Arriving at Heho, a quiet transit town with one of the few air links to Shan State, you will be greated by your guide and driver.
On the way to Inle Lake, you will stop by a local family’s house to see the makings of Shan umbrellas and papers based on traditional methods with fiber from mulberry tree. It is a great experience looking at the locally produced paper and comparing its texture and smoothness to the regular mass-produced commercial paper and seeing the differences.
Then, you will take a drive to Inle Lake descending through a valley with views of the Shan mountains and rice fields.
After checking-in at the hotel, you will embark on an afternoon exploration in Inle Lake, populated with floating islands and gardens made from the tangled roots of water hyacinth plants and reeds whereas you may indulge in the picturesque sights of fishermen who balance and row with one leg, a technique unique to the Inn Thar minority group on Inle Lake.
Finally, you will visit the century old Nga Phe Kyaung monastery with beautiful Buddha statues inside.
Accommodation: There are 3 hotel ranges for your selection, please scroll down.
Optional: Shan cooking class at Viewpoint Restaurant.
Duration: 3.5hrs approx.
Participants visit the local market with our head chef to purchase the food to be prepared for a special gourmet luncheon. The chef explains how to shop, traditional bargaining and explains the ingredients being purchased. The cooking class then returns to the kitchen, where the chef begins the basic lessons and prepares the meal with the class.