Your guide will greet you at your hotel this morning to embark on your Inle Lake day trip. Board your private motorboat (on board are cushioned wooden chairs lifejackets umbrellas – for sun and wind protection and blankets in the winter months)
You will start with a visit to the morning market which rotates locations on a 5-day basis. (note: there are no markets on full moon or dark moon days) This daily market attracts people from all over the lake’s shores who gather to buy and sell their wares- if you are lucky you may see Pa-Oh Inthar and Shan people in their traditional outfits. Wander amid the stalls where your guide will explain the local produce and goods for sale.
Continue to Khaung Daing village on the lake’s western shores. This village is famous for its traditional Shan tofu – fried tofu crackers and folded triangular tofu treats. You’ll be able to watch (and perhaps participate!) as they sift the soy beans boil them mash them into balls then form tofu cakes to dry in the sun. You will also have a chance to visit the village monastery for a tea break and snacks. This is a fabulous taste of local life on Inle Lake.
Return to the main part of the lake and venture through small ‘streets’ as you make your way to a neighbourhood of stilted houses whose residents craft wooden boats. Depending on the time of year you will see traditional methods of boat building in various stages from the initial framework all the way to the final coat of paint.
Then return to Inle Lake and explore if time allows to the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand.
Continue along the lake for additional sightseeing before returning to your hotel this afternoon. Overnight Nyaung Shwe