INLE & ENVIRONS
Inle lake is located in the heart of the Shan hill of Myanmar. It is a beautiful highland lake, 900 meters above sea level. The lake is 22km long and 10km across and inhabited by many different ethnic nationals of the area. The Intha people are the lake dwellers who are unique for their leg rowing. Leg rowed traditional boats are the main ceremonial attractions of the Inle lake.
ATTRACTION PLACES TO VISIT
Indein is a small village that connects to the main Inle Lake by narrow canals is a major highlight in the region. You will see the unique leg-rowing fishermen stand up on their boats with their hands casting net for fishing and watch the farmers in their canoes tending to their floating gardens. A trip to the village can be a fantastic, authentic experience as you will see the weather-beaten stupas and watch people go about their daily life.
The floating gardens on Inle Lake were made by native people, Intha. They grow vegetables on floating islands which are collection of floating weed and water hyacinths. These floating islands can be cut, dragged by boats and ever be sold like a piece of land. Floating gardens can be found mostly in Kaylar, Inchan and Zayatgyi villages.
PAUNG DAW OO PAGODA
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda is a notable Buddhist site in Myanmar, located on the Inle Lake in Shan State. It houses five ancient images of the Buddha that are completely covered in golf leaf. Surrounding the Pagoda, and in the basement are shops selling traditional Shan and Burmese merchandise. Once a year, the Lights Festival coincident with Phaung DawOo Pagoda festival from end September to early October.
RED MOUNTAIN WINERY
Red Mountain Winery is located on the side of the famous Inle Lake, lies just a few kilometers west of Nyaung Shwe. Red Mountain Estate produces the best wines of the country. Since the beginning, the wines are produced with locally grown grapes. All of the 400,000 plants have been imported from France and Spain and the variety chosen after experimentations. The wines are made in the tradition of western wines with all new technologies and modern equipment.
Sakar Village is a quaint village isolated from other villages in Inle. Sakar is the site of a ruined royal capital with ancient monasteries and pagodas at the southern end of Inle Lake. It was established in 1479 and has a population is about 1300.
Kakku Pagoda - one of the Asia’s largest and most spectacular ancient monuments is a wonderful Pagoda. Some 2,500 pagodas most of similar shape and size, are found in long rows closely put together in a square field. Most stupas date from the 17th and 18th centuries. Kakku is located in the Shan State. Kakku is in the territory of Pa-Oh people.
Taunggyi is the capital and largest city of Shan State, is situated on a high plateau surrounded by high mountains. The atmosphere is conducive to good health especially by means of the salubrious mountain air. Taunggyi is a great destination to explore. Taunggyi Balloon Festivals is one of the crowded and famous festivals in the country. It is held at the end of rainy season, November.
Kalaw is an old hill station with a laid back atmosphere, refreshing climate and scenic views in the Shan State of Myanmar. It is 70 km west of Taunggyi about halfway along the Thazi-Taungyi road. Kalaw is also known as Myanmar’s trekking mecca. It is a peaceful, quite place, bamboo groves and rugged mountain scence.
GREEN HILL VALLEY ELEPHANT CAMP
Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp is a very unique place that is efficiently run by Tun Win Maw who has been around elephants all of her life. Surrounded by the stunning, forested scenery of Kalaw, guests to the elephant camp will meet, feed, wash and interact with the seven resident elephants - who are cared for by the mahouts (elephant caretakers) and the resident vet. These elephants have been rescued from the logging industry - having been "retired" by the government - and are now living out their senior years in the peaceful sanctuary of Green Hill Valley.
BLUE WATER LAKE
The beautiful small blue lake is located in Taw Kyal Village, Ywar Ngan Township, close to Taunggyi. This lake name is Mya Thabait and situated on the way to Pindaya from Aung Ban. It becomes popular attraction because of its crystal clear water. The lake is in a small ravine near the village and is reached by a concrete stairway.
PADAH LIN CAVES
Padah Lin Caves are limestone caves located in Taunggyi District, Shan State. It is located near a path from Nyaunggyat to Yebock, on a spur of the Nwalabo Mountains within the Panlaung Reserved Forest. Padah Lin Caves are consist of two limestone caves and the most important prehistoric sites in Myanmar. The caves were written in the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Tentative List in 1996. The most suitable time to visit is during the winter.
Pindaya is a small quiet town in the Shan State, Myanmar. It is located in the west of the state in Pindaya Township in Taunggyi District. Pindaya cave is a huge cavern where hundreds and thousands of Buddha images in various size and shape are installed since the 11th century. The winding galleries, nooks and corners are ideal places of insight meditation since the olden days.
Loikaw is the capital of Kayah State; one of the least visited but can found more picturesque places. It is located in the Karen Hills area, near the State’s Northern tip, just above an embayment on the Pilu River. The state is home to mountain-top pagodas, volcanic lakes, mysterious caves and a vast array of ethnic groups, including the Padaung (long necks women). The famous religious landmark of Loikaw is the Thiri Mingalar Taung Kwe Pagoda Hill.
TAUNG KWE PAGODA
Thiri Mingala Hill or Taung Kwe Pagoda also called the ‘Broken Mountain’ lies in the south of Loikaw, Kayah State. It is 387 feet high. The mountain top Buddhist temple is the most famous sight. Various pagodas can be found on multiple layers of broken mounds. Its stunning panoramic views of the town and countryside are really breathtaking.
PAN PET VILLAGE
The Kayan people and long-neck women (who traditionally wear rings on their neck) reside in Pan Pet Village. Trekking to their villages offers breathtaking sceneries of beautiful panoramic view. Making friends with them and learn about their traditions, language, handicrafts and ways of lifestyle is worthwhile to visit.
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