This Short Break takes you to the site of some of the most iconic images of Myanmar – Intha leg rowers manoeuvring their conical nets as the Inle Lake waters reflect another beautiful sunset. It also gets you exploring the dry land – home to many different ethnic tribes including the Shan, Pa-O, Taung Yo – trekking between small communities, shining a light on meditative Buddhas deep in a limestone cavern, and climbing up to ancient, atmospheric ruins of crumbling stupas and zedi. Boat between floating villages and monasteries, and experience the country’s heritage ¬– in a small museums or with a lunch of traditional recipes. This short trip is the perfect encapsulation of what makes Inle Lake so special.

Highlights

Take a full day to trek around the villages around Inle Lake, meeting some of the locals who make up the many groups that contribute to the ethnic diversity of this colourful country

Soak up the tranquillity of Inle Lake while cruising the water, visiting floating gardens and villages

Taste the culture of the region with lunch at Inthar Heritage House, whose tasting menu is built on the foundations of grandmother’s traditional Inthar recipes

See how Inthar Heritage House keeps another part of Myanmar’s heritage alive with a Burmese cat reintroduction program, and also learn about the vocation training school run to help disadvantaged youths

Navigate a long narrow canal to the Indein ruins complex, then climb the stairs up to this historic temple, with over 1,000 stupas overlooking Inle Lake