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Inle lies in southern Shan State in the upper part of Myanmar. Inle Lake is where the leg-rowing Inthar people live in floating villages, in the great Nyaung Shwe plain, it is the second largest natural expanse of water in Myanmar. The depth of the lake is shallow about 14 miles long and 7 miles wide. Visiting Inle Lake can also provide you with experiences to the places around its region.

Places around Inle region

  • Taunggyi

  • Nyaung Shwe

  • Kakku

  • Heho

  • Kalaw

  • Pindaya


Taunggyi is the capital city of Shan State, Myanmar. It is the fourth largest city in Myanmar with the population of approximately 200,000. Taunggyi meaning the "Large Mountain" in Myanmar and it is located at an elevation of about 4600 feet above the sea level. Since the city is on a mountain top, the weather is usually cold and gloomy. Although Taunggyi is located in Shan State, the Shans do not form the major population of the city. Inthas, Pa-Os and Chinese are the majority of the main population of Taunggyi. Some smaller ethnic groups can also be seen in this part of the country because of the 5-days market. Being the capital of the Shan State, Taunggyi hosts many government offices. The city is home to the Taunggyi Education College and Taunggyi University.

Long before, Taunggyi was a small village of a few huts. It lay on a wide area of Sintaung Hills of the Shan Plateau. Pa-Os were the main population of this area who lived in groups and villages. Then the city started to develope around 1894 and were under the Sawbwas' or the Shan Chieftains' administration.

Taunggyi can be visited by Air. Heho Domestic Airport is situation on the west of the city. It is about 24 miles to travel from Taunggyi. The nearest Train Station is at Shwe Nyaung. It is 12 miles to the west of Taunggyi. The main access to Taunggyi is by road. There are Express Buses daily scheduled to travel up and down Taunggyi. There are also private car rentals to travel to Taunggyi.

Due to a mixture of population, the religions in believe differ. Shan, Pa-O, Indian, Chinese are the main dwellers of the city worshiping their own religions. There are Monasteries scattered throughout the city because of the Buddhism influence. The Chinese community worships the Guan Yin at the Guan Yin Buddhist Monastery. There are also churches for Christians, Hindu temples for the Indians and some mosque for the Islams. In Taunggyi, when a Chinese marries an Islam, the next generations are named as Panthay people.

The Taunggyi area is a popular tourist destination. The city itself has an interesting five-day market which is filled with colorful ethnic groups. At the market, farmers from around the area would come to the Taunggyi on market day and sell fresh products from their farms for food and home-made, hand-made products for souvenirs. Although the tradition of the five-day market has been fading, the locals around Taunggyi still come once in five days. Nowadays, tourists roam around the market to see the lifestyle of the various ethnics and to take pictures with the colorful-dressed natives.

Another attraction in Taunggyi is the hot-springs. The hot-springs comes out from the natural cliffs and cracks from the rocks of the mountain ranges. There is a museum in town which has displays on the Shan culture, as well as items of historical interest, such as belongings of the Sawbwas, the LegendaryShan Chieftains. Taunggyi is also the main point from which one can travel to the famous Kakku Pagodas, Inlay Lake, Pindaya Caves and nearby interesting towns.

Nyaung Shwe

Nyaung Shwe is a town a few kilometers north of Inle Lake in the Shan State of Myanmar. Nyaung Shwe is the tourist hub for visiting Inle Lake, and is also the location of the dock for entry to Inle Lake. Nyaung Shwe can be reached by bus, car, or by plane via the airport in Heho, located a few hours drive away.
Popular tourist destinations in Nyaung Shwe are Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, Shwe Yaungwe Monastery and Yadanar Man Aung Su Taung Pyay Pagoda. Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery is located on the Shwe Nyaung - Nyaung Shwe main road and it is a distinctive building. Shwe Yaungwe Monastery is famous for its unique large windows and the teak building. Yadanar Man Aung Su Taung Pyay Pagoda is another prominent ancient structure in Nyaung Shwe.

