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Pindaya

Pindaya is a small quiet town perched on the bank of the palcid Botoloke Lake. Pindaya cave is a huge cavern where hundreds and thoundsands of Buddha images in various size and shape are installed since the 11th century. The winding galleries and nooks and corners are ideal places of insight meditation since the olden days. Huge monastery compounds with numerous pagodas and temples in different stages of dilapidation are much respected by such ethnic groups as the Shans, Danus and Paos living in the environs of Pindaya.

SOUTHERN SHAN STATE (INLE & ENVIRONS)

Inle Lake, natural and unpolluted, is famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg-rowing of the Inthas, the native lake-dwellers. Moreover, floating villages, colorful daily floating market and Inle Spa are places worthy to visit.

INLE LAKE

This vast and picturesque lake is situated in the hilly Shan State in the eastern part of Myanmar. With an elevation of 900 meters above sea-level, it is one of the main tourist attractions in Myanmar. The lake, 22 km long and 10 km wide, has a population of some 150,000, many of whom live on floating islands of vegetation. Inle Lake, natural and unpolluted, is famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg-rowing of the Inthas, the native lake-dwellers. Moreover, floating villages, colorful daily floating market and Inle Spa are places worthy of visit. The festival of Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda in Inle Lake held during October is full of pageantry and colorful splendor.

How to get there

The most convenient way is to fly from Yangon, Bagan or Mandalay to Heho, which is the nearest airport to the lake. There are daily flights to Heho. If you are flying from Mandalay to Heho, it takes only 20 minutes. Traveling by car along the uphill and winding road over the Shan Plateau is interesting and well-worth taking although it takes long hours. There is also a regular train service via Thazi Junction to Heho and Shwe Nyaung, the nearest station to the lake.

What to see

Market days

The 5-day rotating market around Inle Lake offers a good opportunity to meet many different local tribes.

Please click here for the market days 2019/2020

Ywama

The largest village on the Inlay Lake; its streets are a web of canals. There are some beautiful teak houses built on large wooden piles driven into the lake bed. The main activity and attraction is at the floating market In the largest canal. It is to the North West of our hotel. By boat, it will take 15 minutes. The magnificent floating market is renowned. You can visit the goldsmith workshops, observe the sculpture and umbrella industries.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

One of the famous principal shrines in Myanmar, this pagoda houses five small Buddha images, which are much revered by the lake-dwellers. Once a year, in late September – early October, there is a pagoda festival during which, four of the five Buddha images tour around the lake in a colorful barge.

Indein

One of the small villages of Inle Lake located on the western bank of the lake. The ruin pagodas, hide in the bushes will give you an impression of you were in the 12th - 13th Centuries ago. This mysterious place is at the end of the marvellous Indein creek, which connected with Inle Lake just after the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. The creek is narrow with many twist and turns. Since the both sides are paddy fields you can see the farmers ploughing and harrowing by water buffaloes. At the lunch time while groups of farmers having lunch the water buffaloes enjoy themselves dipping in the creek. At many places in the creek the farmers dam up the water by bamboo barriers to irrigate the paddy fields. Indein water is not only useful for irrigation also for bathing and washing cloths. It is compulsory to see Novice monks, buffalo boys and village girls wash and swim in the creek.

Mine Thauk Market

A large and bustling market where you can find a real local atmosphere with a variety of produce from the lake.

Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery

This is an attractive wooden monastery built on stilts over the lake at the end of the 1850s. Aside from its collection of Buddhas the monastery may be of interest to visit because its monks have taught a few of the many cats living with them to jump through hoops.

Sangha & Hmawbi

Here you will have the opportunity to experience the original culture and traditional lifestyle of the Pao and Intha people. Kyauktaing, a small Shan village known for its pottery-making, and the village of Kyainkhan, where both monks’ robes (made from thousands of lotus stems) and strong alcohol (CS-Country Spirit) are produced.

