Hop on – Hop off: Biking and Boating Around Inle Lake
On this Inle Lake biking tour, you will spend an energetic day biking and boating around this vast natural body of water in southern Shan State – home to the ethnic Shan and also the Intha people, who have been living for many centuries in houses on the lake built entirely on stilts.
Inle Lake is not just about being on the water, but about discovering the way of life in local ethnic villages, many of which have followed the same customs and traditions for generations. You start your journey with a boat ride to Indein village, home of the Indein Pagoda, a temple with an impressive collection of stupas, southwest of Inle Lake.
You then take a 1.5-hour bike ride to Than Htaung village and walk to a local monastery where you can stop to chat with the temple monks. The monastery has beautiful views overlooking the lake and the village, half of which sits on stilts over the water.
Afterwards you continue, either by boat or bike – depending on the season and the water levels – to Yay Mae Pin village where you visit an areca nut plantation. Commonly referred to as the betel nut, areca nuts are chewed with the betel leaf for their effect as a mild stimulant – a tradition which dates back thousands of years in much of Asia.
For the last part of the tour, you head by boat to Khaung Daing, a little village on the northwest edge of the lake that is well off the regular tourist trail and features some fascinating cottage industries. Here you stop for a delicious lunch in a local restaurant. Depending on where you’re staying you then return by bike or boat to your hotel.
This is a great experience for biking enthusiasts as most of the area is flat or slightly undulating, making the bike riding easy going and enjoyable.
For more information or to book this authentic trip, please email to [email protected].