This vast picturesque lake, 900 metres above sea-level, is one of the main tourist attractions in Myanmar. The lake, 22 km long and 10 km across, has a population of some 150,000 many of whom live on floating islands of vegetation. Inlay Lake, natural and unpolluted, is famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg-rowing of the Inthas, the native lake dwellers.
The most convenient way is to fly from Yangon to Heho, which is the nearest airport to the lake. There are daily flights to Heho which take about one hour. The flight from Mandalay to Heho takes only 20 minutes. Travelling by car along the uphill and winding road over the Shan Plateau, taking long hours is interesting the nearest station to the Lake.
There are newly built cottage-style hotels with modern facilities on the Lake and modern-style hotels at Nayung-shwe, which is the gateway to Inlay Lake.
The largest village on the inlay Lake; its streets are a web of canals. There are some beautiful teak houses built on large wooden poles driven into the Lake bed. The main activity and attraction is at the floating market in the largest canal.