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Inle Lake, Nyaungshwe

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#1 of 45 in Parks in Myanmar
Natural and unpolluted, with fantastic mountainous scenery, Inle Lake stands out as the second largest lake in Myanmar, and also the country's highest altitude lake. Enjoy a spectacular leg-rowing performance by native lake-dwellers or fishermen casting their cone-shaped nets, or take your pick of the wares at a daily floating market. Standing at an altitude of 880 m (2,900 ft), this freshwater lake covers some 116 sq km (45 sq mi), providing a home to nine endemic species of fish and over 20 species of snails. This popular tourist spot offers classy hotels, but also low-budget, family-run accommodation. You can rent a bike, visit a massage parlor, or enjoy Shan State cuisine, a favorite in the country. Use our Nyaungshwe itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Inle Lake and other attractions in Nyaungshwe.
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  • August 18, 2017
    There's a rotating market - it changes its location depending on the day of the week. Make sure to find out where it is on the day you're going. It's worth the visit. There's also a temple graveyard. ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The Lake is an enchantment, a must visit aboard a motor boat, maybe even in the monsoon season when tourists are few and there is a lot of calm: we had great weather and a little rain only at night.
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  • August 15, 2017
    The Lake contains all the nicest things in Myanmar: pagode (Indein species), gardens or rather floating gardens, fishermen balancing on one foot and floating villages. I visited the Lake in 3 days (Nothing prevents you to stay more and see lesser-known villages or hike). You can take a boat directly from the River in Nyaung Shwe (are they to ask) or a travel agent. To see all the Lake you need to go all day, maybe from early morning to see the markets. Stay until sundown to immortalize the fishermen with nasse paddling with one foot. The boat will take you in one of the many restaurants for lunch and, unless you ask not, weaving or Silver's work in the various stores (where you can see the features long necked Padaung women). Not to be missed, it would be an incomplete journey.
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