Mesmerizing visitors with its picture-perfect sights, the Inle Lake Region is a refreshing change to the historical attractions of Bagan and Mandalay. It boasts of the picturesque Inle lake, the fascinating Pindaya Caves and the cool and colorful hills towns of Taungyi and Kalaw. Another Unique and different facet of the Golden Land. Nestled among the hazy Shan Mountains, 900 metres above sea level, its glassy blue waters running 14.5 km in length and 6.44 km in breadth is the picturesque Inle Lake – certainly one of the most magical sights in South East Asia. The lake is not only a beautiful sight to enjoy, but also a practical home to the native Inthas( sons of the lake ), who live on the lakes in stilt houses with their neatly cultivated floating farms and nurseries. The lake is famous for its leg-rowers, who propel their boats by standing at the stern on one leg and wrapping the other leg around the oar.
The truly unique Inle Lake leg-rowers and fishermen cannot be missed as you glide through the waters on your boats on a dream-like adventure. The presence of many ethnic groups in the area also makes it a captivating place of much cultural interest.The main attraction of Inle Lake is the famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda situated in the middle of the lake. The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda houses 5 solid gold Buddha Images that are carried around the lake on a gilt barge pulled by hundreds of leg-rowers. Every October, both local and foreign pilgrims and visitors would flock to the Pagoda for its annual festival.Other points of interests are 16th century pagoda complex of Indein, Nga Pe Chaung monastery, Silver smith factory, silk weaving factory and floating market.The most convenient way is to fly from Yangon to Heho, which is the nearest airport to the lake. There are daily flights to Heho from Yangon which take about one hour. The flight from Mandalay to Heho takes only 20 minutes.Traveling by car along the uphill and winding road over the Shan Plateau, taking about 6 hours is interesting and well-worth taking.