Early in the morning, sail north to visit the picturesque village of Sin Kyun. Located just past Mandalay, this rural community is sponsored by Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy. Afterwards, transfer to the airport.
Alternatively, if taking a later flight, have time for a short tour of Mandalay, before transferring to the airport. Sights include the revered Mahumuni Pagoda and the Shwezigon-inspired Kuthodaw Pagoda.The city of Mandalay lies on the eastern banks of the indomitable Irrawaddy River and is the modern-day economic hub of Myanmar. Mandalay is almost a byword for exotic, yet nowadays the city centre has become standard modern fare. Look beyond the norm, however, and its backstreets and surrounding areas hold more than their fair share of culture and old-world charm.
Fly Mandalay to Inle Lake
A day on the lake
This morning ride in a private motorboat around the lake, to take in its natural beauty while visiting floating gardens, see some of the famous leg rowers and be welcomed into a local family’s house for a cup of tea.
On and around the lake, traditional markets are held in different villages according to a five-day rotating schedule. Visit one of these colourful markets frequented by Shan and PaO people. There will also be time to visit a local cheroot factory, where the Burmese cigars are made, floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo pagoda, Intha Heritage House, where Burmese cats are bred, and if you wish, a local weaving factory.Nestling in a valley of the Shan plateau, Inle Lake is a spectacular freshwater lake at an altitude of almost 3000 feet. It is notable for its inhabitants, known as the Intha people or 'leg rowers', who developed a culture that has survived for centuries. Floating markets and the surrounding villages make this a fascinating place to visit during a trip to Myanmar.
You will be staying at Villa Inle Resort & Spa