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    Inle Lake ( Nyaung Shwe )

    One of the most picturesque spots in Southeast Asia, Inle Lake sprawls at about 30km south of Taunggyi. This vast picturesque lake with its mesmerising beauty is situated 1328 meters above sea level and surrounded by hazy Blue Mountains. In fact INLE LAKE and surrounding region is an outstanding alternative to the historical sites of BAGAN and MANDALAY. It is best known for its villages built on stilts over the surface of the Lake and gardens on floating islands created from mud and reed. Inthar's (native lake-dwellers) glide about on the lake in their boats, propelled by one leg rowing. Although Inle Lake and the leg-rowers are the most famous attraction in the region, there's more. Some highlights of INLE are PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA (home to five Buddha Images, said to have brought back to Myanmar from southern Thailand over 700 years ago), the 200-year-old wooden NGA PHE KYAUNG MONASTERY (a place to see the lovely "Jumping Cats"), and YWAMA VILLAGE (formerly floating market site). As the only mode of transportation is boat and motorboat, Inle is figuratively named the "Venice of the East"


    Phaung-Daw-Oo Pagoda

    The Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda in Inle Lake is one of the famous principal shrine in Myanmar, this pagoda houses five small Buddha images which are much revered by lake dwellers. The Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda Festival is held on the eve of the full moon day in Thadingyut (in October) and takes about 18 days. Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda Festival has become one of the most famous festivals for international tourists. The pagoda's four of five Buddha Images are displayed and carried around the several villages of the lake on a huge golden royal barge which is the form of the mythical Karaweik Bird. by hundreds of leg-rowers for 18 days until they arrive back at their home shrine again. Villagers nearby and pilgrims of the whole country come to pay homage to the Images. And they can enjoy more of traditional leg-rowing boat races.

    Nga-Phe-Kyaung Monastery (Jumping Cat Monastery)

    The 200-year-old wooden NGA PHE KYAUNG MONASTERY is a place to see the lovely "Jumping Cats".

    Floating Plantation

    The resourceful Inthar's learnt that by gathering floating weeds and tethering them together, they could create plots of land on which they could grow vegetative and flowers. Thousands of floating gardens plots supplies vegetables to the region.


    One of the small villages of Inlay Lake located on the western bank of the lake. A Buddha image has enshrined at a whitewashed stupa, which is on the summit of a hill. Below the stupa around the hill are cluster of hundreds of ancient stupas most are ruins overgrown with bushes. The pagoda hill is quiet and calm. One could feel the pleasant cool breeze with the sweet rings of the bells hanging at the umbrella of the stupa. Mesmerizing view from pagoda hill release the fatigue and refresh everybody who ascend to the peak. 
    This mysterious place is at the end of the marvellous Indein creek, which connected with Inlay Lake just after the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. The creek is narrow with many twist and turns. Since the both sides are paddy fields you can see the farmers ploughing and harrowing by water buffaloes. At the lunch time while groups of farmers having lunch the water buffaloes enjoy themselves dipping in the creek. At many places in the creek the farmers dam up the water by bamboo barriers to irrigate the paddy fields. Indein water is not only useful for irrigation also for bathing and washing cloths. It is compulsory to see Novice monks, buffalo boys and village girls wash and swim in the creek.

    Around Inle

    Pindaya is a small picturesque town, situated about 45km north of Kalaw. The journey from junction road AUNG PAN to PINDAYA is breathtaking in many ways with panoramic mountain views; resemble the southern parts of Italy. Pindaya is noted for its natural limestone Caves housing over 8,000 Buddha Images of various sizes, made from teak, lacquer, marble, alabaster and cement, and an enormous lake surrounded by shady giant Banyan trees. On market days, one can find different national races residing in the region gathered at the market, buying and selling the products of the area. During the tour to southern Shan State one should not miss to visit PINDAYA.


    Kalaw is located about 71 km in the west of Taunggyi. It is a peaceful summer resort nestled in pine-clad mountains. There are several interesting hill-tribes living in the environs of Kalaw. These hill-tribes in their colourful costumes coming to Kalaw market add to the tranquil lure of Kalaw.


    Taunggyi is situated over 1,400 meters above sea level. It is the capital city of Shan State in the eastern part of Myanmar. It is a popular summer resort with its scenic charm and pleasantly cool climate. Another attraction of Taunggyi is Hot Air Balloons Festival held in November every year.

    KakkuMyanmar Travel : Kakku

    You can visit one-day exploration tour from Taunggyi to Kakku situated in the land of the Pao tribes. Pao people earn their living by farming and live peacefully in their villages still maintaining their traditional culture and devoutness to Buddhism. In Kakku you will discover a unique and magnificent collection of more than 2000 Stupas in a 1 square kilometre. These centuries old Stupas are unheard of by many historians and unlisted in tourist guide books. There is also a huge natural limestone cave that ought to visit.


    Shan State has been described as the land of picture postcard setting by many travellers. Holding almost a quarter of Myanmar's land area, it is often hard to find the exact word to describe to its beautiful scenery. Among the most scenic town in Shan State, the one you should not exclude is KYAING TONG. It, formerly known as Keng Tong, is the capital of the Eastern Shan State and locates at the centre of the world known "Golden Triangle" Region. Beautiful mountains where you can visit one-day trekking explorations to the ethnic minority villages of Akha, Lahu, Wa, Shan and other mountains-tribes surround this picturesque town.


    It is a small town on Thai-Myanmar border with a small creek called Mai-Seng. There is a busy market full of Myanmar, Thailand, and Chinese goods. For the travelers who want to go further up to Kyaing Tong should have to get through the necessary formalities.