Dine with an Inthar family, try Shan-style tofu and sample Myanmar’s best wines. Get a true taste of lake life on a culinary Inle Lake tour.

3 Days, 2 Nights     FROM US$ 348 PER PERSON

This culinary tour of Inle Lake brings you face to face with the sights, sounds, flavors and denizens of one of Myanmar’s most majestic natural sites. Here, among stilted villages, mangrove forests and bustling shoreline markets, you’ll see—and taste!—how this freshwater lake serves as the lifeblood of the Burmese, Pa-Oh, Inthar and Shan people who have lived on the lake and along its shores for generations.

Starting with a private motorboat tour all around the lake, you’ll discover Inle’s watery villages, leg-rowing fishermen and regional cuisine for a comprehensive sampling of lake life. On the first day of your culinary Inle Lake tour, you’ll explore the western village of Khaung Daing to sample the region’s famed Shan-style tofu snacks, and continue on to join an Inthar family prepare generations-old recipes for a traditional lunch in their home.

The next day, you’ll be driven down narrow lanes past monasteries and busy canals on a trishaw tour of Nyaung Shwe. Stop for tea at a local tea shop and head to Myanmar’s best winery, Red Mountain Estate, to enjoy lunch and a wine tasting. You’ll have a stunning view of Inle Lake with the Shan Hills as a spectacular backdrop! The next day, we’ll wish you a safe flight and transfer you to Heho Airport.


“This culinary Inle Lake tour is a treat for foodies and people interested in true Myanmar culture.”

Wai Lin, Backyard Travel Myanmar Specialist


Sip tea at a traditional tea shop, the perfect place for people-watching
Cook a lunch feast together with an Inthar family in their stilted house
Indulge in a sumptuous lunch and wine tasting with a view at Red Mountain Estate Winery
Tour the placid waters and bustling shorelines of Inle Lake on a private motorboat

Daily Itinerary


  • Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Inle Lake

    On the first morning of your culinary Inle Lake tour, your guide will meet you at your hotel and bring you to the jetty where you’ll board a private motorboat and embark on a lakebound adventure. Enjoy a comfortable ride with cushioned seats, lifejackets and umbrellas to protect from the sun or rain, as well as blankets in the winter.
    Begin with a visit to the shoreline morning market, which changes locations every 5 days. This daily market is a hive of activity, attracting people from along the lake’s shores. You might even catch glimpses of Pa-Oh, Shan and Inthar people dressed in their traditional outfits. Stroll through the maze of stalls while your guide explains the regional produce and goods on offer. (Please note: No markets are held on full moon or dark moon days.)
    Jump back aboard and pass villages of stilted houses, floating gardens and the lake’s famous leg-rowing fishermen as you continue across the lake. You’ll soon reach Khaung Daing Village located on Inle’s western shores. This village has a unique claim to fame: its Shan-style tofu crackers and triangular tofu treats! You can watch the local people as they make the snacks, and perhaps you’ll even feel like joining in as they sift, boil and mash the soy beans and turn them into cakes to dry in the sun. What a fabulous taste of local lake life!
    Next, we’ll drift on to the house of an Inthar family, where you’ll join in the lunch preparations. Together with your hosts, you’ll produce a feast of traditional Inthar dishes made from freshly caught fish, local produce and herbs. These recipes have been handed down for generations. When you’re done cooking, seat yourself around a large wooden table and enjoy your delicious lunch.
    Overnight on Inle Lake
    Meals included: Lunch

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  • Day 2: Inle Lake – Nyaung Shwe

    This morning after breakfast, we’ll head to the city of Nyuang Shwe for a tour by trishaw. Begin with a visit to a canal where you’ll see boats coming in from the lake to unload vegetables—the produce is distributed throughout the country from here. Then we’ll continue to the Nyaung Shwe morning market, where local vendors sell fresh catches from the lake and produce from nearby farms.
    Next we’ll stop at a local tea shop to taste a cup of Myanmar’s famous sweet tea and pair it with a fried donut, samosa or other regional favorite. Located on a busy street corner near the market, the tea shop is the perfect place for people watching.
    We’ll hop back into the trishaw to continue around town, winding through quiet streets and stopping at the “tomato house,” where tomatoes are sorted and priced. Our final stop will be Red Mountain Estate, one of Myanmar’s finest wineries. Enjoy a guided tour of the property and vineyards and drink in the views of Inle Lake below with the Shan Hills as the backdrop. You’ll be treated to lunch and a wine tasting, so you can sample the variants grown here and enjoy a set menu of local dishes.
    After lunch, we’ll journey along the eastern shore of the lake. The road passes vast plantations of corn, sugar cane and vegetables, where we can make a stop to observe the processing of molasses and other village activies. Your boat will be waiting at our final stop, Maing Thauk Village.
    Overnight on Inle Lake
    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

  • Day 3: Inle Lake – Nyaung Shwe – Depart

    We hope you enjoyed your culinary Inle Lake tour! After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll transfer you to the Heho Airport for your onward journey or departure flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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Tour Details

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Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

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icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

icon Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

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