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.