Inle is the second largest freshwater lake in Myanmar, located at altitudes of over 800m above sea level so the weather in here is always cool. Your trip in Myanmar would not complete without visiting this charming lake. In this article, we would like to share with you some useful tips so that you can have a perfect holiday in Inle Lake.
When is the best time to visit?
Inle Lake is an ideal destination for relaxation in Myanmar. Because the weather in the area is cool all year round so you can travel here whenever you want. However, if you would like to combine both visiting Inle Lake and exploring local culture, you should come here in September – October because many festivals are took place at this time. Let’s spend at least 2 – 3 days to discover all the beauty and participate in exciting activities in here.
Where to stay
Inle Lake is considered as the best place to stay in Myanmar. There are many accommodation options for your choice, from luxurious resorts to budget hotels and motels. Depending on your needs, you can choose the most suitable hotel to stay in Inle Lake. Here are some suggestions for you:
- Sanctum Inle Resort (Maing Thauk Village, Inle Lake, Nyaung Shwe Township, Shan State, Myanmar): is one of the most luxurious resorts in Inle Lake and Myanmar. With 96 modern rooms, the cheapest price for a double rooms is 113,38 USD, you will be enjoyed all the best services from restaurant, bar to spa, fitness center, … If you love to stay in quiet and high standard room, this resort is a perfect choice.
- Shwe Inn Tha Floating Resort (Address: Inle Lake, Nyaung Shwe Township, Southern Inle Lake): features 40 rooms with the price from 53,67 USD/night. This is a 4-star resort in Inle Lake, offering a great view of the lake. With convenient location, reasonable price and well-equipped facilities rooms, it is one of the great resorts in here.
- Hotel Brilliant (Location: Aye Thar Yar Main Road, Site Pyoe Village, Nyaung Shwe, Southern Shan State): This 3-star hotel only offers 21 rooms but they are very eye-catching and cozy. With the room rate of only 30,33 USD for a double room, it is known as the best budget hotel you should stay in Inle Lake.
Inle Lake – what to do and see
Sightseeing the lake by boat
You can rent a motor boat in Inle Lake to enjoy the lake view. They depart from 9am and return in the late evening with the price of 15,000 kyat, each boat can carry up to 5 people.
The boat will take you to the middle of Inle Lake to admire its majestic beauty and see the boatmen who use only one leg to row the boat and catch fish. After a morning on boat, you can visit the Ywama market, where you can buy the traditional souvenirs in Inle.
Then the boatman will bring you to the famous attraction in Inle Lake – Jumping Cat Monastery where cats were trained to dance and perform all sorts of acrobatics near Mandalay. They also take you to the village of the long neck people in Inle. You would be very excited when realize that they have appeared on a program of Discovery Channel.
Cycling along Inle Lake
After taking a boat tour on the lake, if you love to discover the peaceful beauty in here, you can rent a bicycle at your hotel to visit the villages. You will be heard the local people talk about their daily life in English and how they harvest moss in the lake to grow tomato and bitter melon.
Dining and shopping
Food in Inle Lake bring the typical features of Myanmar’s cuisine with the unique dishes are green tomato salad with garlic vinegar, fried vegetables, grilled shrimp and sticky rice. You can enjoy fine dining at the restaurants on the lake, View Point Restaurant at Nyaungshwe village or central market to taste local dishes at affordable price.