Drive up to the Shan Plateau and the town of Pindaya
Visit to a family home to see production of handmade paper and parasols
Large old Banyan trees
Our service includes:
Round-trip transportation between hotel in Inle Lake area and sites
Experienced and fluent English-speaking guide
Day 1: Inle Lake - Pindaya - Inle Lake
Your English-speaking guide and driver will meet you at your hotel at 09:00 a.m. and transport you approximately one and a half hours to the mountain town of Pindaya. From the Inle Lake area your drive will take you up into the surrounding hills and on to the Shan Plateau to visit the Buddhist pilgrimage site of the Pindaya Caves.
This incredible cave complex is located high atop a limestone ridge overlooking the town below. There are many legends surrounding the Pindaya Caves. One such legend is that a blocked-off path at the end of the cave once led to the ancient city of Bagan. There is also a story of seven princesses bathing in the lake below the caves and how they were captured by a giant spider to be held hostage in the cave only to be rescued by Prince Kummabhaya of Yawnghwe. A large sculpture of the spider and the prince aiming his bow and arrow have been added in recent times at the entrance of the covered stairway to the caves and makes for a great photo opportunity.
Inside the main cave you will explore the forest of Buddha statues that cover the interior. The many shrines, Buddha statues and ancient carvings create a truly unique experience as you move deep into the hillside and explore this mysterious cave complex.
Your next stop will be at a family home where the family’s cottage industry is paper making for the production of traditional Myanmar parasols. You will see the labor intensive process of the production of handmade paper and the skills needed to create traditional intricate paper parasols. There will be time for shopping before you tour continues.
A short drive then takes you to a park area of Pindaya which is covered by 200 year old Banyan trees. The trucks and branches of these ancient marvels cover huge areas of the park. In this area local visitors like to have photos made of their children sitting on horses or perched on the branches of the mighty trees.
Afterwards your driver will transport you back to your Inle Lake hotel.
Note: before you may enter this holy site you must be properly dressed with your shoulders and knees covered. You will also be required to remove your shoes and socks to enter all Buddhist temples in Myanmar.