Inle Lake

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Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar and is located at the heart of the country. The lake is surrounded by mountains on all sides offering a breathtaking natural view. The area is rich in animals and plant species and you can see some of the rarest species here. The lake is home to several ethnic tribes of Myanmar who follow well-preserved traditions and cultures. Inle Lake is one of the must-visit places in Myanmar. A visit will provide you with an opportunity to interact with locals and learn some of their traditional ways of planting, fishing, cooking and making handicrafts. The villagers are warm and friendly who are keen to to open up to tourists. You will feel their warmth when you interact with them. Explore Inle and discover nature as you have never seen before.


Inle Lake provides the perfect balance of rural Myanmarese lifestyle as well as mesmerising natural beauty. There are 17 villages at this lake where the villagers belong to different ethnic groups such as the Intha who are called the people of Inle Lake, Shan, Taungyo, Pa-Oo, Danu, Kayah, Danaw and Bamar. People in this area are mostly Buddhists and are highly self-sufficient. The main source of livelihood is farming and fishing. The villagers are famous for a one-legged boat rowing technique that can only be seen at Inle Lake. The lake itself contains a variety of endemic species thus becoming one of the most naturally rich area in Myanmar.


  • Inle does not have an international airport. However, it can be reached easily from the nearest international airport located in Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon. The flight from Yangon to Inle takes about 1 hour 15 minutes and it takes only 30 minutes to fly from Mandalay to Inle.

  • Inle Lake is well-connected by bus with the rest of the country. You can take a bus from Yangon (12 hours), Mandalay (9 hours) and Bagan (9hours). An average taxi ride from Mandalay to Inle takes around 6 to 7 hours.

  • Train services are available from Yangon to Inle Lake. However, it requires an advanced booking of 5 days. The train departs at 11am.

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