ENVIRONS

TAUNGGYI

Over 1,430 meters above sea-level, is the capital of Shan State in the eastern part of Myanmar. A hill station known for its scenic beauty, Taunggyi is cool and pleasant all the year round. There are pines, cherry and eucalyptus trees growing all over the town and the whole area is green and pleasant. The busiest part of Taunggyi is the Myoma Market, a place where people from the environs used to flock only once every five days to buy and sell their regional products. Now it has become a daily market and is constantly crowded with people. It is also the gathering point of different national races residing in Taunggyi. Another interesting place to visit in Taunggyi is the Cultural Museum where cultural objects, musical instruments, traditional dresses, household and farm implements, paintings, sculptures, arts and crafts of the different national races residing in Shan State can be seen. There are also 'Hawnans" (palatial residences) where the Shan Sawbwas (Shan Chieftains) used to live can also be observed.

Balloon Festival

In Taunggyi, the capital city of the Shan State, the people celebrate the Tazaungdine festival with Kahtein (offering of monk robes) as well as the releasing up fire-balloons into the sky. Balloons in the shape of elephant, ox, horse, water-buffalo, bird, pig, fish, owl and parrot are released. The Taunggyi festival is the biggest festival in the country. It is attended not only by Taunggyi Citizens but also by people from southern Shan State and many different races. Taungyi's Kahtein tradition is amazing and worthy of reverence.

KEKKU

A hidden treasure an unusual, magnificent collection of Buddhist Stupas unheard of by historians and unlisted in guide books lies in the deepest Pa-oh territory, 26 miles south of Taunggyi the capital of Shan State. There lies more than 2000 stupas in a site closely packed together in ranks covering an area of approximately a square kilometer apparently unknown to outside world. Kekku area is covered and scattered by Pa-oh villages especially stretching along on both sides of the main road from north to south. The land route for tour groups starting from Taunggyi is possible and accessible for all year round. But tours originated from Inle Lake are considered to be possible only in the open season from late October to early May or before heavy rain falls. The yearly religious festival normally takes about one week. The climax of this festival usually falls on full moon of the Tabaung (Mid-March) every year. The Kekku pagodas festival also draws thousands of visitors from all parts of the Shan State.

KALAW

Kalaw, another hill station as well as peaceful summer resort nestled in pine-clad mountains, is 1,400 meters above sea-level. It is located 70 km west of Taunggyi. Many of the Tudor-style houses and English gardens of colonial days remain. In the neighborhood lie villages of Palaung and other hill tribes who come to Kalaw market held every five days in their colorful costumes, adding to the quiet attraction of Kalaw. Kalaw is a good place for hiking amid gnarled pines, bamboo groves and rugged mountain scenery. You can walk from Kalaw to Inle Lake in 2 to 3 days and stay overnight at local houses.

PINDAYA

Pindaya is a small quiet town perched on the bank of the palcid Botoloke Lake. Pindaya cave is a huge cavern where hundreds and thoundsands of Buddha images in various size and shape are installed since the 11th century. The winding galleries and nooks and corners are ideal places of insight meditation since the olden days. Huge monastery compounds with numerous pagodas and temples in different stages of dilapidation are much respected by such ethnic groups as the Shans, Danus and Paos living in the environs of Pindaya.

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Green Tea Restaurant

One of the few places to eat in Pindaya, Green Tea serves tasty local dishes with a stunning view of the lake. Despite being a popular tourist spot the prices are very reasonable and the food is always fresh and tasty. The best lake views are from the veranda, but it can get cool in the mountains. If you choose to sit indoors the atmosphere is also lovely.

Opening Hours: 07:00 - 22:00
Address: Shwe Oo Min Cave Road, Singaung Quarter, Pindaya
Tel: 66334

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PINDAYA AND THE SURROUNDING AREA
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FULL-DAY TOUR OF PINDAYA (L)

You will be picked up at your hotel around 8:00 a.m. With your guide, you will stroll through the town and visit the colourful market, which villagers travel to from the surrounding mountains to sell their fruit and vegetables. Enjoy a small snack in a tea shop near the market and watch the bustling morning market from there. On a tea plantation, your host will tell you all about the cultivation and preparation of tea and other regional delicacies and invite you to pick your own tea leaves. Lunch at a local restaurant. 
In the afternoon you will visit a family who specialise in the production of paper parasols. The paper is made from mulberry trees. Here, you can see the production and buy parasols of all sizes. Finally, you will visit the Pindaya Caves, which house more than 8,000 Buddhas. In the first caverns, there are countless Buddha statues (over 8,000). During the tour you will also discover small caves which can only be accessed by crawling. These serve as meditation spaces.

