Inle Lake (Myanmar)

Inle Lake Travel Guide and Trip Resources


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A Myanmar must-do

Inle Lake is one of the main attractions of MyanmarBoat tours can feel like a tourist trap if not well arranged
Combining natural and cultural sights: dozens of tribes inhabit the lake shores
Villages on stilts, craft shops, and life in rural Myanmar

Inle lake is a freshwater lake in the Shan state of central Myanmar measuring 116 squared km or 45 squared miles. It tends to rank high on Myanmar "must-do" travel lists, not for any kind of impressive sights but rather for its combination of the cultural (rural living in Myanmar) with the scenic.

The lake, which is fairly shallow and never is more than 4 meters deep, is inhabited by a number of different tribes, mostly Intha, which live in houses on bamboo stilts and make their living by fishing and farming. Although there is accomodation on the lake, most visitors tend to use Nyaungshwe next to it as a base.

The obvious thing to do at Inle Lake is to head out on to the lake in a boat. Trips can be arranged in town or through agents, and besides villages on stilts and watching fishermen, typically feature a visit to the Phaungdawoo Pagoda, a floating market and stop overs at craft shops. [Review by travelindicator]


Key info

  • Inle Lake is a region in Myanmar. It is situated at an altitude of 2897ft and the best airport to fly into is HEH (Heho, Heho)
  • The main spoken language here is Burmese, and the average English skill is low
  • The currency used in Myanmar is the Myanma kyat (MMK)

Inle Lake Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
77 79 86 88 84 82 81 81 81 81 77 75

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
0 0.2 0.5 1.8 5.4 4 3.8 7.6 6.7 4.3 2.5 0.3

Other notes

Located in Nyaungshwe Township of Taunggyi District of Shan State, at an altitude of 2,900 ft or 880m
Contains species of fish and snails found nowhere else in the world


More Inle Lake travel resources

Lonely Planet has a longish and good article on how to visit Inle Lake, while as always Wikitravel supplies the basics. For a bit more local information, head over to Inle Lake Tourism as well as Go Myanmar's piece on Inle Lake. Good blogs can be found here, here and here.


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