Indaing by Boat

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: Afternoon / Morning

4 hours    English    Inle Lake

tour highlights

  • Picturesque boat journey across Inle Lake and later through a channel going uphill through locks
  • Short walk through the local village to reach ruins of 14th-18th century pagodas
  • Walking along a lovely shady path to the small charming village to watch local life on the bank

tour details

Explore the traditional village of Indaing during this half day tour. Indaing is reached through a narrow canal going upstream over narrow locks made out of bamboo. The site then is discovered by gentle uphill walking through a bamboo forest. The ruins of Indaing date back to the 17th century. Indaing is located on the western side of Lake Inle.

Why choose this tour?

  • A scenic boat trip through a narrow canal to Indaing where the spellbinding ruined pagodas lie
  • An alluring scenery of leg-rowing fishermen, floating gardens and stilt houses on the way

tour description

Travel by long-tailed boat across the lake to Indaing, at the western end of Inle, for one of the most scenic trips on the Lake. Passing through the busy village of Ywama, the largest on the Lake, with many channels and tall teak houses on stilts; enter a long, often tree-lined canal, either side of which farmers cultivate their land against the backdrop of the Shan Hills. 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 (stupas); some are newly reconstructed. Return to the river and continue by boat downstream past Yethar village, watching local life on the banks and birds in the trees until rejoining the lake near Phaung Daw Oo Paya. Return back to your hotel in Inle Lake.

customise the tour

  • Combine with half day Inle Lake boat trip
  • Visit Indaing 5-day rotating market (if your visit coincides)
  • Browse and shop at the shops on the stairway to Shwe Inn Thein pagoda
  • Unlimited photo opportunity during the tour


  • Transfer from/to hotel
  • Boat
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


  • Inle Lake Zone Fee
  • Meals
Tour code: EXIHIBBB

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