Myanmar Travel

Inle Lake - Kalaw - Pindaya - Taunggyi - Kyaing Tong - Tachileik

Inle Lake

Inle, vast picturesque and the second largest natural lake is one of the famous highlight and situated in Nyaung Shwe Township of the Southern Shan State. Lying 900 meters above the sea level .The lake stretches about 22 km long and 10 km across, has a population of some 150,000, many of whom live on floating islands of vegetation. Inle lake, natural and unpolluted, is famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg-rowing of the Inthas, the native lake dwellers. All Inthas are Buddhist. They are very pious observing the Buddhist moral precepts on Sabbath days, going to monasteries, and Buddhist shrines to carry out works of religious merit. Interesting sightseeings in Inle lake are their market day, weaving, black-smith, silver-smith, paper-making, boat-making, cigar workshop, umbrella workshop and etc.. You can get fresh and relax feelings during your trip in Myanmar. Myanmar travel!

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

The most famous pagodas in Shan State. There are five Buddha images of 12th century. When the King from Bagan visited this area in 12th century, he donated these Buddha images. Because of the pious Buddhists guild gold leaves on images, now the buddha images transform as round. Phaung Daw Oo pagoda festival celebrate in October and these Buddha images are brought by village boats and resided village by village everyday. Myanmar travel!

Indein Pagoda

Indein means shallow lake, connected with small canal to big inle lake. Indein village located the other side of Inle lake and also the starting point to go up to many tribes’ villages on the mountain area. Around Indein village is nice landscape with bamboo forests, paddy fields, old monasteries. The main attractions in Indein are groups of ancient pagodas from centuries ago. Over thousands of Indein pagodas were lost in jungles for centuries and now maintain by the government. Myanmar travel!


Kalaw is a typical small town in Southern shan state. Situated 1400 meters above sea level and so the weather is cool all the year round and chilli cold in winter. It is also another hill station and many of the Tudor-style houses and English gardens of colonial days remain. Around the town, there are shan mountains to make nice trekking trip to visit the tribe villages from kalaw. The old station, kalaw market is interesting. Making half day trekking and one night stop in Kalaw is nice. If you would like to make trekking more, you can stay more days. Myanmar travel!


A small and charming town about 45 km from Kalaw is Pindaya. Landscape from Kalaw to Pindaya is very nice with different colors of plantations. Beautiful lake near the center of town and many big ficus trees around the town are symbol of Pindaya. Pindaya well know for its extensive limestone caves. The caves are set deep in the hillsides and there are at the entrance, a 15 meter high Shwe U Min Pagoda. Inside there are some 8000 Buddha images and interesting stalagmites. Around Pindaya also many hill villages and visitors can make trekking to these villages. Myanmar travel!

Shwe U Min Cave (Pindaya Cave)

Famous cave with full of ancient Buddha images in different styles. Shweumin or Pindaya cave formed 200,000 million years ago. The caves are stocked full of Buddha images (8094 in total) many covered in gold leaf and carved by the locals at the end of the 17th century in a variety of styles. There are also numerous stalactites and stalagmites. The stupa inside the cave was built by King Alaungsithu from Bagan in 12th century. Legendary that the young prince saved seven princess who were closed inside the cave by the webs of huge spider was interesting and visitors can see the prince and spider statues at the entrance of the cave. Myanmar travel!


Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State is situated over 1430 metres above sea level. It is a hill station, cool and pleasant all the year round and a few of the typical ‘hill station’ houses still remain. The market on every fifth day is crowded with ethinic minrities in their traditional dresses. From Inle lake to Taunggyi takes about an hour. Hot air balloon festival which celebrate in November is the most famous attration of the town Taunggyi and full of local and foreign visitors go and see the festival. Myanmar travel!


If you have enough time or extra day at Inle lake, you can go and visit Kakku. About nearly 2 ½ hours drive from Nyaung Shwe. Kakku is the place of the collections of thousands pagoda from 12th century. On the way to Kakku you can visit the famous winery and vineyard before you arrive the capital of the state, Taunggyi. You can visit also the capital of State. Between Taunggyi to Kakku there are many Pao tribe villages. You can visit some village beside the road to see the life of tribe people. Myanmar travel!

Kyaing Tong

Kyaing Tong is the capital of Eastern Shan area and also the capital city of the Golden Triangle region. Near border with Thailand. Four countries of China, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos all have stakes in the triangle. Myanmar’s part of the Golden Triangle is a big one and takes up a fair chunk of Shan State, including the trakking destinations of Kyaing Tong. There are so many different groups of people living in the area around Kyaing Tong. Akha, Akhu, Lisu, Lahu, Shan, Wa and Eng are the larger groups and more easily to visit. Myanmar travel!

Eng Tribe

Another larger groups in the Golden Triangle is the Eng. If you visit the Eng villages, you will never forget the experience for one major reason. Eng women chew a variety of jungle betel nut that stains their mouths black. Accourding to the Eng culture, women with black teeth and mouths are considered beautiful. Traditional dress for the Eng consists of a shirt or jacket depending on the weather and their black costumes are made within the village itself and never as generously as the Akha. Myanmar travel!

Akha Tribe

The Akha people are a true hill tribe and they almost always live in relatively high altitudes and survive in that climate by slash-and-burn agriculture. The Akha people are highly distinctive, with the women donning silver-decorated headdresses and jewellery. Akha women are skilled weavers and each village is certain to have at least a handful of looms tucked away within it. Around Kyaing Tong, Ho Kyin four Akha villages are interesting. Akha people are Buddhist, Christian, and also Animists. Myanmar travel!


Tachileik, located in the Golden Triangle area, is the border gateway opposite Mae Sai in Thailand. Tachileik is also home to a replica of the Shwedagon Pagoda that sits atop a hill overlooking the town. From the tourist market it’s a decent walk to the site but numerous motorcycle taxi drivers and tuk-tuk drivers will offer to take you