Inle Lake & Shan Hills

Inle Lake is located in Shan State to the north-west of Yangon and is a large freshwater lake, home to the Intha people. They live on the lake, building their houses on stilts, with an array of cottage industries in evidence such as cheroot rolling, silk weaving and metal work. The five-day market moves from village to village, and you often see Shan hill tribes coming down to sell vegetables and goods. The best way to see everything is on private long-tail boat, and most the hotels are located around the lake, and opt for either luxury retreats or smaller boutique hotels. Spot unique leg-rowers criss cross the lake, catching fish as they go. Many guests use Inle as a way to relax after a tour including Bagan and Mandalay. You can take longer day trips into the Shan Hills to see the remote villages before seeing the another superb sight of Kakku. To the south of Inle, take a long day-trip down to Sagar where you can totally get off-the-beaten track away from other tourists. Inle also combines perfectly with Pindaya and Kalaw to the north, and Inle is accessed through flights to Heho Airport.

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Inle Lake & Shan Hills Itineraries

This is just a selection of suggested itineraries that are there to help you with your ideas and to start the conversation with us about planning your tailor-made holiday. All our holidays are private for you and your party, and can depart on any day you like. We can adapt and change any element of these journeys, or design an itinerary from scratch around your travelling plans.

Classic Burma and the Mergui

Mandalay - Bagan - Inle Lake - Yangon - Mergui Archipelago  

Explore the untouched islands of the Mergui Archipelago in southern Burma with the classics highlights of this amazing destination.

15 days from £4725 p. p.

The Road to Mandalay: Cruising the Irrawaddy

Yangon - Mandalay - Irrawaddy Cruise - Bagan - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

Nothing quite compares to a gentle cruise along the Irrawaddy from Mandalay to Bagan. You’ll see the major sights of Burma, but also see the traditional villages and rural charm along the banks of the river.

12 days from £3795 p. p.

Burma in Depth

Bago - Hpa An - Golden Rock - Yangon - Bagan - Yandabo - Mandalay - Maymyo - Hsipaw - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Ngapali  

If you want to leave no stone unturned in Burma, then we can offer longer private journeys which get further off-the-beaten track to see more of this amazing country.

24 days from £4630 p. p.

Honeymoon to Burma

Yangon - Bagan - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

A honeymoon to Burma allows you to have an amazing cultural adventure and a chance to leisurely kick-back on the Indian Ocean.

13 days from £2710 p. p.

Family Adventure to Burma

Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

Burma makes for such a wonderful family holiday, packed with amazing experiences that the children will love, such as seeing lively markets, meeting elephants, cycling through Bagan and ending on the Indian Ocean.

14 days from £2570 p. p.

Luxury Burma in Style

Yangon - Bagan - Irrawaddy Cruise - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

With the introduction of a selection of new luxury hotels in recent years, Burma is fast becoming the destination to explore in style on a luxurious tour packed with authentic and amazing experiences.

15 days from £7140 p. p.

Classic Burma: The Golden Land

Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

Explore Burma on a luxury private tour seeing all the major sights, plus a visit to Kalaw and ending with some well deserved time on the beach in Ngapali to end.

14 days from £2685 p. p.

Burma in a Nutshell

Yangon - Mandalay - Irrawaddy - Bagan - Inle Lake  

This shorter private tour of Burma combines all the main highlights of this amazing destination, exploring Yangon, visiting Mandalay, cruising the Irrawaddy, the temples and pagodas of Bagan and Inle Lake.

11 days from £2360 p. p.

Inle Lake & Shan Hills Accommodation

This is just an overview of the hotels and lodges we feature, from characterful boutique lodges to luxury hotels. We do have a range of other hotels that we use, so if you don't see from our portfolio what you are looking for, we almost certainly know about it and can help plan an itinerary using it.

The Strand Cruise

$ $ $ $ $ Inle Lake & Shan Hills  

Drawing inspiration from the old colonial steamers that cruised the Irrawaddy in Burma, the Strand Cruise is a modern luxury reinterpretation of the classic Irrawaddy experience.

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Inle Princess Resort, Burma | Luxury Hotels in Burma | Millis Potter

Inle Princess Resort

$ $ $ $ $ Inle Lake & Shan Hills  

The Inle Princess Resort is a boutique hotel on the eastern bank of Lake Inle in Burma, close to the small village of Magysin.

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Villa Inle, Burma

Villa Inle

$ $ $ $ $ Inle Lake & Shan Hills  

Villa Inle Resort & Spa is a delightful boutique hotel located on the eastern shores of Inle Lake in Burma, offering just 27 lakeside rooms.

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Sanctum Inle Lake, Burma | Luxury Hotels in Myanmar | Millis Potter

The Sanctum Inle Lake

$ $ $ $ $ Inle Lake & Shan Hills  

Located on the eastern banks of the lake, Sanctum Inle Lake is the most luxurious of all hotels in the area.

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Kalaw Hill Lodge, Burma

The Hotel – Kalaw Hill Lodge

$ $ $ $ $ Inle Lake & Shan Hills  

The Hotel – Kalaw Hill Lodge is a delightful off-the-beaten track boutique hotel located in the hills above Kalaw in Burma.

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Amara Kalaw, Burma

Amara Mountain Resort

$ $ $ $ $ Inle Lake & Shan Hills  

The Amara Mountain Resort is a charming colonial boutique hotel located on the former British hill station of Kalaw in Burma.

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Inle Lake & Shan Hills Experiences

This is a selection of experiences that allow you to see the destination in new and interesting ways. Almost all our experiences include a private guide, and can be then tailored to your particular interests. Indeed, many of the experiences we offer are created individually for our guests, so this list is by no means conclusive. In fact, we leave a couple of our best ideas up our sleeves for when you enquire with us.