Inle Lake, one of the most beautiful areas of Asia, is quickly growing popularity with tourists. Inle Lake is situated in the valley between two mountain ranges in the Shan State. The tranquility and uniqueness of weather, landscape and culture attract tourists to visit Inle Lake. The scenic picture of the fishermen rowing the boat using one leg wrapping around the oar, the houses on the stilts, and the floating gardens could not see anywhere else except the Inle Lake.
Inle Lake Highlights
The houses of Nampan Village are the wooden house on the stilts. You can find factories of hand-made cheroot, a local cigar in the village and the Alodaw Pauk Pagoda, one of the oldest shrines on the Inle Lake. It is white stupa enshrining a marvellous Shan-style Buddha. At the north of the village, you will find the floating gardens. There have the variety of vegetables and flowers grown for the villagers’ consumption and trade with other countries. This agricultural method is one of the unique aspects of life on the lake as the villages can harness nature to develop these floating gardens.
In this village, you will find the floating market selling the local handicrafts and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, one of the holiest pagodas in Shan state. Buddhist worshippers around Myanmar come to visit this pagoda. The pagoda has five ancient Buddhas that covered by the gold leaf.
Maing Thauk Village
Half of the Maing Thauk is on the land and the other half of the village sits on the stilts. The long wooden bridge connects the two parts. Further up the side of the mountain, you will find the Maing Thauk Forest Monastery, where you can see all over the Inle Lake.
Crumbling and atmospheric groups of ancient pagodas including Nyaung Oak and Shwe Inn Thein Paya are a must of Indein Village. Nyaung Oak is behind the village. The pagodas decorate with the sculpture of mythical creatures like naga serpents and Chinthes. Shwe Inn Thein Paya is on the top of the hill. At the center of the Shwe Inn Thein Paya, there is a shrine believed it was built by King Ashoka.
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival
Every Burmese month of Thadingyut at Inle Lake, there is an 18-day festival called Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival. It features the passage of four revered Buddha images around the villages of Inle Lake on the barge. Another highlight of the festival is long boat races, using the renowned local leg rowing style.