The Inle Lake area is absolutely gorgeous. The food is notorious for causing illness with travelers (and it hit my girlfriend and I quite hard), but aside from that factor, there are tons of little cultural finds to enjoy from the floating villages, to the fishermen, to the temple ruins, to local puppet shows.
It was a photographer's paradise.
A beautiful part of Myanmar,very remote and close to nature but a bit too inaccessible.Any trip to the closest town or sights to see comes in at a hefty $15,although that does cover a boat for the day and a designated boatman for the day.
You can see the famous fishermen on the lake,beautiful floating gardens and some wonderful religious places of interest.
Don't pay the $10 entrance fee! It's extortion and discrimination against foreigners. My Burmese girlfriend didn't have to pay, so why should we? Just to access a town where people live? Everyone refuse and let's cause some change
Area is very nice, different from all other places in Myanmar, boat trip on the lake probably a must, worth to see several sightseeing and the daily life on the lake, as well as the countryside areas closed to the lake.
People very friendly, but maybe pushing a little bit too much on tourists for boat trips. The village is very small, though it offers several dining options, small convenient stores, agencies ecc.
I think this is the best part about Myanmar. It is very picturesque, relaxing and a romantic place. Would recommend staying in one of the resorts in the lake and there are some good hiking spots near Inle Lake.
Do stay here longer than any other place...
If you are travelling around Myanmar for the first time, this is one of the places to visit. The boat rides with the visits to the work shops and interesting sites are a must with friendly staff and people.
Also a place to relax on the boat and treat yourself to a spa at the local hot springs after doing Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay.
If travelling solo it is worth saying to the travel agent you want to share a boat trip and probably wait until the next day as I ended up paying just $7 for a full day trip which was a great experience.
The weather was surprisingly awesome at this area. The view is beautiful and the villages living on Inle lake was something I have not experienced before, with the floating farms, and pagodas on water.
It was just incredible.
The scenery around the lake is very beautiful. We can see fisherman fishing, floating market, floating garden with tomato plants, birds flying across your head, blue sky with different cloud patterns.
We enjoy the whole boat trip!
The lake is very nice and the area very green, nevertheless, besides taking a bike tour and a boat tour on the lake, there is nothing much more you can do, besides relaxing in a nice hotel of course.
Red mountain would also be good for trekking.
This area is beautiful. My recommendations are to hire a boat and spend a day on the lake visiting the floating gardens (great for bird watchers like ourselves!), the weaving village and temples.
Another day we also hired bikes and really enjoyed riding round parts of the lake, again visiting temples and waving and talking to all the very friendly locals.
Calm lake and beautiful mountain. The other main attraction is one leg fisherman paddling the boat. When travelling in Inle Lake, do remember to wear a hat as the afternoon Sun is very hot.
It is thoughtful of the boat ride vendor to provide umbrella to shelter the Sun.
The lake is very special. A lot of the activities are on the lake, but there are also very good opportunities for biking and trekking and visiting places around Inle/ Nyaungshwe.
Really beautiful location - mountain and lakes. Was surprised to find out that lotus's fibre can also be used to make clothing - it is very expensive, though.
We stayed here 2 days: 1st days for the Boat-trip on the lake 2nd days for the Temple, cafe shop, restaurant, the RED MOUNTAIN with the WINERY and take a walk
Wonderful place to experience the unique life of the locals living around Inle Lake. Lots of shopping and sightseeing attractions around the lake.
Inle Lake has amazing sights with its lake and villages around it. It is also an amazing place for trekking with beautiful villages and landscape.
Locals are extremely hospitable and makes visitors flirt with envious, the locals' contentment in life. It's truly an fabulous place for nature lovers, at the same time with excellent food quality and choices. Night market makes it enjoyable for decent street food tasting too.
Inle Lake is not a town! Stayed in Nyuangshwe at the north of the lake. Has a backpacker feel to it with some nice restaurants and local hotels.
Good local shops and markets.
Beautiful views from all sides of the lake and from the water. Make sure you go up to the Red Mountain winery for the great view from there.
We had fun discovering all the workshops on the lake including weaving, silversmiths, boat builders and cigarmakers. We also had fun mixing with the locals on our walking tours.
The lake is lovely but the town is dusty, dirty and boring. Nothing to do in town but a fabulous temple complex on the other end of the lake.
Watch out for the garbage fires and the endless dust. Bring a mask and an oxygen tank!
For Nyaungshwee (town name) no much to do, you just need 1 day for boat trip and half day for cycling to see things around the town.
Considered quite distance from Heho airport (almost 1 hour) so 2 nights is max stay recommended if 1 night too tight for you. Weather was pleasant especially for us whom got heat from Bagan (44 C).
A wonderful place to visit where you can relax and enjoy tranquility of this area which appears to be in balance with the nature.
Lovely oasis in the heat. Lush and green and a complete change fro Mandalay or Bagan. One of the cleanist places in Myanmar.
Great cooking school, Red Mountain vineyard is a must in the afternoon for tasting and a meal. One of the best kept secrets in Myanmar.
It's OK they are very used to tourists here unlike a lot of other places in Myanmar so a lot of thngs are over priced.
Pretty place to be but not very much to do after you have seen the lake and been on a bike ride.
So many shops inside the lake. Better visit this lake with a local member then you may find what you need in there.
We only stayed 1 night, but would have preferred 2-3. Very relaxing place with amazing sights and unique culture.
in one day you may see a lot butg not all. do not forget to see inle town itself. here you need one day as well
It was April, but the weather was not exceptionally hot. Life on the lake is lovely. Very relaxing visit.
The boottrip Should be done by any tourist coming to this area.price in jan 2016 was 15.000Ky per person.
Tour take 7 Nice hours. What to see? Juwerely, cheroots, weaving, swords, plantations, houses on the water, pagodas, boatbuilders, Thea, women with long neck, etc
Inle lake is beautiful but having a whole day in the lake is not neccessary. Half day tour is better.
Beside the lake there is Red Winery, view is good, not so far, is ok place to go. The central is quite boring to me, especially at night.