The lake, 22 km long and 10 km across, has a population of about 150,000, many of whom live on floating islands of vegetation. Inle Lake lies about 30km south of Taunggyi. This vast picturesque lake is situated 900 meters above sea level surrounded by hazy Blue Mountains. It is best known for its floating villages and gardens on floating islands. Innthas (native lake-dwellers) move about on the lake in their boats with unique way of one leg rowing. Inle Lake is figuratively named the “Venice of the East”. A colorful floating market also attracts tourists from the world over. The lake is richly endowed with pagodas and monasteries as anywhere else in Myanmar. Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda is regarded the holiest religious site in the southern area of Shan States. Trekking can be arranged from several hours to a day hike surrounding the lake area. It’s a place we cannot miss in our itinerary as is the scenic beauty of the Inle Lake , so at least one or two nights stay is strong recommended.
The capital city of Shan State is Taunggyi and the largest state in Myanmar. It’s the main important city of trade and situated 1430 meters above sea level, has a population of about 120,000. The town has an interesting market place daily filled with colorful ethnic tribes.
The Kakku relic pagoda of the southern Shan State, which only recently has become one of the most visited places in Shan State. It is situated near Mway Taw Village, Kakku village tract, Taunggyi township, under the administration of special region, about 25 km away from Taunggyi.
It is 61 km from Inle, this was a popular hill station and still a peaceful and quiet place. At an altitude of 1320 m it is also pleasantly cool and a good place for hiking through bamboo graves and rugged mountain scenery.