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Inle

1000 meter above sea level is the Inle Lake, home to the Intha people and other ethnic minorities who make their living from fishing and floating vegetable gardens. Can see fishermen in his boat, standing on one leg and rowing with the other leg wrapped around the oar looking for fish to trap with his cone shaped fishing net made of bamboo. He is one of the many leg rowers that have made Inle Lake famous. During the festival in September, can see the boats with as many as 20 -30 men each standing on one leg and rowing with the other.All transport is by boat, whether to school, to do shopping or to attend the floating vegetable gardens.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

Nyaung Shwe about an hour away a provincial town 1000 meter above sea level is our gateway to the Inle Lake, home to the Intha people and other ethnic minorities who make their living from fishing and floating vegetable gardens, and something you have probably never seen before: A passing fisherman in his boat, standing on one leg and rowing with the other leg wrapped around the oar .Then the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda of Inle Lake, one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in Myanmar. The five images countless thousands of ties with gold leaf, transforming them into round, golden lumps. In the mid 1970s all five images were on the lake when a storm suddenly came up and the barge capsized. Only four were recovered but when they went back to the pagoda they saw that the missing image was already there, dripping wet but safe.

Kekku Pagoda Complex

Hidden for centuries in the wooded hills near Taunggyi, the Kekku Pagoda seems to be from the 16th century. Pa O national race legends say there are 7,622 pagodas, almost all decorated with floral designs of celestial beings.

Kalaw

A hill station town about 90 minutes drive from Inle Lake. Typical old English cottages remain there in a very cool pleasant climate augmenting the pleasance with a sweet pine and eucalyptus fragrance.

Pindaya

There is a cave housing more than 8000 Buddha images. No one seems to know how they all got there. Most of them are apparently hundreds of years old while others are recent additions. After exploring the caves, can have a rest and something to eat and drink under the shady trees by the lake, before proceeding. The route is a little rough over the hills with an ever winding road, taking occasional stops in villages on the way.

Yasagyi

A marvelous trekking starting from Pindaya up to Yasagyi – a Palaung village , passing through the villages of the Danu & Pa-O tribes before reaching Yasagyi Village at 6020 feet. Accommodation at the Yasagyi Monastery and early morning trekiing up to the Yasagyi summit at 7030 Ft.. A slow descent to Pindaya passing the farmlands and can come across the hill tribe people in their traditional costumes performing their daily chores.

Taunggyi

High on a mountain is Taunggyi, literally meaning ‘Big Mountain’. It was not a hill station but now a busy trade centre.

Kyaingtong

Near the Thai border with a beautiful Naung Ton Lake in the city to stroll around in the evening.Colorfully decorated with local crafts and old textiles generally available at prices much fairer than one can get at Chiang Mai. Also commonly found there are the National Ethnic Groups with different costumes and staying in separate villages and can be visited to see their life style while trekking around the city's vicinity. Rare species of butterflies are abundant for the collectors.

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