PRICES IN US$ PER PERSON, VALID FROM 01.05.2019 – 30.04.2020

 01.05.19 – 30.09.1901.10.19 – 31.10.19
01.03.20 – 30.04.20
01.11.19 – 29.02.20
1 person155170177
2 people9199103
3 people697578
4–6 people626770
7–10 people495456

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Lunch
  • Admission fees


NOT INCLUDED:

  • Bed and breakfast in Pindaya
  • Evening meal
  • Drinks
  • Admission fees
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, etc.
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DAY HIKE AROUND PINDAYA (L)

You will be picked up at your hotel around 8:00 a.m. You will walk from Pindaya with your guide. The path leads through beautiful countryside. On the way, you will visit the tribal villages of the Danu and Taung Yoe. The first hour takes you 300 metres uphill to Htwet Ni, a Danu village with around 40 houses. These people’s livelihoods are based on agriculture: they also occasionally cultivate fruit, such as papaya and jackfruit. Your tour guide will introduce you to the local villagers and show you how bamboo products such as hats and mats are traditionally made. For another hour, the steep path leads uphill (600 metres higher) to See Kya Inn, a Taung Yoe village. The local inhabitants work in plantations along this route, which are used to grow cauliflower, coffee, rice malt, tea and cordia leaves. Lunch at one of the houses in the village. In the afternoon, the path leads gently downhill. You will reach Taung Paw Gyi after two hours, where the vehicle will take you back to Kalaw.

PRICES IN US$ PER PERSON, VALID FROM 01.05.2019 – 30.04.2020

 01.05.19 – 30.09.1901.10.19 – 31.10.19
01.03.20 – 30.04.20
01.11.19 – 29.02.20
1 person155170177
2 people9199103
3 people697578
4–6 people626770
7–10 people495456

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Lunch
  • Admission fees


NOT INCLUDED:

  • Bed and breakfast in Pindaya
  • Evening meal
  • Drinks
  • Admission fees
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, etc.
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TREKKING IN SOUTHERN SHAN STATE

The southern Shan State is the most popular area for hiking. Kalaw, Pindaya and Inle Lake are great starting points to hike through pine forests, fruit plantations and bamboo groves in the nearby villages of Palaung, Danu, Taung Yoe and Pao. The products of the region are fruits which thrive in temperate climates, such as pears, peaches and oranges, as well as rice, tea, wheat, soya beans, peanuts, tobacco, potatoes, garlic, sunflower seeds and dried green leaves from the Cordia tree, used as wrappers for cheroots. You will stay overnight in private houses or monasteries.

Hikes leading to the north of the Inle Lake are very popular. But there is also the opportunity to hike to the south of the Inle Lake (Samkar Lake). Here, you will have the opportunity to experience the original culture and traditional lifestyle of the Pao and Intha people. 

OUR HIKING SUGGESTIONS
http://www.travel-myanmar.net/en/trekking/shan-state

TRANSPORT

Pindaya can be explored very easily on foot. Cycling is also a great way to explore Pindaya and its surroundings independently. Longer cycling tours to Inle Lake and to Kyaukse are also possible.
You can rent bicycles from many hotels, but you should check your bike thoroughly beforehand and take it for a quick test run. 
Rental prices for bicycles vary considerably and range from US$ 5 to US$ 10 per day.

Rental vehicles

You can also rent a car and driver. The vehicles are in good condition and have air conditioning. Before every long journey, the vehicle undergoes another thorough inspection and service. 

Reservation tips for vehicles:
Prices are indicated in US$ per vehicle for the respective service or route.

Car rental services charge an extra 50% during Thingyan (water festival and New Year), which is held from 13th April to 17th April.

PRICES IN US$ PER VEHICLE, VALID FROM 01.05.2019 – 30.04.2020

 Saloon
(up to 2 people)
Super custom
(up to 3 people)
Hi-ace
(up to 6 people)
Bus
(18-24 people)
Heho – Pindaya395580100
Full day in Pindaya2743  5582
Pindaya – Kalaw395580100
Pindaya – Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake)395580100
Pindaya – Taunggyi395580100
ONWARD JOURNEY FROM PINDAYA

CROSS-COUNTRY DRIVE WITH A RENTAL VEHICLE

The landscape on route from Pindaya (approx. three hours) to Mandalay (approx. five hours) is extremely beautiful. From Pindaya, you can also travel via Kalaw (approx. three hours) to Bagan (approx. seven hours). Stop on the way in Kalaw, which was once a popular “hill station”, where British civil servants sought refuge during the hot months. There is also good overnight accommodation in Kalaw.

