Although the outboard motors make boat trips around Inle Lake loud (we recommend earplugs), they're still languid and, more importantly, the reason visitors come here in the first place. Inle is Myanmar's second largest lake, 44.9 square miles at an altitude of 2,900 feet. Boats leave from the jetty in the village of Nyaung Shwe, where you'll be dropped off after the trip in from the airport; the ride from the airport is an hour, and it takes almost an hour to get to the southern end of the lake. Lining the narrow road where the airport vans leave you off are a handful of tiny travel agencies through which you can arrange boat trips, bicycle hire, and airport drop-off service. Expect to pay around $20 for a full-day boat tour and $14 for half a day. The only way to get to hotels on the lake is by boat; depending on how far south you are, expect to pay up to $14, though the price will drop significantly if you're using the same boatman (they are all men) for touring.
Inle Lake, Myanmar
Sep 3, 2015
The views on the surrounding Shan mountains from the boat are priceless. Inle lake is a natural jewel in Myanmar. It is a nice change of scenery after visiting all the temples and pagodas in Mandalay or Bagan. There are many options to make the most out of your stay on the lake: visiting by boat of course, but also biking in the surroundings villages, trekking in the Shan mountains or even kayaking around the floating gardens and houses on stilts.