Eastern Province of Myanmar

Shan State

The Shan State is the largest of all states and divisions in Myanmar. It is also known as The Shan Plateau. The average height of the Shan Plateau is (1000-1300m) above sea level. The climate is cool all the year round in most areas. It has an area of 15580 sq km with 52 townships and 1628 village tracts. The population of Shan State at present is roughly over 6 million. There are three regions in Shan State; Western, Northern, and Southern.

How to get there
The most convenient way is to flight from Yangon to Heho, which is the nearest airport to the lake. There are daily flights to Heho which take about one hour. The flight from Mandalay to Heho takes only 20 minutes. Traveling by car along the uphill and winding road over the Shan Plateau, through taking some few hours, is interesting and well- worth taking. There is also a regular train service via Thazi Junction to Heho and Shwe Nyaung, the nearest station to the lake.

Where to stay
There are newly built cottage-style hotels with modern facilities on the lake and modern-style hotels at Nyaung-Shwe which is the gateway to Inlay lake.

What to see
Inle Lake
This vast picturesque lake, 900 meters above sea-level, is one of the main tourist attractions in Myanmar. The Lake 22 km long and 10 km across, has a population of some 150,000, many of whom live on floating islands of vegetation. Inle Lake is famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg rowing of the Inthas (native lake dwellers), and the annual colorful ceremonial Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival. There are many traditional arts and craft items produced by gold and silver smiths, as well as colorful silk cloths weave by young damsels in traditional style..

Ywama village
The largest village on the Inlay lake; its streets are web of canals. There is some beautiful teak houses built on large wooden poles driven into the Lake bed. The main activity and attraction is at the floating market.

Phaung-daw U Pagoda
One of the famous principal shrines in Myanmar, this pagoda houses five small Buddha images. Once a year, in end of September or early October, there is a pagoda festival during which the four Buddha images are rowed around the Lake in a colorful barge. One always left at the Shrines.

Mine Thauk Market
A large and bustling market where one can find a real local atmosphere with a variety of products from the lake. Other places of interest in the lake are Paya Pauk Pagoda, Zakah village and Nga Phe Chaung Monastery.

The Lost Treasures of SAGAR Inn
Kakku or the Taung-to Pagoda complexes of the Shan State…has been hidden from the eyes of people from other regions, but there are living places of worship for the nationalities living in the area.The nationalities are no doubt astounded that a place, for many centuries was part of their history, which should generate so much excitement to newcomers.

On the banks of Belu Chaung, there is one unknown and mysterious village called "Sagar". In the old days when Sawbwa, or princes ruled the territory, Sagar was a principality with its own prince. By now all is left of Sagar are ancient pagodas and monasteries, and the once bury town is now a village hidden away from the world and almost forgotten.

Nowadays the nationalities who inhabit the area are Pa O, as hard working as they are good-hearted.The route to Sagar is in itself a journey of enchantment. The boat weaves through waters of Inlay and down South, beyond Taung-to village with its old pagodas, past Kyaing Kan Village where they weave monk's robes from fibers pulled from the lotus stems, a magical process not known anywhere else in the world.

The village of Kyauk Taing one passes by and must stop on a Market day as then a gathering place for the nationalities to see them arrayed in their colorful costumes and dropped with beads, chains and coins. A market such as this offers simple wares and delicious local food.


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