2 days in Inle Lake – what should you do?


Your trip in Myanmar would be incomplete without visiting Inle Lake. Considered as a “jewel” of Burma, Inle Lake with its charming landscape and unique culture of Intha people will definitely bring you a wonderful vacation. There are lots of interesting things to do in here, so if you have only 2 days to visit, what should you do? Here are some travel guides for you.

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Getting to Inle Lake

Inle is the second largest freshwater lake in Shan state, Myanmar. The lake is located at an altitude of 800m above sea level with an area of 116sqm. To get Inle Lake from Yangon, you can take the flight to Heho Airport which is about 30km away from Nyaung Shwe center or take the night buses from Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay such as JJ Express, Shwe Taw Express, Elite Express,… Another option is renting a boat to go Inle at Nankan Canal boat landing.

Inle Lake (via Aye Yar River View Resort)

2 days to discover Inle Lake

Day 01: Enjoy the amazing scenery and take pictures

In the morning

When arriving the bus station or Heho Airport, you should take a taxi to go the town of Nyaung Shwe, costing about 6,500 kyats. After that, the driver will take you to the ticket station at the town’s entrance to buy ticket visiting Inle Lake. The Nyaung Shwe town is located in the north of Inle Lake where is the home to Shan, Intha, Pa-O, Danu, Taung-yo and Kayah people. It also offers a variety of hotels and restaurants for you to stay and dine.

Before taking boat trip on Inle Lake, you should take a taxi to go the town of Nyaung Shwe (via Vagabond Urges)

Where to stay: Nyaung Shwe also offers a variety of hotels and restaurants for you to stay and dine. For the convenience of visiting the lake, you can choose the riverfront hotels but they are quite expensive. Therefore, if you want to save money, you should stay in the hotels situated about 500m away from the lake which offer an affordable price, about 20 – 25 USD/room/night.

Have breakfast with Shan dishes: The hotels in Inle Lake often provide you many options for dining, from Shan specialties like Shan noodles to Western dishes such as strawberry jam or bread served with butter, fresh fruits and fruit juices.

After having breakfast at the hotel, start to rent a boat to visit Inle Lake. You can rent the boat right at your hotel to discover the beauty of the lake from the early morning to late afternoon. The cost for hiring a boat all day, from 9am to 6pm costs about 15,000 kyat, a boat can carry up to 5 people. You also can visiting the morning market at Ywama village after visiting the lake.

Boat trip on Inle Lake (via life to reset – WordPress.com)


Have lunch at one of restaurants surrounding Inle Lake, you will have chance to enjoy the famous dishes of Myanmar. After that, you take a short break and continue the journey to visit traditional villages. Come here, you can buy cheap products to bring back as a gift for your family.

Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda: Here you can watch the performances of black cats at Jumping Cat Monastery at Nga Phe Chaung village.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda in Myanmar (via asean travel)

Day 02: Walking around Nyaung Shwe

  • Have breakfast at the hotel and then visit Mingala Market, which is located near the Mong Li canal.
  • Have lunch at Mai Li Restaurant to enjoy many delicious dishes from fish and beef, chicken eaten with special sauce, sweet and sour pork ribs to mixed vegetables,…
  • Late afternoon: return to Yangon and finish the journey to explore Inle Lake in two days.

The above is some travel guides for visiting Inle Lake in 2 days. Hope that with our information, you will have a perfect and enjoyable trip. Read more travel tips, things to do and attractions in Myanmar, please visit our website. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments. You also can subscribe and like this article if you feel it is useful!