Your English-speaking guide and boat will meet you at your waterfront hotel at 09:00 a.m. and transport you out on to Inle Lake for a full day of exploration.
Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar with an estimated surface area of 44.9 square miles and an average depth of around 7 feet of crystal clear fresh water.
Aboard your boat you will see the many villages made of houses built on stilts that dot the lake, as well as encounter some of the many fisherman that work on the lake. The fisherman still use the traditional methods of rowing their canoes with one leg while using cone shaped fish traps and nets to catch fish.
Your first stop along your journey will be to visit one of the local daily markets that move each day in an effort to support the water dwelling villagers’ needs.
A three-hour boat ride takes you to a remote corner of the lake to view the ‘sunken’ stupas of Sagar. Here there is a complex of 108 stupas from the 16-17th centuries that are partially underwater for a few months a year. You will also visit the local monastery and be able to interact with the monks.
You will then continue to the village of Thaya Gone and the home to the Pa-Oh, Shan and Inthar people. This friendly village filled with smiling faces is known for its production of a fiery homemade rice wine. Here you will observe the ancient production method and have the opportunity to taste the results of the villager’s efforts.
Your final stop will be to explore the Sae Khaung pottery village. You will witness the crafting of larger oil and water pots from local clay and get chance to see the impressive natural, underground kilns used by the villagers to fire the pots.
Afterwards your boat will transport you back to your lakeside 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.