Inle Lake

Inle Lake is a shallow lake in the middle of Myanmar, southeast of Mandalay. The lake is 22 km long, and is densely inhabited by many different tribes.

Traditional boat on Inle Lake

Get in

By plane

The closest airport is in Heho, about 45 minutes away by taxi from the main town by Lake Nyaungshwe (walk down the road towards the main highway to negotiate a better rate). Taking a taxi from the airport can be quite expensive, from 25,000-40,000 kyat. A good way to save money is to book a taxi in advance with your guesthouse for about 15,000 kyat.

There are winter and summer rates for flights through all major airlines in the country.


Buses depart daily from Yangon and take about 13 hours. Buses take 10 hours from Mandalay. Air conditioned buses from Bagan take 9 hours and cost USD11-12 (2 hours from Kalaw). From Bago MYK15,000, 14hr. Bring warmer clothing on the bus as air-con temperatures can get low. If you are looking to sleep, earplugs are a good idea as music will be playing on the video screen in front of the bus.

Pick-Up / Line-ka

A very cheap option from Taunggyi is a pick-up (1 hour and around 600 kyat). Pickup trucks will leave from the main market.

Get around

You can walk around town easily or rent a bike for about 1,500 kyat per day, which you also use for touring the surroundings.


Indein: A stupa forest. Broken down stupas, some more, some still intact, overgrown with plants, hidden somewhere in the forest around Inle Lake, near Tone Le. You will most likely be the only one there and will get a feeling of being the first person to ever see them. Free entrance, free photos.


There is a USD10 entry fee per person to the lake, charged by the government. This fee is often collected at the bus or at the airport when you arrive. If you are lucky the bus driver won't bother stopping at the check point if only few foreigners are in the bus (go by a small bus!) or simply cover yourself with a longyi and pretend to be a sleeping local when the officials enter. Ticket is not checked once you have passed the check point.


Remember to bargain, Inle Lake is one of the most frequently touristed destinations in Myanmar. Prices will routinely be double what locals would pay.Note: Products that appear old are fake (such as opium weight sets) and many goods being offered by shops are cheap products made for the tourist trade.





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