maker at work. If you want to bring some souvenirs, do not hesitate to buy them on site to help the local population.

Inle Lake Fishermans

Views at Inle Lake
Leg rower and skyline of Inle Lake

Far from the fishing techniques that we know are those of the Burmese, the Intha fishermen are well known now for rowing with one leg and also for their fishing art.

Inle Lake Pagodas

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda at Inle Lake
View of the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda at Inle Lake from a boat

To understand their culture, one must visit the monasteries and pagodas, sacred monuments of Myanmar. At Inle Lake Burma, you will be able to discover the beautiful Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda as well as the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, known as the cats jumping monastery.

Inle Lake Market

People at Inle Lake
People who enjoy traditional food at Inle Lake

Several local markets take place on the lake, and they are a succulent way to start the day. You will find there many exotic fruits, local donuts, noodles, fish, meats, spices, clothes and much more. Among those markets, you will find a floating market, a night market and a five day rotating market.

Inle Lake Where to eat

Whether you are looking for a place to have your breakfast or your dinner, you will certainly find a great restaurant on the lake or in Nyaung Shwe that you will enjoy among the variety of restaurants available, more or less touristic. You will be able to enjoy delicious local dishes as well as many international dishes.

Inle Lake Hotels, Where to sleep?

If you want to wake up with a splendid view of the daylight reflected on the lake, you will have the great chance to stay in one of the luxurious inle lake accommodation of a high quality hotel like the Myanmar Treasure Resort. If you wish to discover the surroundings, many hotels options are also available at nyaung shwe, a great deal for all budgets.

House at Inle Lake
Houses with long wooden legs between the blue sky and Inle Lake

Inle Lake How to get there

Lake Inle is easily accessible from the main tourist centers of the country. It will therefore be possible to go from Yangon to Inle Lake and from Bagan to the lake as well by bus as by private transfer or flight to the airport of Heho, about an hour away by car.


Bagan to Inle lake bus
From To Departure time Arrival time Price (US$) Notes
Bagan Nyaung Shwe 8:30 AM 5:00 PM $20 VIP bus
8:30 PM 5:30 AM
7:00 AM 3:00 PM $20 Ordinary bus
7:30 AM 3:30 PM
7:00 PM 4:00 AM
7:00 PM 4:00 AM $16
8:00 AM 3:00 PM $20 Mini bus
Inle lake to Bagan bus
From To Departure time Arrival time Price (US$) Notes
Nyaung Shwe Bagan 8:30 AM 4:00 PM $21 Ordinary bus
7:00 PM 4:00 AM $16
7:30 PM 5:00 AM $20 VIP bus
8:00 PM 5:30 AM
Mandalay to Inle lake bus
From To Departure time Arrival time Price (US$) Notes
Mandalay Nyaung Shwe 8:30 AM 5:30 PM $18 Special bus
9:30 AM 6:30 PM
7:30 PM 4:30 AM
8:30 PM 5:30 AM
10:00 PM 4:40 AM $13 VIP bus
Inle lake to Mandalay bus
From To Departure time Arrival time Price (US$) Notes
Nyaung Shwe Mandalay 8:00 PM 4:00 AM $13 VIP bus
9:00 AM 5:00 PM $18 Minibus
Yangon to Inle lake bus
From To Departure time Arrival time Price
Yangon Nyaung Shwe 8:00 AM 8:00 PM $22/$27 VIP bus
6:00 PM 6:00 AM
7:00 PM 7:00 AM $19 Ordinary bus
Inle lake to Yangon bus
From To Departure time Arrival time Prices
Nyaung Shwe Yangon 8:00 AM 8:00 PM $24 VIP bus
6:00 PM 6:00 AM $20 VIP bus
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