INLE LAKE EXTENSION
3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS
44.9 square miles at an altitude of 2,900 feet.
This charming lake is surrounded by lovely mountain ranges. Its fishermen (or Inthas “sons of the lake”) have made it famous by standing on one leg at the back of their dugout canoe and moving it forward by turning the other leg around the boathook. They created this ancient technique to avoid contact with the algae that live in the lake. This method then leaves them with both hands free to fish.
DAY 11: BAGAN – INLE LAKE
Enjoy breakfast this morning before we transfer to the airport and fly to Heho. Once in Heho, we’ll be welcomed and transferred by bus through the superb, undulating countryside of the Shan Hills to the village of Nyaung Shwe, the tourist hub on Inle Lake — with a stop in the pretty wooden monastery of Shwe Yan Pyay.
You’ll enjoy lunch in a restaurant and in the afternoon, we’ll visit the monastery at Nge Phe Chaung, which has a wonderful collection of Shan Buddha statues and is famous for its jumping cats, and the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the main sanctuary at the lake. There will be stops on the way to watch the fishermen and the small boats collecting the algae from the bottom of the lake to use for floating gardens. If time permits, it may be possible to visit a silk workshop in the village of Inpawkhone, a traditional Cheroot factory (the Burmese cigar), a Dinandier workshop (where they work with embossed silver), and a dugout canoe maker in Nampan. We’ll have dinner and stay overnight in the Inle Resort Hotel (superior class) or similar, an ideal location on the banks of Inle Lake.
DAY 12: INLE LAKE - SAGAR
You will begin your day with breakfast in the hotel. This morning, we’ll set off in a traditional motorized dugout canoe for a full-day excursion to the south of the lake. We’ll travel up the Belu Chaung to the village of Sagar (2-hour journey from Kyauktaing). We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch at Sagar Monastery. Fifteen minutes away from Sagar, you will find the Takkhaung Mwedaw complex. Its pagodas bring back memories of Sagar’s glorious past when it was the capital of a Shan State. Some pagodas are covered in vegetation and others are half-submerged in the waters. After our visit we’ll return to Inle Lake and you’ll be transferred to your hotel. You'll enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 13: INLE LAKE – HEHO – YANGON
The following program will vary according to your departure time: If your flight leaves late afternoon, the program will be as follows:
Enjoy breakfast this morning before we transfer to the Heho Airport and fly to Yangon. We’ll arrive late morning and transfer to the town center to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Afterward, we’ll visit the Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market). Its 2,000 little shops offer a wonderful choice of local craft ware and typical Burmese items from all over the country: fabrics, precious stones (jade, rubies and sapphires), woven basketwork and bamboo, lacquer work, puppets, antiques and so on. You’ll have some free time for some last minute shopping.