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SHAN STATE TRAVEL GUIDE

Inle Lake
The most convenient way is to fly from Yangon, Bagan or Mandalay to Heho, which is the nearest airport to the lake. There are daily flights to Heho. If you are flying from Mandalay to Heho, it takes only 20 minutes. Traveling by car along the uphill and winding road over the Shan Plateau is interesting and well-worth taking although it takes long hours. There is also a regular train service via Thazi Junction to Heho and Shwe Nyaung, the nearest station to the lake.

Boat Trip on Inle Lake
Spend a glorious day on a motorized boat exploring the area of Inle Lake, the world’s highest floating market. Pass floating flower and vegetable gardens of the Intha tribes and watch as the “One leg rowers” pull up their nets from the cool, clear emerald green waters below. Watch the silk weavers and blacksmiths at their work. Plenty of time to stroll around the compound of the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, where you can find stalls offering Shan handicrafts, so-called antiques, silk and cotton longyis and the popular brightly coloured Shan cotton bags. In September and October the biggest festival takes place at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda.

Trekking Tours in Shan State
From one-day return excursions up to 4 days of hiking and 3 nights sleeping in monasteries in the Pindaya and Kalaw areas, you can experience the daily life of the Shan tribes! Pao, Padaung, Taung Yoe and Danu people will welcome you.

Inle
Kid playing © Katja Henke

YWAMA
The largest village on the Inlay Lake; its streets are a web of canals. There are some beautiful teak houses built on large wooden piles driven into the lake bed. The main activity and attraction is at the floating market In the largest canal. It is to the North West of our hotel. By boat, it will take 15 minutes. The magnificent floating market is renowned. You can visit the goldsmith workshops, observe the sculpture and umbrella industries.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
One of the famous principal shrines in Myanmar, this pagoda houses five small Buddha images, which are much revered by the lake-dwellers. Once a year, in late September – early October, there is a pagoda festival during which, four of the five Buddha images tour around the lake in a colorful barge.

Inle at night © Ken Schluchtmann

INDEIN
One of the small villages of Inle Lake located on the western bank of the lake. The ruin pagodas, hide in the bushes will give you an impression of you were in the 12th – 13th Centuries ago. This mysterious place is at the end of the marvellous Indein creek, which connected with Inle Lake just after the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. The creek is narrow with many twist and turns. Since the both sides are paddy fields you can see the farmers ploughing and harrowing by water buffaloes. At the lunch time while groups of farmers having lunch the water buffaloes enjoy themselves dipping in the creek. At many places in the creek the farmers dam up the water by bamboo barriers to irrigate the paddy fields. Indein water is not only useful for irrigation also for bathing and washing cloths. It is compulsory to see Novice monks, buffalo boys and village girls wash and swim in the creek.

Sanghar

SANGHAR
located at the far southern region of Inle Lake. Not many travelers do the trip down to this region yet it is one of the most beautiful places in the Shan State with the mountains forming a backdrop for the small villages and fishermen on the water. It is a abt a 2.5-3 hours boat journey. The main highlight is the ‘sunken’ stupas of Sanghar – 108 stupas from the 16-17th centuries that are partially underwater for a few months a year. Thaya Gone village, the home to the Pa-Oh, Shan and Inthar people and known for its production of local rice wine. Sae Khaung Pottery Village to see the crafting of oil and water pots as well as the natural, underground kilns used by the villagers. On the western shores of the Sanghar area is Tar Kaung, a series of more than 200 stupas, not to be missed!

Padaung lady at Inle

Mine Thauk Market
A large and bustling market where you can find a real local atmosphere with a variety of produce from the lake.

Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery
This is an attractive wooden monastery built on stilts over the lake at the end of the 1850s. Aside from its collection of Buddhas the monastery may be of interest to visit because its monks have taught a few of the many cats living with them to jump through hoops.

Kalaw market

PINDAYA
Spend some time at the charming village of Pindaya with its cave containing thousands of Buddha images and its umbrella cottages.

KALAW
As it had been a popular hill station for the British during the colonial days, it still is a peaceful and quiet place with an atmosphere reminiscent of the colonial era. The small population is a peculiar mix of Shan, Indian Muslims, Burmans and Nepalese. Kalaw is the starting point for the journey to exciting

TAUNGGYI
Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State, has a small but exiting ethnographic museum devoted to the many tribes of the Shan State.The best time to visit Taunggyi is for the yearly Balloon Festival in November which definitely is THE highlight in Taunggyi!

Kekku

KEKKU
A hidden treasure an unusual, magnificent collection of Buddhist Stupas unheard of by historians and unlisted in guide books lies in the deepest Pa-oh territory, 26 miles south of Taunggyi the capital of Shan State. There lies more than 2000 stupas in a site closely packed together in ranks covering an area of approximately a square kilometer apparently unknown to outside world. Kekku area is covered and scattered by Pa-oh villages especially stretching along on both sides of the main road from north to south. The land route for tour groups starting from Taunggyi is possible and accessible for all year round. But tours originated from Inle Lake are considered to be possible only in the open season from late October to early May or before heavy rain falls. The yearly religious festival normally takes about one week. The climax of this festival usually falls on full moon of the Tabaung (Mid-March) every year. The Kekku pagodas festival also draws thousands of visitors from all parts of the Shan State.
Only a one hour flight from Heho and just a border town next to Mae Sai in Northern Thailand, it is actually only important for many Myanmar people who daily cross the border bridge to Mae Sai for work or doing business and then hurry back by sunset. Myanmar Ttravel Ltd. brings you to Tachilek for the purpose of letting you enjoy a bumpy 7 hour car ride to Khentung, as on the way you will visit lots of places where colourful hilltribes live a completely different kind of natural life compared to any other place in Myanmar.

KYAING TONG (KHENGTUNG)
or Khengtung, hidden in concealing mountain valleys of Shan State, lies close to the Thai border and forms part of the Golden Triangle, a picturesque region of green rice paddies. Maymyo, Kalaw, Ngapali – the British definitely knew where to find the nicest spots during their colonial regime… During this time they built the town around the picturesque Naung Tong Lake, near the Pyin Monastery. There are not only wonderful temples, monasteries and old catholic churches to be marvelled at, but hiking to the nearby Akha, An, Lahu or Lisu villages that will bring you back into ancient Asian times…