Kakku Pagodas

Kakku Pagodas are one of the Asia's largest and most spectacular ancient monuments in Shan State. The group of small pagodas contains over 2,000 pagodas with origins dating back many centuries. It exists not only as an outstanding example of tradition art and architecture but also as a testament to the religious devotion of one of Myanmar's many ethnic minorities, the Pa-Oh. For many centuries, the Pa-Oh has lived in peace, cultivating their land and devoting much of their energy and limited wealth to creating monasteries and pagodas.
Kakku is about 33 miles from Taunggyi. It will take about 3 hours drive by car. Kakku is located in the Shan State. Kakku is in the territory of Pa-Oh people.
The legend says that the first pagodas were created by King Alaungsithu, the 12th century King of Bagan. The decorative sculptures and figures are 17th or 18th century but some of the structures are clearly much older.
There are over 2000 pagodas packed closely together in ranks and covering an area perhaps a square kilometer. The main pagoda is around 40 meters high, the mass of the spire surrounding it uniformly. Each pagoda has its own individual masterpiece. The particular remarkable about the whole site is its good state of preservation. Originally each one must have been topped by a gilded metal hti, the multi tiered umbrella-like feature, which is typical of Myanmar Pagodas. Many of these are tilted on fallen. External rendering of mortar and stucco has crumbled away on others, exposing the brick core while trees have established themselves in a few, threatening to split them apart. But so much of the originals still exist that this site must be free of the destructive force of earthquakes, which have periodically ravaged many of the Myanmar's other monuments.
Even more fascinating are the many figures, carved in stucco and apparently originally brightly painted, which adorn corner or pay silent homage beside the niches in the base, many of which still contain antique Buddha images. Angels, musicians, dancers- all created with consummate skill. The remoteness of the site and reluctance of the local people allow visitors have helped to preserve its sculptures and artistic treasures to a degree, unknown in other ancient monuments in Myanmar. Kakku is a priceless piece of mankind heritage, a truly splendid example of the creative talent of remarkable people. It will take about 3 hours drive by car.

Kakku Pagoda festival
Kakku is located in the Southern Shan State. Researchers say Kakku was built about 400 years ago, but there is no written records saying about that. Kakku pagoda festival is usually held during March, the fullmoon day of Tabaung. Kekku has been the center of the worship for the Pa-O people. During the festival, the Pa-O people come to pay homage to the pagoda in their best costumes. Some from near villages come to the festival with decorated bullocks.


Heho is a small town located in Shan State of Myanmar. It is the primary air gateway to tourist areas such as Inle Lake. Heho is on the main road between Taunggyi, the capital of the Shan States, to Meiktila, the closest major town on the plains of Myanmar. Heho was formerly a small village of Danu people. The village grew into a town in the 1920s when the single-line railway line was extended from Aungban to Shwenyaung, and Heho was determined to be a convenient intermediate stop and passing place. Later an airport was built, 2.5 miles northwest of the town. The airport served as an airbase both for the Allies and the Japanese during World War II. The airbase was heavily bombed by the Allies. There are evidences of aircraft bunker revetments and bomb craters on the southern end of the airfield.


Kalaw is a little town sitting high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau. It was a popular hill station in the British days and it still has an atmosphere reminiscent of the colonial era. In the surrounding hills around Kalaw there are several villages of the Palaung tribe. The Palaung women wear traditional costumes which they wear mainly at special occasions like the Tazaungdaing lighting festival during October-November. This festival is very popular in Shan state where people let a paper balloon rise up into the sky which is lit by a candle. There are also competitions of the air-balloons. This festival is well-known throughout the country.
At the festival the Palaung villagers get together in their community centre where they welcome foreign visitors. Dressed for the occasion the women wear a traditional costume consisting of a dark colored jacket and a red striped Longyi. Married women wrap their heads with colorful scarves and wear a cane belt around their waist. Many ethnic tribes from the surrounding villages walk to the station with local products in the baskets on their back like cheroots or cigars, flowers and presents for the children.


Pindaya is a small quiet town located on the bank of the placid Botoloke Lake, Shan State. The Pindaya Caves are located next to the town of Pindaya. The Pindaya caves are Buddhist pilgrimage site and tourist attraction located on a limestone ridge. There are three caves on the ridge which runs north-south, but only the southern cave can be entered and explored. It is not known whether the other two penetrate for any extended distance into the hillside. The caves contain over 8,000 Buddha images dating back to the late 1700s. Some Buddha Images do not have inscriptions about the creation dates.
There are many legends surrounding the Pindaya cave. One is that a blocked-off path at the end of the cave leads to the ancient city of Bagan. There is also the legend of the seven princesses bathing in a lake and how they were captured by a giant spider and trapped in the cave to be rescued by Prince Kumarbhaya of Nyaung Shwe. An Image of the prince aiming to the spider with his bow and arrow can be seen at the entrance of the covered stairway to the caves.

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