Gay Tour to Blissful Inle Lake
Nestled at an elevation of 875 meters (about 3000 feet), between two parallel mountain ranges, giant fresh water Inle Lake offers the true taste and color of Old Burma. Here you will spend much of your time traveling by longboat from place to place, visiting huge intricately-carved teakwood temples and whole villages on waterlogged stilts. Few experiences in Myanmar could be more restful than gliding though the clear water as you enjoy the beauty of these far-flung Shan States.
Day One: Heho, a Forest and a Lazy Boat Trip
Your private car, driver and guide meet you at charming Heho Airport and drive you across a heavily forested mountain range and down into the Inle Valley. Then a lazy afternoon on the lake to see how life revolves around water in the Shan States. You will see men rowing boats with their legs, floating gardens and livestock pens and other oddities. You might want to venture to a nearby hot spring to enjoy a soak, or maybe a relaxing massage.
Inle Lake is almost like a magical fairy tale filled with unusual things to see... floating farms, oarsmen rowing with their legs, and pagodas that might have been imagined by Dr. Seuss. You will also see colorful local markets and perhaps even a festival. This high-altitude volcanic lake is cool, clean, and ringed with fascinating villages and temples. Of all the places we offer in Myanmar, none are as exciting for photographers as Inle Lake. Most of our guests in Inle Lake never want to leave, so we recommend three or four nights here. To keep you occupied, we have some fantastic day trip to places like Kakku and Taungyii, and even a "slow train" that will take you through the unspoiled rural countryside so you can do some "village spotting" one day.
Day Two: Longboat to Indein and a Local Market
After breakfast your guide is waiting to escort you to your private longboat. If it's a market day, you will visit the lakeside market first, followed by a stop at Indein Pagoda, with its kilometer-long corridor of handicraft vendors and its 16th Century funeral stupas.
Then a short ride to the to a nearby restaurant for a taste of the local delicacies. After lunch, you are ferried across the narrow waterway to visit the most sacred structure on the lake, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda with its famous five small Buddhas, the lake's guardians.
Later, you visit a floating weaving factory and glide through the extensive floating gardens. Return to the hotel via the Tha Le Oo Pagoda.
Day Three: Onward, or Stay Longer?
Nobody seems to want to leave Inle Lake. We can add another day to relax, see local vineyards and taste some wine, or perhaps a day trip to the spectacular and mysterious Kakku Valley.