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INLE LAKE

Inle Lake is 22 km long, 11 km wide, 900 meters above sea level and outrageously picturesque-it has dead calm waters dotted with patches of floating vegetation and busy fishing canoes. High hills rim the lake on both sides; the lakeshore and lake islands bear 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by Intha people. The entire lake area supports a population of over 70000. The floating gardens, floating farms, floating villages, the leg-rowers fishermen are interesting to see around Inle Lake. The people who are living on the lake are Buddhist and there are100 Buddhist monasteries and perhaps 1000 stupas. The Inle style of religious architecture and Buddhist sculpture is strongly Shan- influenced.

InnDein Pagodas in ruins covered by trees and bushes which are supposed to be old about over 700 years.PhaungdawOo Pagoda, one of the principal shrines in Myanmar. The building dates from 18th century and 12th century Buddha images are completely lost their shape due to the fact that devotees are constantly plastering them with gold leaf. Annually pagoda festival held in September/October.NgaPheChaung Monastery is well known as Jumping Cat’s Monastery should not be missed during the stay in Inle Lake. Wooden monastery on stilts over the lake, built four years before Mandalay Palace. It has a collection of Buddha images in Shan style, Tibetan, Bagan and Inwa style. The tall, highly ornate wood and mosaic pedestals and cases built for the images are just as impressive as the Buddha’s themselves. Such pedestals are specialty of Shan and Northern Thai Buddhist art and those at the monastery are over 100 years old. Also a few 150 years old Shan images are unceremoniously kept in the monastery.

The well-known silk weaving looms, cheroot factory & lotus-robe hand looms are also recommended to visit.There are several hotels in NyaungShwe, the town connecting to Inle Lake with the canal, which are 3* quality with bathroom attached & fridge. We can also experience to stay on the floating hotels, traditional built by teak woods or bamboos. They are tasty and charming atmosphere. There are also restaurants on the lake with delicious cuisine.

Sagar

It was formerly located on the hills, but after the construction of the water supply, the village was moved and the temples still remain there. There are hundreds of Buddha Images in sitting, standing & reclining positions, which are supposed to be over seven hundred years old. When we take the boat excursion towards Sagar, the landscapes on the way make emotions and delights to be there. It can be done day return trip by boat from Inle Lake, which will take approximately three hours as well as an overnight trip is available as there is a little lodge which has just opened to accommodate and to enjoy the atmosphere of Sagar village.

Pindaya

It is situated 1200 meters above the sea level. The main inhabitants are Pao& Danu, who have their own traditions and customs.The most impressive place is “Pindaya Caves”, which house 8094 Buddha Images, made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer & cement, which have been put there over the centuries. The caves are natural formed and unusually features by the stalactites & stalagmites over millions of years ago that can be struck with large wooden mallets to produce “gong” tones.

Pindayaumbrellas ;made of papers are well-known around the country. It serves to experience the soft trekking as well to discover the authentic hill tribes. The walking distance is not so much and the maximum duration can be approximately two hours on up & down ways. In the rainy season from June to September, it can be hard a little bit because the ways are muddy. Mule trekking is also available. Overnight stop at the monastery of the tribal villages will be one of the interesting experiences. We will provide trekking guides, traditional village cooked foods, which are delicious and safe to eat, sleeping facilities such as blankets, pillows, mattress and mosquito nets. Men and ladies have to sleep separately in the big hall. The bathroom and toilet are common. There are two hotels acceptable for international travelers. Both of them were built traditionally and each one has its own charming. The rooms are bathroom attached. Due to its location, the air-conditioned is not necessary as it is always fresh and not warm. The local restaurants serve delicious foods even though they are simple.

Taunggyi

The pine clad hill station of Taunggyi provides a cool break from the heat of the plains since it is situated at 1430 meters above the sea level. The town was once a place for respite for perspiring British, although all that remains of the colonial era are on overgrown graveyard, a stone church, a line of cherry trees, etc. Because of its function as a trade town from Thailand, China & India, this is one of Myanmar’s most prosperous and enterprising towns. The population of 200000 includes tribes, Shan, Myanmar, Sikhs, Punjabis and retired Gurakhas who once fought for the British. The bustling local market is interesting to observe the daily of the locals; the Shan State museum retells how the state has passed the history and a famous pagoda with the panoramic view.There are not so many hotels to choose as it is not necessary. We normally visit there as day return trip from Inle Lake or Kalaw or Pindaya and just drop by visit while we are going to Kakku Pagodas. The local restaurants serve normal foods.

Aye Tharyar Golf Club

As it is located in the hilly region, the temperature is moderate and suitable enough to play golf around 18 holes. The grass is Bermuda with the area of 7382 yards. It is open form 6 am to 7 pm. The golf set, the buggies, the umbrella, the trolleys, the shoes and all the equipment for golfing are available at rent or on sale.

Kakku

It is three hour-drive from Nyaungshwe&two hour-drive from Taunggyi-the capital of Shan State. There are over 2000 pagodas, most of which are 3m to 4m high and laid out in neat rows. We believed that it was built over seven hundred years ago. They all were built in the same compound together and some of them were hidden with bushes and trees. The tranquility and peacefulness provide the site to be visited and above all, the hill tribes living nearby, Pao are additional attraction of the place.

Kalaw

It rests in the heart of the pine-studded Shan Hills at 1300 meters above sea level. This small town is a peaceful and quiet place with an atmosphere reminiscent of the colonial era. It is also pleasantly cool and a good place for hiking amid gnarled pines, bamboo groves and rugged mountain scenery. The authentic hill tribes such as PaO & Palaung can be seen along the trekking. We can make overnight stop in those particular villages in order to understand more daily life of the ethnics. The trekking is not hard and the maximum duration for walking is about two hours along the up & down way. There are some good hotels, built with the atmosphere of colonial era and charming type. They are comfortable, fully facilities and nice to stop for some nights. The small hotels are also clean enough with bathroom attached and some have fridge. There are not so many local restaurants but the present ones serve delicious cuisine. The hotels serve good foods as well.

LOIKAW

Loikaw is the Capital of Kayah State in Myanmar. And the home-land of the Long –neck women;who wear traditional brass rings around their necks, also known as “Padaung”.It is bordered with Thailand in the East, Shan state in the North and Kayin state in the South.It is accessible from Kalaw - Aung Ban- Pin Laung- Loikaw by road, and by boat from Inle lake-PheKhone-Loikaw as well as the Government run MA flight flies to Loikaw twice a week from Yangon. It is located just above an embayment on the “Belu River”. The inhabitants are mostly Kayah (Karenni). Myanmar's largest hydropower plant (built by the Japanese as war reparation) is located about 20 km east of Loikaw at Lawpita Falls.ThiriMingalarTaungKwe Cedi- the major attraction is worth for a visit to enjoy the sunset and to have a spectacular view of the environs.KayahCultural Museum- with a collection of traditional musical instruments and costumes of Kayah Nationals races.Padaung villages, Demawso Market, HtiPwint Pond, NgweTaung Dam, Kyat Gu(Spirit Cave)are places of attractions. There are a couple of good hotels rating 3 Stars; with Bath Room attached and hot & cold shower.

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