Inle Lake & the East
This huge lake is rimmed with high hills, with stilt-house villages, water-bound temples and floating gardens. Boats are the main means of transport around the lake, and the Intha people who live here are known for uniquely rowing their flat-bottomed boats with one leg. Inle comes alive during the Phaung Daw Oo Paya festival in late September/early October.
Founded as a hill station by the British, Kalaw offers great hiking, visiting hill tribes with Danu, Pa-O and Taung Yo villagers through the forests, fields and trails that link the town and Inle Lake.
There are more than 8,700 golden buddhas in the atmospheric winding complex of natural caves and tunnels at Pindaya. Pilgrims arriving in a slow, steady stream leave new images and meditate in tiny chambers formed by natural cavities.
The second-biggest city in Shan State, this is one of the most attractive towns in Myanmar. Guided day treks can be made to traditional hill-tribe villages.