Inle Lake is one of the most charming places in Myanmar and offers visitors a colourful combination of magnificent scenery and fascinating cultural life. The lake itself is perhaps best known for the unique leg rowers who use incredible skill and dexterity to steer their boats around the lake, many catching fish as they go. Elsewhere there are stunning floating gardens, villages built on stilts over the lake itself and even a lakeside monastery where the monks have trained cats to jump through hoops.
This is no ordinary place and a visit here is highly recommended. We would recommend at least a two night stay so as to appreciate the wonders that Inle Lake has to offer. Longer stays would enable more extensive exploration and allow a visit to the pagodas of Sagar on Inle's 'second' lake.
Visits to Inle Lake can easily be combined with trekking in the Shan Hills and often it makes a welcome end to a one or two day trek to wind up at a lakeside chalet where you can watch the world go by.