If you are planning a trip to Myanmar, you will definitely want to visit Lake Inle. The culture and beauty surrounding this lake is something that has to be experienced in person.

Lake Inle is located in a serene valley with a calm atmosphere. There are tiny islands floating in the lake along with many stilted villages standing tall. The locals use handmade canoes to travel to and from the islands. As you can guess, there isn’t much modernization here – as the people still live the way their elders have for many years. Their lifestyle is very simple yet effective.  They use tools hand made from materials found from the nearby hillsides.

There are a few must see destinations located around Lake Inle. If you travel along the western shore, you will come across a path that leads to the Inn Thein Pagoda. Hundreds of farmers still make a living using traditional farming methods in this area. At the northern part of the lake, there is the small town of Nyaung Shwe. From here, you can take a boat trip to view some of the surrounding floating gardens or simply relax in the natural ambiance of the lake.

One particularly mesmerizing sight near Lake Inle is Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. There are five sacred Buddah statues located here, although they may not look like a traditional Buddah. These statues have had layers of gold leaf applied to them for many years. These layers began in the 12th century as gifts from believers.

Lake Inle in Myanmar is a destination that provides a calming mix of culture, history and ambiance. Anyone looking for a trip filled with self-discovery will love their time in Myanmar.

Enid Glasgow