Inle Lake and Indaing Experience

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: All day

10 hours    English    Inle Lake

tour highlights

  • Visit to Indaing
  • Visit to the floating gardens
  • Stop at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery with beautiful wooden Buddha statues
  • Visit a silk and Lotus weaving centre

tour details

Full day tour by long-tailed boat to Ywama, and Indaing, where numerous Shan stupas dot the hillside. This full day tour around the lake introduces floating villages and gardens, leg rowing fishermen, pagoda, monastery and handicraft workshops.

Why choose this tour?

  • A perfect opportunity to explore the enchaing Inle Lake and Indaing by a private boat
  • Catching the best parts of beautiful Inle Lake; leg-rowing fishermen, floating gardens and stilt houses
  • Visit to Indaing where the century-old ruined pagodas remain

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; some newly reconstructed. Lunch at Mr Toe's Restaurant.
Afterwards, enjoy the boat trip on Inle Lake - a photographer's dream. Its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic hills provide the perfect backdrop. See the lake's unique 'leg rowers' - Intha fishermen who row standing up with one leg wrapped around a single oar, leaving their hands free to manipulate the conical fishing net. Stop at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. Pass endless floating gardens, where Intha lake dwellers grow fruit and vegetables. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest on the lake, where you can see exquisite Buddha statues which are more than 200 years old. Return to your hotel by boat as the sun lowers and the light softens over the lake. Stop to see some traditional handicrafts - silk-weaving on wooden handlooms and a blacksmith's forge. After that, return back to your hotel.

customise the tour

  • Visit Indaing 5-day rotating market (if your visit coincides)
  • Shop some souvenirs at local workshops
  • Unlimited photo opportunity during the tour


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


  • Inle Lake Zone Fee
Tour code: EXIFLIEB

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