Inlay Lake And Around
Inlay lake is one of the amazing place in Myanmar. It is the second largest lake in Myanmar. It is situated in Southern Shan State, which is surrounded by the hills and it is situated about 900 meters above sea level. One can reach there by flight to Heho and take a car to Nyaung Shwe , it takes only 45 minutes. One can also reach by car from Mandalay or from Bagan. It is 22km long from North to South and 11km wide from East to West. Cultivation on floating islands, leg rowers on canoe and the beauty of nature are the special interest of Inlay lake. Phaungdawoo pagoda festival in October is famous in the world. Colorful every five days market, Ngaphechaung monastery, Inpawkhone silk and lotus weaving are interesting places to visit on the lake. This lovely lake is home of Intha, who construct villages on and on the bank of the lake.
It is situated 1164 m above sea level, 60 km from Heho. Pindaya cave is the most attractive for all visitors. It is natural limestone cave and home to 8,000 Buddha images of various size, made of lacquer, teak, marble and cement. On market day one can visit colorful Pindaya market and can see different national races who live around Pindaya on the mountain.
Kalaw is beautiful hill British station situated 1300 m above sea level. There are some colonial style buildings. At the present day it is small town for vacation because of nice weather and fresh air. You can trek around Kalaw to visit Pao and Palaung villages. There are many trekking trails to visit Palaung tribe villages.
Kakku is hidden treasure of Southern Shan state. It is located 65km, 2 and half hour driving from Nyaung Shwe . In a small area of one square kilometer, there is a big collection of 200 stupas (between 13th and 18th century). This area is inhabited by colorful Pao tribe with their distinctive traditional costume. On the way to Kakku, one can enjoy beautiful landscape and way of life of Pao tribe.
Kyaing Tong is the most important city of Eastern Shan State. 452km from Taunggyi and 176km from Tachileik, ( opposite Mae Sai ) which is border with Thailand. 80% of population is Khun Shan. One can reach there by flight from Yangon or Mandalay or Bagan or Heho. Kyaing Tong is famous for Trekking. There are so many trekking trail , soft , hard, medium hard ways to visit the villages of mountain tribes such as Lahu, Wa, Shan, Enn, Akha and Akhi etc. Kyaning Tong market, Wat Zom Khan monastery, Yankon terracotta village, Naung Tong lake are famous tourist sites of the city.