Arrival in Nyaungshwe
On arrival you’ll be transferred to the tranquil Inle Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Myanmar. Stretching an impressive 13 miles long its riverbanks are dotted with enchanting Burmese villages with stilted wooden houses overlooking the water. It’s a relaxed way of life that you can’t help but adapt to when visiting. You’ll stay in a cosy guesthouse in the nearby town of Nyaungshwe where you can relax in the peaceful surroundings.
Excursion on Inle Lake
After a tasty breakfast you’ll be transferred to the dock for your boat excursion. Travelling by motorboat allows you to discover the natural beauty of the lake, visit the floating gardens, a local cheroot factory, where Burmese cigars are made, and marvel at the famous leg rowers in action. A simple lunch of Shan noodles at local family’s house will follow, giving you an insight into local people and their lives on the lake. Afterwards you’ll continue by boat to see the slower pace of life in the villages dotted along the edge of the water.
After a good night’s rest you can have a final look around the laid-back town and pick up some snacks for your journey before continuing your adventure through Myanmar.
A Shan Afternoon & Wine Tasting
Inle’s shoreline is just as intriguing as the lake itself and with this great day out, you’ll sample the rich history and culture of the Shan people first hand. Visit the former palace of the last Shan prince, see traditional handicrafts on display in local markets and pass floating gardens as you cruise the small canals with your knowledgeable guide. After a busy day, finish off your afternoon by sampling some of the excellent wines at the Red Mountain winery – cheers!
|£95 - per person|
Optional half day trip
Take a peek at the Pindaya Caves
For a fascinating 1/2 day out, why not check out the magnificent Pindaya Caves – a Buddhist pilgrimage site located on a limestone ridge close to Nyaung Shwe and famous for its impressive display of Buddhist iconography and art dating back to the 16th century. No other place in Myanmar displays such a range of unique images, ornamental thrones and décor. Many legends surround the caves including a hidden path to Bagan and tales of trapped princesses awaiting rescue by their prince! Your English speaking guide and return transfers are included and entrance fees ($3) are to be paid locally.
|£88 - per person|
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Swap to our Lakeside accommodation
If you would like something unique during your trip then opt for our lakeside extension. You’ll spend the night on the lake in a rustic bamboo cottage hut which overhangs the water for your first night, with stunning views from your wooden deck. Afterwards you’ll head to nearby Nyaungshwe where you will spend two nights in the same family-run guesthouse as our standard trip.
Prices from: £ 285 - per person - Lakeside accommodation