For the entire day you have a private motorboat, on which you will find cushioned wooden chairs, lifejackets, umbrellas (for both sun and wind protection)and blankets if you are travellin during the winter months.
We’ll start with a visit to the morning market, which moves from place to place on a 5-day rotation – but there are no markets on either a full moon or dark moon day. Otherwise, this daily market attracts people from all over the lake’s shores who gather to buy and sell their wares – you may see Pa-Oh, Inthar and Shan people in traditional dress. Your guide will provide insight to the local produce and goods for sale.
Then continue across the lake, passing through villages with stilted houses and floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. You will no doubt witness the leg-rowing fishermen, who steer their boats with incredible balance.
We make our way to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains 5 sacred Buddha images and houses royal barges used during the pagoda’s annual festival.
Proceed to the village of Inpawkhone, where the traditional silk weaving techniques of Inthar people are still in practice. We also visit a cheroot factory where local Burmese cigars are rolled by hand.
Stop for lunch midday where you will taste delicious, traditional Inthar dishes while soaking in the views of the lake and its surroundings.
This afternoon we will travel to Indein, on the southwestern shores of the lake. The boat will travel down a small canal leading to the Pa-oh village of Indein. Explore the area on foot, strolling around the village and wander through the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area. Alaung Sitthou is filled with picturesque stupas and has magnificent views of the lake.
Should time allow, we’ll stop at Inthar Heritage House to learn more about the history and culture of the lake’s indigenous people and enjoy a delicious coffee and cake.