Home to a myriad of local and migrant tribes, from the Pa’O, Palaung and Danu to the Shan and the Inthar.
Unique folk architecture has created villages, shops, schools and businesses on stilts over the lake.
Farmers have uniquely adapted to their environment by making large floating gardens of water hyacinth and silt to grow flood and drought resistant crops.
The lake’s iconic fishermen skilfully balance on the end of their canoes and row with their legs, leaving their hands free to fish in a practice found only here.
Ancient crafts abound, from the weavers who first span fabric from the local lotus plants, to century old silversmiths, carvers and other artisans.
The lush wetland ecosystem, a UNESCO biosphere, is home to 267 species of bird and the nesting place of the rare Sarus crane.
Over forty species of fish, otters and turtles lie beneath the surface including the endemic Inle carp and other rare species.
Around the lake and in the hills Buddhist sites of national importance draw pilgrims and tourists alike.
While adventurers and our guides have made the surrounding hills the foremost area in Myanmar for hiking, cycling and walking.
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WHEN TO VISIT
Inle has a very favourable climate for tourism: the dry season temperatures at this altitude rarely exceed 30 degrees,
the wet season has pleasant temperatures the 20s during day time, and rains only lasting 1 – 2 hours.
October to February
Temperatures in the daytime rarely drops below 20°c but our fires are lit in the rooms for the coldest nights and misty dawns in December and January.
March to May
The temperature rises steadily beneath crystal clear skies from February. Inle’s altitude makes it a hill station retreat from the heat and increasing humidity of lowland Myanmar.
The resort closes for rest and maintenance when the weather breaks in June.
July to September
Verdant green nature and full clear water in the lake, and the season when the lake can be your own. Rain at Inle falls in short spells with over 4 sunlight hours on average even in July and August.
Late September-early October
This is a big 18 day festival usually in October but dependent on the Buddhist calendar.
Late October-early November
A large festival where fire lanterns are launched at Inle and Taungyi lasting about one week, depending on the Buddhist calendar.
(MYANMAR NEW YEAR)
This is also a big festival celebrate throughout the country lasting about one week.
A unique religious festival of Southern Shan State celebrated in the town Nyaung Shwe, its date also dependent on the Buddhist calendar. It celebrates the passing of examinations for over two or three thousand monks.