Your English-speaking guide and boat will meet you at your waterfront hotel at 9:00 a.m. and transport you to out on to Inle Lake to explore its unique aquatic life.
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 explore the lake’s unique floating gardens that produce an abundance of vegetables and herds. Also on your cruise you will encounter some of the many fishermen 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. Along the way you will visit one of the local daily markets that move each day in an effort to support the water dwelling villagers’ needs.
You will then head to the western shore of the lake to visit the hidden and mostly-unknown Inn Dein Pagoda complex.
Your visit to the Inn Dein Pagoda will begin with a climb up a long stairway to this lakeside complex of temples from the 12th Century.
In the late afternoon, return back to the middle of Inle Lake to visit a lake village where local craftsmen show you how Burmese cigars, or cheroots, are traditionally rolled and packed.
You will then end your day with magnificent sunset canoe ride where your boatmen will gracefully navigate and row perched on one leg. You will then be transported back to your waterfront 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.