An overview of Inle Lake

Inle Lake (and the region around it) is undoubtedly one of Myanmar’s most beautiful locations. Set amongst rolling grills hills and mountains, the lake is home to a range of rare species – some of which are not found anywhere else in the world. One of the best ways to experience Inle Lake is via a traditional long-tail boat that will allow you take in this majestic location at a relaxing pace. Although the region is renowned for its stunning beauty, the area is also home to a number of uniquely fascinating cultural sites, including stilted villages that are home to the various indigenous groups that live there, and several important religious sites such as the Nga Hpe Kyaung (jumping cat) monastery.

In the villages dotted around the lake you’ll find some fabulous local restaurants that offer authentically rare foods and regional delicacies that include Burmese curries, soups and of course, seafood. A number of important festivals take place at various points throughout the year too (check in advance to avoid disappointment) such as the Thadingyut festival of lights and the Hpaung Daw U Festival.Therefore, regardless as to whether tourists are in search of either nature or culture, Inle Lake will cater exceptionally well for both groups and should be considered a must-see location for those with sufficient time.