After breakfast, visit the daily market on the lake, which rotates every five days between villages surrounding the lake. Proceed to Inthar Heritage House, which serves as a restaurant, vocational training center, organic garden and even a home for Burmese cats.
After a welcome drink (Shan tea, fresh juices), the staffs will show you the cooking area. Next the chef will present you the menu, give details about the class, ingredients and cooking methods. After this introduction, they will show the vegetable gardens and pick the ingredients for the meal. Back to the kitchen, it’s time to begin preparing a series of traditional Inthar and Burmese dishes. The head chef will explain each step while students from the vocational training centre assist with the cooking. Typical dishes include mint fish soup, long bean salad, fried spring onion and Burmese chicken and potato curry. Once the dishes are prepared, you can sit down and enjoy the meal you just cooked yourself (Coffee/tea and one free soft drink, juice or beer are included).
After lunch, enjoy boat trip on Inle Lake - a photographer's dream. Proceed to the village of Inpawkhone to observe the traditional silk weaving techniques of the Intha people. Then visit a cheroot factory where local Burmese cigars are rolled by hand, before continuing by boat to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf.
If time permit, visit Khaung Daing Village on the northwest shore of the lake. This village is famous for its traditional Shan tofu - fried tofu crackers and folded, triangular tofu treats. Watch and even participate in the process of sifting soy beans, boiling them, mashing them into balls and then forming tofu cakes to dry in the sun. This is a fabulous taste of local life on Inle Lake.
Overnight in stay Inle Lake.
- Breakfast: Hotel
- Lunch: Intha Heritage House cooking class
- Dinner: -
Optional: Balloons Over Inle
Shan state is one of Myanmar’s most beautiful and culturally diverse areas. This exclusive balloon ride is a truly remarkable experience allowing you to venture off the beaten path and gain a unique perspective of the country and people. To fly over the lake in a balloon, has to be one of the most beautiful ways to see this wonder. You will see the morning fishermen looking for the first catch of the day, and boats laden full of produce on their way to the market by the immense labyrinth of canals. At higher altitude you will be amazed to see thousands of village houses seemingly floating on the lake.