Take a Boat Tour of Inle Lake in Nyaung Shwe Area

About Inle Lake

Inle Lake is a freshwater lake located in the Nyaung Shwe area of the Shan state in Myanmar (Burma). It is approximately 22 km long and 11 km wide, with a maximum depth of 116 meters. The lake is famous for its unique ecosystem and the traditional way of life of the Intha people who live in the surrounding villages.

Boat Tour

A boat tour of Inle Lake is a must-do activity for any visitor to the area. The tour will take you around the lake and allow you to experience the local culture, see the floating gardens, and observe the unique fishing techniques of the Intha people.

The boat tour usually lasts around 3-4 hours and can be booked through a local tour operator or your hotel. The boats used for the tour are traditional long-tail boats, which are powered by a small diesel engine.

During the tour, you will visit several villages located on the lake, including the famous Inpawkhone Village, known for its silk weaving, and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, also known as the Jumping Cat Monastery. You will also see the floating markets and observe the traditional fishing methods of the Intha people, which involve using conical nets and balancing on one leg on the narrow boats.

One of the highlights of the tour is the beautiful scenery of the lake, which is surrounded by mountains and dotted with stilt houses and floating gardens. You will also see a variety of bird species and other wildlife, such as otters and water buffalo.

The approximate latitude and longitude of Inle Lake is 20.5864° N, 96.9107° E.

Tips for Visitors

  • Wear comfortable and lightweight clothing, as it can get hot and humid on the lake.
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Bring a camera to capture the beautiful scenery and the unique way of life of the Intha people.
  • Respect the local culture and customs, and ask for permission before taking photos of people.
  • Bring cash to purchase souvenirs and snacks from the floating markets.
  • Book your boat tour through a reputable tour operator or your hotel to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.