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Found in Myanmar’s Shan Hills, Inle Lake is a natural body of water known for its beauty, floating villages, gardens, and dwellers who’ve made their way of life around it. Other than its stunning marshlands, Inle Lake is also home to many beautiful pagodas and temples as well as markets. Travelers can come here to be one with nature as well as get to know the locals who live around the lake. For the best things to do in Inle Lake, read on!

Kyaung Daw Pagoda

In the humble village of Inle Lake’s Ywama is the grand Kyaung Daw Pagoda, the location of a major pagoda festival (Phaung Daw Oo Festival) that happens every year. During the festival, the Buddhist images from the temple are ferried around a royal barge on the lake. From a certain standpoint, this pagoda is quite a sight to behold as it looks like it is floating on water.
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Shwe Inn Dein Pagoda

Another one of the most interesting things to do at Inle Lake is to drop by the Shwe Inn Dein Pagoda, found in the Indein village, which is close to Ywama as well. This group of Buddhist stupas look ethereal thanks to its closely clustered appearance, transporting you to another time and place. The Shwe Inn Dein Pagoda is accessible via a quick boat ride along Inle Lake. If travelers are not keen to walk uphill to the site itself, they could hire a motorcycle.
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Red Mountain Estate Vineyards & Winery

Wine lovers will have a kick out of the beautiful Red Mountain Estate Vineyard & Winery, which should just be at the edge of Nyaungshwe. Found on top of a quaint hill, the vineyard offers panoramic views of the lake and the valley below. Visitors can also opt for a wine tasting tour or a tasty meal from the hilltop restaurant that overlooks the sunset scenery. For a more exhilarating experience, travelers are recommended to bike here in the late afternoon.
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Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery

The reason why the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery is so unique is that it’s found right in Inle Lake and was built on stilts. Constructed in the 1850s, this wooden monastery is home to a large collection of Buddha images and other relics. It is also accessible via boat like most of the attractions around the lake, and visitors seem to love the adorable lazy cats hanging around the monastery.
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