Inle Lake

Shan State is the biggest state in our country and covered with mountains and dense forests. There are many places to visit in Shan State and you will need many days to see these places. The most popular destinations are Inle Lake, Pindaya Caves, Kalaw, Sagar,  Taunggyi, and Kakku. Popular activities are trekking, biking, elephant ride and bird watching. Moreover, Shat State is one of the few parts of Myanmar where home-stays are possible. The Shan/Danu/Palaung and Pa-O tribes are some of the friendliest people in the country. 


The Inle Lake area has various activities to celebrate throughout the year. In October and November every year, we have very famous and exciting festivals where various minority and ethnic groups gather to celebrate festivals during full moon period. Many activities are held, most famously the leg-rowing boat competition on Inle Lake and the annual hot air balloon festival in Taunggyi.

Kalaw is base camp for the treks in the area. It’s a simple, attractive town and there is not much to see, but it serves as a useful stopover for those coming from Bagan, or from overnight or day return treks. There is also an Elephant camp nearby, where you can enjoy a ride on an elephant.

Pindaya is famous for its large caves, where thousands of Buddha images of various sizes are enshrined inside. You can also see traditional Shan paper and umbrella making in the village nearby.

Taunggyi and Kakku

Taunggyi is a capital of Shan State, and hosts a famous hot air balloon festival each year. On the outskirts of Taunggyi are many vineyards. About a 30-minute drive from Taunggyi is a sacred grove of ancient Shan style stupas in Kakku. Here, you can meet some ethnic pilgrims and discover the distinctive Buddhist stupas. 


About a 3-hour boat ride on the South end of Inle Lake is a village called Sagar. On the way there are many interesting things to see: the weaving of lotus fibre shawls; pottery village; rice liquor making. When you arrive in Sagar, row around the sunken stupas half-submerged in the water, and learn the interesting story of these stupas from your Pa-O guide.


A town that few tourists visit, well hidden in Kayah State, which is also the home of the famous “Long Neck” people. Nowadays, it is very rare to see the long-neck women, as the influence of modern culture is taking over the younger generation, and “Generation Y” practice most of the traditional rituals except wearing the ring around the neck. Loikaw can be reached by a boat trip on the lake or by land. In general, we propose one-way by boat and return by land, so you can discover some other villages along the way and encounter some local festivals. From October to January we celebrate a lot of local and countrywide festivals all over the country. We need to obtain a travel permit if you want to visit this area, so we may need a few weeks advance notice to organize the necessary paperwork.

Trekking and biking both offer unique experiences of culture and nature. The Inle Lake area has a variety of choices of treks or biking routes with different levels of difficulty. A walk or ride over the mountain around Inle Lake will give you a chance to know more about the highlander’s ways of living, their culture, and the local economy. Along the trek you will cross many villages, plantations, and monasteries and will have a chance to enjoy the stay at a local house. 


For years now, we have been involved in community projects, starting with the construction of a public library available to all children of Bagan, Our activities have grown over the years and we will continue to offer our time and resources to help those most in need in our country.

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