Inle Lake - the southern side
Inle is Myanmar’s second largest lake, covering an area of over forty square miles. Home to several animal and fish species that are found nowhere else in the world, its ecosystem is unique, as are the Intha, the people who live in cities and villages around the shoreline as well as on the lake itself. Most visitors head to its bustling (by Burmese standards) northern edge, but canny travellers looking for a quieter, more authentic experience head to its southern shores and down into the Shan State.
What to expect around southern Inle Lake...
Slip away from the popular northern edge of Myanmar's beautiful Inle Lake to explore the lesser known towns and villages to the south; fascinating local customs and traditions thrive amongst the region’s diverse tribes, and there’s a huge amount for you to experience.
One such remote village is Sagar. Linked by a tributary to the main body of water, and well away from the tourist hotspots, Sagar is one of the most beautiful places in the Shan State. Its more remote location means you can enjoy a more involved, immersive experience and appreciate the scenery with a little more peace and privacy.
Take some time to explore the area and you’ll find scenic mountain ranges, rushing waterfalls and placid lakes, all waiting to be enjoyed in relative solitude compared to the more popular holiday spots. The region is also home to tribal communities including Pa-O, Shan, Kayah and Inntha villages.
Enjoy a comfortable night’s stay at Little Lodge, a wonderfully traditional wooden guesthouse. Accommodation isn’t the height of luxury, but it has everything you need, including a hugely friendly welcome. The selling point of Little Lodge of course is its surroundings - stunning views over the lake and surrounding valley make for a truly unique and memorable experience.
Location: Sagar, Myanmar
Duration: 1 - 3 nights
Accommodation: Little Lodge, a traditional wooden guest house with views over Inle
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Our client said...
'Inle is all beautiful, but the north is admittedly a bit 'touristy'. The southern shores, though, were virtually empty of visitors - such a privilege.'
Important to note...
Be aware that if you’re travelling in February or March then low water levels can sometimes be a problem.