Destination: Inlay Lake & the environs in Shan State

Destination Climate: Mild – generally warm with cooler evenings

State Borders: Kayah State, Kayin State, Mandalay Region, Sagaing Region, Kachin State, China, Laos & Thailand

State Size: 155,800 sq km / 60,155 sq miles

State Capital: Taunggyi

State Population: 5.8 million (2014)

Destination Lineage: Shan, Bamar, Han-Chinese, Wa, Lisu, Danu, Intha, Lahu, Ta’ang, Pa-O, Taungyo, Indians & Gurkha

Destination Languages: Intha, Myanmar/Burmese & limited English

Destination Religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam & Hinduism

How To Get There

Inlay Lake (also known as Inle Lake) is a scenic highland lake in Shan State. It is easily accessible by plane from Yangon, Bagan or Mandalay to Heho airport. From there it is a 35km journey by road to Nyaung Shwe, the main “marina” for pick-up by boat. The Shan capital Taunggyi is accessible by either road or rail from where you  then proceed to Nyaung Shwe. Typically, a motorised boat is the best way to explore the lake. The traditional non-motorised one-legged rowing canoe is also enjoyable.

Inlay Lake

Inlay Lake is located in the heart of the Shan Plateau. 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 are the Lake dwellers who are unique for their leg rowing. Leg rowed traditional boats are the main ceremonial attractions of the Inlay Lake.

Inlay Lake Wildlife Sanctuary

Inlay Lake Wildlife Sanctuary is a wetland sanctuary and located in Nyaung Shwe, Pinlaung and Peh Kon Townships of Southern Shan State. It covers an area of 642.32 square miles (1663.51km2) and was established in 1985. This sanctuary is to conserve and protect natural vegetation, wetland birds and fresh water fishes in Inlay Sanctuary.

Kakku Pagodas

Kakku Pagodas are Asia’s largest and most spectacular wonders. The Pagoda complex has over 2,400 stupas with origins dating back many centuries. Kakku is about 33 miles (53km) from Taunggyi, Shan State.



Kalaw stands 1320 meter above sea level on the western edge of the Shan Plateau. It is 70km west of Taunggyi, about halfway along the Thazi-Taunggyi road. This was a popular hill station in the British days and it is still a peaceful and quiet place. It is also pleasantly cool and a good place for hiking amid gnarled pines, bamboo groves and rugged mountain scenes.

Khaung Daing Hot Spring

Khaung Daing Hot Spring, located 27 miles (43km) west of Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State of Myanmar is famous for visitors to take pleasure in the beautiful landscape around it.

Khaung Daing Village – Inlay

Khaung Daing is the native village on the northwestern shore of the Inlay Lake in Shan State. It is known for its production of soybean cakes and noodles. There are some interesting Shan style temples just outside the village. A little north of Khaung Daing is the Khaung Daing Hot Spring.

Nee Paya (Bamboo Buddha Image)

It lies in Pinmagon Monastery of Pinmagon Village, Kalaw Township, south of Shan State. It was estimated to be established in First Inn-wa Period over 500 years ago. It is eight feet four inches high. It is noted for its longevity, its prevention of fire, and its wish granting powers.

Nyaung Shwe Market
5-day market, opened only on every 5th day, is very interesting spot for tourists. Women from various hill tribes who live in the Inlay region come to sell their home crafts, products, fruits and vegetables in this market.
One Tree Hill

One prominent Landmark of Kyaing Tong is the One Tree hill. This is a Kanyin Phyu Tree (Dipterocarpus Alatus) growing on top of the Soam Mom Hill on the outskirt of the city. It stands alone on the hill so that how the name was given. It is nearby downtown area of Kyaing Tong and planted in 1753, which is 218ft (66m) height.

Or Yaw Village

Or Yaw is a quarter of Pindaya and the main business of the native people is agriculture. On the other hand they enjoy pottery and handicrafts making. They produce water pot, flower vases and toys for children.

Pan Wai Village

Pan Wai village is situated near Kyaing Tong. You can visit there about 15 minute drive from Loi Mwe village. You can observe the tradition of Lahu people living there and the old colonial style houses.

Pa-O Village

Most of the Pa-O tribes live around southern Shan State and there are many Pa-O villages in Shan State. They live on agriculture and especially they grow cigar leaves, garlic, wheat and peas.

Palaung Village

The Palaungs, who mainly live in the Kalaw area in Shan State, belong to the Mon-Khmer. It  takes about two to four hours through the hills to the village of the Palaung tribe. At first a steep track leads down into a narrow valley where the Palaung cultivate tea, damsons and mangoes on the hillsides. The track across the valley floor and then climbs very steeply again to the Palaung village of Pinnabin, which sits on top of a hill.

Pawri That Pagoda

The pagoda was built by Shan Chief-Si Sanpa in 600 years ago. It is located on the way to Nyaung Shwe. The original stupa was built by Bamboo mats. Pagoda festival is held every year in full moon day of Tabaung (March).

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda is situated in Inlay Lake in Shan State. One of the most dazzling and magical places in Asia. It is a famous principal shrines in Myanmar and it houses five small Buddha images.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Market

It is situated on the precinct of the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and opened daily. Local pilgrims and foreign visitors can buy different products of Inlay region as souvenirs.


Pindaya is a quiet town perched on the bank of the placid Pone Ta Lote Lake. The Pindaya cave, containing thousands of Buddha images, is one of the interesting destinations in Inlay region.

Pindaya Cave

The ancient caves are about one mile southwest of the town, and can be reached by car. Except  for the young and energetic, the best way is to go leisurely be horse-cart to the foot of the hills, reserving your energy for the 200 steps up the covered stairway leading to the cave entrance and for exploring the huge meandering maze made up of numerous caves.

Pyadalin Cave

Pyadalin prehistoric cave is situated on the western slope of Shan State, Ywangan township, Pindaya district, Southern Shan State. This cave was firstly discovered in 1960. The rock paintings are seen in the cave.


Tachileik is located on the Myanmar-Thailand border in the eastern Shan State, upgraded as a gateway to the heaet of the Golden Triangle. The Friendship Bridge across the small Mae Sai stream links Tachileik with the northern Thai border town of Mae Sai.

Talot Market

It is well known as China Town and the largest shopping centre in Tachileik. It is nearby Myanmar-Thailand Friendship Bridge. It offers a variety of local products as well as commodities made in Thailand and China.


Taunggyi is the caital of Shan State, Myanmar. As of Taunggyi is at an elevation of 4,712ft (1,436m) above sea level, it is hill station and gate way to Kakku Historical Zone.


Natural Garden

This Garden is situated on the Nam Khan hill. The hill top offers unforgettable sunset views of the city. There has an entertainment hall. Sometime it is celebrated with traditional performing dance such as padaung, toenaya (Chinese Dragon) and Kanayar (kayar).

Natural Hot Spring

San Thida Recreation Center or Natural Hot Spring is situated beside the Nam Khan-Bam