This is the fourth in a series of blog posts about the Myanmar Yoga Adventure. Read more and WHY we're taking a yoga retreat to Myanmar with our students here.
We leave the golden Pagodas of Bagan to travel to our third destination on the Adore Myanmar Yoga Adventure - Inle Lake. Set in the gorgeous Shan Hills, Inle Lake is a cooler, fresher environment than Ngapali or Bagan. Inle Lake was designated one of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO in 2015 and, with a surface area of 116 square kilometers and 880m elevation, the air feels much fresher than either Ngapali or Bagan.
There are so many reasons to love Inle Lake. Take a boat ride through the town’s network of canals (it’s kind of the Venice of Asia!), then sail into the lake itself where you’ll see local fishermen catching fish and harvesting water weed in the same traditional way as generations of their forefathers.
A boat trip on the lake isn’t complete without stops at local weaving factories, silver factories and pagodas – all housed in tall buildings on stilts in the lake itself. Our favourite spot is Inle Heritage, a non-profit facility that preserves and develops traditional Burmese arts, crafts, cooking and culture. There’s even a Burmese cat project, re-introducing these cute critters to Myamar after years of neglect and cross breeding decimated the numbers of pure Burmese.
Our accommodation (and Community Partners) at Inle Lake
We LOVE our Community Partners at Inle Lake. Kyaw Swar and his wife Mee Mee are our hosts at Lake Inle. Together they have built A Little Eco Lodge, an extraordinary eco-friendly home-from-home, set amidst beautiful organic gardens. This locally owned business employs and trains local people and supports the whole village community.
Kyaw Swar has also built a school for the children of the village and his sister is an amazing cook – you’ll get to enjoy her cuisine, prepared with organic produce from the gardens, while relaxing in an amazing bamboo treehouse. We'll also be enjoying yoga and meditation every day at A Little Eco lodge, practicing among the organic gardens with views of the surrounding hills.
Inel Lake is a wonderful way to complete our adventure in Myanmar and a place to create long-lasting memories of stunning locations, friendly people and a unique culture.
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Nikola Ellis is the founder of Adore Yoga, yoga therapist, counsellor and teacher trainer. She conducts regular trainings that help people of all ages, shapes and abilities enjoy the benefits of yoga and meditation, including Meditation Facilitator Certificate Trainings; Level 1 200hr Teacher Training and Post Graduate Yoga Teacher Training in Mental Health, Adaptive Asana and the Foundations of Yoga Therapy and a highly regarded professional 650hr Graduate Certificate of Yoga Therapy.