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  • Take a long-tail boat through the dreamy floating villages and lush gardens of Inle Lake
  • Visit a local home and discover daily life
  • Admire the throne room at Nga Phael Chaung Monastery
  • Get a taste of traditional Inthar cooking while eating with locals at one of the popular old restaurants around the lake
Still Waters Run Deep: The Indein Experience tour starts and ends in Inle. Still Waters Run Deep: The Indein Experience is a Sailing, Yachting And Motor Boating tour that takes 9 hours.

Combine lush jungle scenery and adventurous Lara Croft-style expeditions through lost kingdoms, then add flying cats to create the perfect mix of the serene and the surreal on Inle Lake.
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“Lee explained much about the Literature Temple, the prison, the Hoan Kiem Lake island temple, and the lacquer studio, that we would not have been aware of. At the end he brought us to the best street food lunch we had (of many) in Vietnam. A real professional tour.”
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“I had such a good time on the Prague Beer & Tapas tour. I met great people from around the world, had some yummy food, and drank some great beer - all the while, learning more about Prague. Pete was funny, knowledgeable, and very proud of local Prague beer and pub culture.”
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5 - Excellent
“I bought this adventure for my husband for his birthday as he loves to kayak. I was feeling unsure going into it but ended up having the most amazing time. The kayaks were very stable and I never felt like I'd fall out - even as we sat and ate our delicious fish and chips for dinner! The tour spanned afternoon, twilight and evening which was a great way to see Melbourne change over time. The tour guides were fantastic - heaps of fun, easy-going and very knowledgable. They made the tour heaps of fun and very social while still making it safe. This tour is such a great way to see Melbourne from a different perspective. My husband and I would definitely recommend this tour so much so that we'll be back to do it again!!”
Itinerary
You cannot visit Inle Lake without exploring its famous stilt villages. For almost a century, farmers in the area have farmed unique floating gardens (or, as locals call them, ye chan), built from rafts of water hyacinth and silt anchored to the lake bed with bamboo stakes. Your traditional long-tail boat will take you to meet some of the villagers to find out what it’s really like to live and work on top of a lake. Our very first stop of this tour will be a local home, we will meet with a local family, share our stories and see how people live their day to day lives. 

After experiencing the tranquility of the lake, it’s time for a bit of history. At the monastery of Nga Phael Chaung, you will see intricate thrones used by the great monks over hundred years ago. 

After admiring antique thrones, we will hop back in our boat and glide through a few more floating villages where you will have a chance to meet local artisans such as silversmiths and silk weavers. Then you are in for a real treat: lunch in a traditional Inthar restaurant. Or you could choose to eat in one of the Chinese or European-themed restaurants — the choice is yours. Once you have filled your belly with local (or not) culinary culture, it’s time to learn more about the extraordinary Inthar people at their heritage museum.

We will then take a boat through Indein Creek, floating past farmers ploughing rice fields with their water buffalo. The next stop is an Indiana Jones fantasy come true — the ancient crumbling ruins of a lost village among lush green forest. We will ascend 800 steps, past decaying pagodas and colourful remnants of old temples, to find one of the world’s most stunning scenes laid out before our eyes: a sea of decaying stupas, a truly captivating sight. If this view isn’t on your bucket list already, it darn well should be. 

Our tour ends with one final boat ride across the placid waters of Inle Lake, giving you another opportunity to capture that quintessential holiday snap of the Inthar fisherman with his conical fishing net. 

Before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for tips on what else to see and do during your stay. 
what’s included
Guide
  • Local English-speaking guide
Others
  • Boat fare
what’s excluded
  • Entrance fees
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide.
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Duration 9 hours
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 12 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Inle, Myanmar/ Inle, Myanmar
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Other Practical InformationMeeting start point : Nyaung Shwe City Hotel, No. 20, Win Quarter Nyaung Shwe Township, Southern Shan State. Meeting end point : Nyaung Shwe Jetty, Nyaung Shwe Township.
CancellationCancellation for this Still Waters Run Deep: The Indein Experience tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.
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