Please note that one-way journeys are always more expensive because the driver has to travel back to the departure location. 

Car rental services charge an extra 50% during Thingyan (water festival & New Year) which is held from the 13th April to the 17th April.

PRICES IN US$ PER VEHICLE, VALID FROM 01.05.2019 – 30.04.2020

 Saloon
(up to 2 people)
Super custom
(up to 3 people)
Hi-ace
(up to 6 people)
Bus
(18-24 people)
Pindaya – Mandalay155176210358
Pindaya – Kalaw – Mt. Popa – Bagan (2 days/1 night)230270300510
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS FROM HEHO

With five airlines that are constantly expanding their network, more and more new and exciting destinations off the beaten track are gradually being opened up - from mountain climbing and rafting in the north, to the unspoilt islands of the Mergui Archipelago and Andaman Lake.

There are daily flights from Heho to Mandalay, Bagan, Yangon and Tachileik.
There are daily flights direct to Thandwe (Ngapali Beach) during the peak tourist period from October to the end of April. Flights to destinations such as Kyaing Tong and Lashio are not available daily.

Domestic flights are offered by the following airlines:

Air KBZ: www.airkbz.com
Golden Myanmar Airlines: www.gmairlines.com
Myanmar National Airlines: www.flymna.com
Mann Yadanarpon Airlines: www.airmyp.com
Yangon Airways: www.yangonair.com

Luggage allowance for domestic flights:
The airlines carry a certain amount of checked bags (“luggage”) and hand luggage, free of charge.

One item of checked luggage up to 20 kg 
One item of hand luggage up to 8 kg

Please remember that each item of luggage should be labelled with your name and mobile/landline number before it is checked in at the airport.

Transfer and check-in:
Depart three and a half hours before your flight from Pindaya. The transfer time to the airport in Heho is two hours.

DESTINATIONNOTESFLIGHT DURATIONPRICES FROM
MandalaySeveral flights a day between 09:20 and 18:3035 minUS$ 76
BaganAvailable daily, morning flights from 09:3 and afternoon flights between 16:00 and 17:040 minUS$ 89
YangonSeveral flights a day between 09:00 and 18:001 h 10 minUS$ 116
Thandwe (Ngapali Beach)Daily at 10:00 from October to the end of April1 hUS$ 121
TachileikAt least one flight a day between 11:30 and 14:0055 minUS$ 132
Kyaing TongMyanmar National Airlines ( www.flymna.com) flies to Kyaing Tong every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.35 minUS$ 168
LashioMyanmar National Airlines ( www.flymna.com) flies every Tuesday at 12:30 and Air Kamboza www.airkbz.com every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 13:5050 minUS$ 132
BUSES FROM PINDAYA

Buses travel regularly from here to Nyaung Shwe (Lake Inle), Taunggyi, Mandalay and Yangon.

The bus station (Highway Station) is in the centre, behind the market. Please always be at the bus station half an hour before departure.

All prices are indicated in US$ per person for the respective route.

TO NYAUNG SHWE (INLE LAKE)

Bus routeDepartureArrivalPrice
Shwe U Min06:0007:304
Shwe Da Nu06:0007:304
Htun Da Nu06:0007:304
Shwe U Min14:0015:304
Shwe Da Nu14:0015:304
Htun Da Nu14:0015:304

TO TAUNGGYI

Bus routeDepartureArrivalPrice
Shwe U Min06:0009:004
Shwe Da Nu06:0009:004
Htun Da Nu06:0009:004
Shwe U Min14:0017:004
Shwe Da Nu14:0017:004
Htun Da Nu14:0017:004

TO MANDALAY

Bus routeDepartureArrivalPrice
Royal11:0018:007

TO YANGON

Bus routeDepartureArrivalPrice
Lumbini18:0006:0017
Thit Sar Oo18:0006:0012
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