This vast lake is located in the heart of Shan State which shares borders with Thai & Laos. And it climbs up to over 900 metres above sea level and outrageously beautiful. Inle Lake is located in the mountains so it is cooler than other areas. More than 30 hill tribes are living in the mountains.
This vast picturesque lake, 900 metres above sea-level, is one of the main tourist attractions in Myanmar. The lake, 22 km long and 10 km across, has a population of some 150,000, many of whom live on floating islands of vegetation. Inle Lake, natural and unpolluted, is famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg-rowing of the Inthas, the native lake dwellers.
Inle Lake, natural and unpolluted, is famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg rowing of the Inthas, the native lake dwellers. High hills rim the lake on both sides. The lakeshore and lake islands bear 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people.
How to get there
Bus and Express
There are Daily Expresses from Yangon and other major cities.
One can hire a car from a car rental agency or from a travel agent. Different types of cars, coach seaters are available.
The nearest train station of Bagan is Thazi and it can be reached from taking the trains to Mandalay. Bagan Express train runs across the countryside, which takes about 19 hours from Yangon.
There are daily flights from Air Bagan, Yangon Airways, Air Mandalay and Myanmar Airways to Nyaung U Airport, Bagan. The flight schedules may change from time to time depending on the weather. But this is the fastest way to explore Bagan.
Thanakha Inle Hotel is a charming retreat overlooking the picturesque Inle Lake canal and the magnificent Shan mountains. 26 spacious rooms and suites, all with different decoration, will welcome you for a breathtaking stay in Inle Lake.