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Inle Lake

Inle is Burma’s second largest lake. It sits nestled between the Shan hills and is home to nearly 100,000 minority Intha people, who live in stilted villages on the lake.

The best way to experience the lake is by taking a boat to explore the villages and floating gardens as well as the temples and colourful markets. You’re sure to see the unique fishermen, who use their leg by wrapping it around the paddle to drive the blade through the water in a snake like motion. There are a number of craftspeople based on the lake producing cigars, building boats, making jewellery and weaving the famous Burmese cotton shoulder bags. It can be quite misty in the mornings and the evenings but these are the best times to get on the water.

You might like to visit Burma’s only winery, which is just on the outskirts of Nyaungshwe Township or get out and about on a bicycle and see some of the surrounding area, which is rich in bird life. It’s a very relaxed way of life on and by the lake and is a very welcome break from Burma's busier locations.

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Time: GMT + 6hrs 30mins

Flight time:

There are no direct flights from the UK to Yangon (Rangoon). The flight time is at least 14 hours.

Language: The official language is Myanmar (Burmese). English is widely spoken in major tourist destinations.


At least 6 months from the end of your trip, and with plenty of room for entry and exit stamps. A visa is required for British travellers and most nationalities.


Yellow fever vaccination is compulsory. Recommended vaccinations include diptheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, tetanus, cholera & typhoid. Malaria prophylactics recommended for some parts of Burma.



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