In westerm Shan State, you wil find the serenely picturesque Inle lake, famous for its floating villages, gardens and markets and the unique way of life of the local Intha people, with their functioning communities based entirely on the water.
Sightseeing Day Trips
Inlay Trip A
One of the famous principle shrines in Myanmar. This pagoda houses five small Buddha images. Once a year, the lights Festival coincident with Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival from end September to early October. The festival revolves around the procession of four sacred images, which usually reside with a fifth image at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda for worship by the faithful all year round. For 18 days, the four images are taken out of Phaung Daw oo Pagoda and carried in a spectacular procession around the 200 villages dotting Inlay Lake.
Pindaya Trip B
Situated at the foot of Mene-faung Range and about 45km north of Kalaw is a picturesque place called Pindaya. It is known to the world as the home of the countless Buddha images in its extensive lime stone caves and picturesque lake. The main sight in the area is Pindaya Cave, locally known as Shwe Oo Min Cave and unique Shan traditional paper umbrella making works. The limestone caves contain a maze of chambers with 6226 Buddha statues. Some of them are tiny, others are huge, and are made of white marble, bronze or plaster, coated with gold leaf. Some of the smaller caves within then complex serve as meditation chambers. The road from Kalaw to Pindaya (38km).
Taunggyi Trip C
Taunggyi, capital of Shan State is situated over 1430 meters above sea-level. It is a nice place to relax and enjoy the sight of colorfully dressed hill tribes people. Kakku Pagoda is more than 2500 stupas, that has lied hidden in the Pa-O’s heart and southern Shan State for centuries. Unknown to the outside world for years until recently, these exquisite monuments can now be visited, a day trip from Inlay Lake, Nyaung Shwe to Taunggyi (30km).