Inle Lake Photography Experience

A PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPLORATION OF THE PEOPLE AND VIBRANT CULTURE OF SHAN STATE

from $399usd/person
Photography 1-3 Days 2+ Guests

Capture the Heart of Myanmar

Inle Lake is a freshwater lake located in the Nyaungshwe Township of Taunggyi District of Shan State, part of Shan Hills in Myanmar. It is the second largest lake in Myanmar with an estimated surface area of 116 km2, and one of the highest at an elevation of 880 meters. In June 2015, it became Myanmar’s first designated place of World Network of Biosphere Reserves. It was one of 20 places added at the Unesco’s 27th Man and the Biosphere (MAB) International Coordinating Council (ICC) meeting. Since 2018 it has been designated as a protected Ramsar site.
"The symbiosis and ecology of the lake, its shores and its villagers constitute a genuine instance of cultural landscape."

What to Expect

The people of Inle Lake live in four cities bordering the lake, in numerous small villages along the lake’s shores, and on the lake itself. The population consists predominantly of Intha, with a mix of other Shan, Taungyo, Pa-O (Taungthu), Danu, Kayah, Danaw and Bamar ethnicities. Most are devout Buddhists, and live in simple houses of wood and woven bamboo on stilts; they are largely self-sufficient farmers.

Transportation on the lake is traditionally by small boats, or by somewhat larger boats fitted with single cylinder inboard diesel engines. Local fishermen are known for practicing a distinctive rowing style which involves standing at the stern on one leg and wrapping the other leg around the oar. This unique style evolved out of necessity as the lake is covered by reeds and floating plants, making it difficult to see above them while sitting. Standing provides the rower with a view beyond the reeds.

Tour Highlights

  • maximize your limited time available for capturing the sunrises and sunset, hot-air balloons, shrines, and amazing local people from diverse ethnic groups
  • get closer to real people and communities your tour fees support to capture the everyday beauty, culture, and colors of Myanmar
  • late afternoon village life under warm pre-sunset light
  • explore by private boat and air-con vehicle
"The tour with our incredible guide Thandar hit the spot. She brings you to places off the beaten tracks and is very knowledgable about the place and people living there. Moreover, part of the money you paid is going toward helping out community and that brings the feel good factor."