Inle Lake sits in the cool, green highlands of Shan State about 884 metres above sea level. The lake creates a wetland environment prolific with bird life. There are hot springs in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
The Inthas and other ethnic groups are indigenous to the surrounding fertile valleys and forested mountains are devout Buddhists, a legacy of which are more than 100 monasteries and a thousand pagodas lining the shore of the lake. The Inle Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival is one of the most famous pagoda festivals in Myanmar and features boat racing competitions, ceremonial dances and martial arts.
Inle Lake can be explored by boat or traditional canoes. Trekking is also popular in the surrounding hills.
Inle Lake area is renowned for its distinctive leg rowers, its floating gardens and a weaving industry known for its high-quality, hand-woven silk fabrics of exclusive designs. An elegant, expensive fabric known as “Kya Thingahn” produced uniquely at Inle Lake is woven from the fibres of lotus plants.