Inle Lake& Environs
Inle Lake is on the plateau of Shan State. It is in
Nyaungshwe Township, not far from Taunggyi. It is 22 km long and
11km wide. Inle Lake is situated 1328 meters above sea level and is
surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Shan State .It can be
reached by car or flight via Heho from Yangon.
Inle Lake is well known for its floating
villages and gardens, traditional handicrafts and silk weaving,
colorful markets, traditional method of fishing, the native
Inthas (son of the lake) who one legged rowers complete each
year during Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival in September/October.
A visit to Myanmar would be meaningless without visiting Inle
Taunggyi, the capital city of Shan State in the
eastern part of Myanmar, is known for its scenic beauty and pleasant
climate. Taunggyi is a pine clad hill station about 1500 meters
above sea level. Taunggyi is situated about 500 km north of Yangon
and about 100km southeast of Mandalay, which can be easily reached
by road from Inle Lake, Mandalay, Yangon and Bagan also by air as
well. The local market is well known throughout Myanmar. Heho, an
airport for southern Shan State, Taunggyi and Inle Lake is situated
Kalaw is about 1320 meters high above sea level and
is surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Shan State. Kalaw is
situated 71km west of Taunggyi and about 660km from Yangon. It is
pleasantly cool and a good place for trekking while enjoying the
scenery of rugged mountains, bamboo groves and fragrant pine trees.
Visitors can make interesting excursions around Kalaw. The town is
setting within trekking distance of many ethnic minority villages.
Trekking to Palaung tribe villages is wonderful. Most of ancient
Myanmar hill tribes such as Palaung, Pa -O and Shan ethnic with
their interesting traditional styles living up here and there.
Pindaya, situated about 45km north of Kalaw, is a
peaceful town. It is an interesting experience to visit Pindaya and
its' Cave. Pindaya is beautiful with small Bottalote Lake in the
centre of the town. This small town is famous for extensive lime
stones caves called Pindaya Cave in which over 8000 old Buddha
Images are seated. The road from Kalaw to Pindaya passes through
Pa-O and countryside of magnificent scenic beauty.
Kakku lies 26 miles south of Taunggyi, sharing
border with Naung Mon Township in the east. Kakku, a unique temple
complex of more than 2000 stupas has lied hidden in the Pa-O
heartland of Southern State for centuries. Unknown to the outside
world and to most of Myanmar until recently, these exquisite
monuments can now be visited. A day trip from Inle Lake is