4-Day Journey Over the Shan Hills – Kalaw to Inle

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 4 Days

tour highlights

  • Full day boat tour to Indaing to see 14th-18th century pagodas
  • Explore the 5-day rotating markets where can see life-style of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha people
  • Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and surroundings
  • Learn how to make traditional handicrafts
  • silk weaving in local workshop
  • Drive to Kakku, via Taunggyi to visit a faszinating range of pagodas in the Pa-O territory

tour details

A visit to Lake Inle with a tour to Kalaw, a former British Hill Station. Wander around the town, visit the clean and interesting local market, quiet train station and drive pass the colonial style houses to absorb the atmosphere of a bygone era. Visits during these 4 days also include Indaing near lake Inle, the floating gardens and the mid lake Pagoda.

Arrive Heho airport and drive to Kalaw (34km, about 1'bd hours), formerly a British hill station. Visit the local market and the tiny railway station. After lunch, check-in at your hotel. Lunch at Seven Sisters Restaurant
Afterwards, start walking to Myin Ma Hti, an ethnic Danu village (approximately 3'bd hours). The route takes you through the pine forest for an hour, after which you will be among fields where potatoes, mountain rice and vegetables are grown. These are still worked by oxen and water buffalo - no machines or tractors are used. Working the fields is often a family affair - you may see young family members helping their parents Myin Ma Hti is known for its 313 metre-long limestone cave, containing many Buddha images. Your car meets you here and brings you back to Kalaw.
Accommodation at Royal Kalaw Hills Resort (Deluxe Room) or similar, Kalaw.
In the morning, visit the local market, the tiny railway station and perhaps walk up the hill to see the Catholic church (if open). From Kalaw, drive down to Nyaung Shwe (48 km, about 2 hours) on the edge of Inle Lake, stopping on the way to visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery. Lunch at View Point Restaurant.
Board your private local boat to take you to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat trip on the lake. Inle Lake is a photographer's dream. Its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic high hills provide the perfect backdrop. See the lake's unique leg rowers - the Intha people who row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar - and the floating gardens, where vegetables and flowers are cultivated by the lake-dwelling Intha people. Continue by boat to Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake, containing exquisite 200-year-old Buddha statues. Stop to see silk weaving on wooden handlooms. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State, which is home to five gold leaf-covered Buddha images.
Accommodation at Golden Island Cottage Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Inle Lake.
This morning, you enjoy a boat tour to Indaing, at the western end of the Lake. Pass through the busy village of Ywama, the largest, with many channels and tall teak houses on stilts; and enter a long, often tree-lined canal, either side of which farmers cultivate their land. Lunch at Golden Kite Restaurant, Indaing.
Disembark at the jetty and walk for 15 minutes through Indaing village to reach the 14th - 18th century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak. Many pagodas here remain charmingly unrenovated, with plants and even small trees growing out of them, making the area very atmospheric. A covered walkway popular with souvenir stallholders leads up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather-beaten 17th - 18th century zedi; some newly reconstructed. Return to the boat jetty with a leisurely 'nature walk' through the trees, and travel back across the lake, stopping at a blacksmith's forge, and other places as time allows.
Accommodation at Golden Island Cottage Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Inle Lake.
Transfer by private boat and vehicle from Inle Lake to Heho airport for your onward journey.


Our tour prices are included of:

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Brealfast and L=Lunch)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides
  • Boat fees
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Accommodation at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


Not included are:

  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Peak season in general is between 15 December to 15 January and 13-17 April
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)



  • Hotel prices for packages are quoted bases on hotels as mentioned or similar. Higher or lower categories can be requested and the price will be adjusted. The hotels featured in the package tour are subject to availabilities at the time of booking.
  • Meals at respective hotels are also included in the hotel prices if the itineraries mention lunch or dinner at hotel.
  • Additional charges during Festive Season: Christmas, New Year and the Water festival period may apply.
  • Supplements for compulsory Gala Dinners will be advised at the time of booking.
  • All hotels have special booking and deposit conditions and will be indicated at the time of booking. Nonrefundable deposits may be required.
Tour code: HEHDI4KLI

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