Gay Travel Myanmar (Burma): Shimmering Inle Lake
Inle's famous oarsman use their muscular legs for rowing
Inle Lake is almost like a magical fairy tale filled with unusual things to see... floating farms, oarsmen rowing with their legs, jumping cats and pagodas that might have been designed by Dr. Seuss. You will also see colorful local markets and perhaps even a festival.
Golden barges emerge for special festivals
Where We Shine:
An exotic mountain lake where life is on the water
Nestled at an elevation of 875 meters (about 3000 feet), between two parallel mountain ranges, giant fresh water Inle Lake offers the true taste and color of Old Burma. Here you will spend much of your time traveling by longboat from place to place, visiting huge intricately-carved teakwood temples and whole villages on waterlogged stilts. Few experiences in Myanmar could be more restful than gliding though the clear water as you enjoy the beauty of these far-flung Shan States. You do not have to be gay to enjoy visiting Inle Lake with Purple Dragon. A growing number of mainstream guests choose us because they know they will get something better from a gay company.
Day One: Heho, a Forest and a Lazy Boat Trip
Your private car, driver and guide meet you at charming Heho Airport and drive you across a heavily forested mountain range and down into the Inle Valley. Then a lazy afternoon on the lake to see how life revolves around water in the Shan States. You will see men rowing boats with their legs, floating gardens and livestock pens and other oddities. You might want to venture to a nearby hot spring to enjoy a soak, or maybe a relaxing massage.
Day Two: Longboat to Indein and a Local Market
After breakfast your guide is waiting to escort you to your private longboat. If it's a market day, you will visit the lakeside market first, followed by a stop at Indein Pagoda, with its kilometer-long corridor of handicraft vendors and its 16th Century funeral stupas. Then a short ride to the Inn Thar Lay Restaurant for a taste of the local delicacies. After lunch, you are ferried across the narrow waterway to visit the most sacred structure on the lake, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda with its famous five small Buddhas, the lake's guardians. Then you visit a floating weaving factory and glide through the extensive Floating Gardens. Return to the hotel via the Tha Le Oo Pagoda. Enjoy a fine dinner at the hotel. It is not possible to dine elsewhere as all hotels and restaurants are reached by water and the longboats stop running at dusk.
Day Three: Onward, or Stay Longer?
Nobody seems to want to leave Inle Lake. We can add another day to relax, see local vineyards and taste some wine, or perhaps a day trip to the mysterious Kakku Valley. If you are flying onward to Yangon, your airport return will leave after breakfast.
Prices and Hotels
Prices depend on your choice of hotel and when you want to travel.
We offer several different hotels in Inle Lake, ranging from three to five stars. If you have a specific hotel in mind, please let us know. All of the hotels we use are carefully chosen for location, amenities, quality of service, security and value. We only use hotels that are gay-owned, gay-managed or gay-friendly. We inspect most hotels at least once a year.
To see prices and compare hotels please click on the "$" button on the left. If you have questions or suggestions about the hotels we use, please email us.
Includes private airport transportation, accommodation with tax, service, and daily breakfast beginning on day 2, full day tour with private boat and guide, Inle "Zone Fee." Not included: airfare, other local transportation, beverages, meals other than breakfast, massage, gratuities, features not specifically mentioned in the itinerary, or items of a purely personal nature.