Things to do in Shan State

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From Nyaung Shwe: Full-Day Boat Trip on Inle Lake

1. From Nyaung Shwe: Full-Day Boat Trip on Inle Lake

Start with a 07:30 pick-up from your hotel in Nyaung Shwe and walk to the jetty. Explore one of the  Five Day Markets (on market day only). By visiting Five Day Markets, you will get an insight into the lifestyle of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha inhabitants who came to these markets to sell their goods. Enjoy a full-day boat trip on Inle Lake – a photographer's dream due to its calm waters 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. Pass endless floating gardens, where fruit and vegetables are grown. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake. See ancient Buddha statues which are more than 200-years-old. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. Then, visit Inn Paw Khone village to see a silk & lotus weaving workshop, blacksmith workshop and cheroot (Burmese cigar) workshop. Lunch will be served at one of the local Myanmar restaurants. In the afternoon, enjoy another boat tour to the western shore of Inle Lake, where you will find the beginning of a stair path leading to the well-hidden Indein pagoda complex. The boat will take you through a long channel where you will watch farmers cultivating their produce. This ride will be one of the most scenic boat tours on Lake Inle. Return back to your hotel by boat.  

From Nyaungshwe Area: Kakku Pagoda Day-Trip with Short Trek

2. From Nyaungshwe Area: Kakku Pagoda Day-Trip with Short Trek

You will be picked up from your Inle Lake or Nyaung Shwe accommodation and begin the journey to Kakku by car. Stop off along the way to visit a local market, before continuing to Narbaung. From Narbaung, walk for about 1 hour to Htampaya as you admire the stunning scenery. Pass through several farms and visit an ancient cave. At the end of this short trek, a car will be waiting to proceed to Kakku. Stop to enter the ancient Phyu Nge monastery before Kakku, then enjoy lunch at the Hlaing Koon Restaurant. After lunch, discover the beautiful Kakku Pagoda Complex. Explore the ancient Buddhist stupas aligned in parallel rows, covering a distance of almost one square kilometer.  In the evening, depart from Kakku and return to your accommodation in the Nyaungshwe or Inle Lake area.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 36 reviews

We had an amazing day out on the lake.Thida our guide was fantastic giving us all the information we needed without overloading us.The boat driver slowed down as soon as he saw our cameras were out or if he spotted a photo opportunity. The itinerary was full but planned well so that you had plenty of chances to relax as well. The sunset on the way back was the crowning glory of the day. Fantastic!