This vast picturesque lake, 900 meters 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.
A place we cannot miss in our itinerary is this scenic beauty of Inle Lake so at least a one-night or two-nights stay is strongly recommended.
A second night is required for those with time; extra nights allow for visits and trek to Inle Lake and Kalaw surrounding.
The most convenient way is to fly from Yangon to Heho, which is the nearest airport to the lake.
There are daily flights to Heho from Yangon which take about one hour. The flight from Mandalay to Heho takes only 20 minutes. Traveling by car along the uphill and winding road over the Shan Plateau, thought taking about 6 hours is interesting and well-worth taking. There is also a regular train service via. Thazi Junction to Heho and Shwenyaung, the nearest station to the Lake
Kalaw is another hill station, located 1400meters above the sea level and It is 61 km from Inle.
This hill station was popular in the British days and it is still a peaceful and quiet place.
It is also pleasantly cool and a good place for hiking through bamboo groves and rugged mountain scenery.
The main attractions of Kalaw are the town itself, with its mock-tudor colonial bungalows, its ethnic mix of people, and it's setting within trekking distance of many ethnic minority villages.
Pindaya is a small quiet beautiful town perched on the bank of the placid Botoloke Lake.
Pindaya cave is a huge extensive limestone cavern where eight thousands of Buddha images in various size and shape are installed since the 11th century not only the images with also decorated with beautiful stalagmites.
The winding galleries and nooks and corners are ideal places of insight meditation since the olden days.
Huge monastery compounds with numerous pagodas and temples in different stages of dilapidation are much respected by such ethnic groups as the Shans, Danus and Paos living in the environs of Pindaya