Discover the sights, sounds and tastes of Inle Lake and Nyaung Shwe with this culinary adventure to one of the most picturesque regions of Myanmar


2 Days, 1 Night     FROM US$ 338 PER PERSON

Explore Myanmar through its regional delicacies with this investigation of the area that surrounds the magical Inle Lake.

Inle Lake is the sustenance that supports life in the region, and this tour will give you the unique chance to see the transition from agriculture to dining with each stop along the way.

You’ll see how the food is grown, harvested and production techniques before the crops are stored and distributed. Then you’ll learn about the raw ingredients themselves and their place in Myanmar cuisine. You’ll be shown by locals how to prepare several dishes and finally taste the food.

This culinary journey also allows cultural exploration, showing you insider area of local towns and markets, such as Khaung Daing Village on the lake’s western shoreline, and Nyaung Shwe, known as the gateway to Inle Lake.

The sensational culinary excursion ends with a lunch and taste-testing at Red Mountain Estate, Myanmar’s finest winemaker with stunning views of the spectacular surrounding Shan Mountains and majestic Inle Lake.


Each of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

The Backyard Travel Team,


Learn some of the secrets of Myanmar cuisine at a cooking experience with a local family in their home
Take a guided boat tour of Inle Lake and experience the quaint town of Nyaung Shwe
Spend time in the lesser-seen Khaung Daing Village on Inle Lake’s west shoreline
Visit the Red Mountain Estate, Myanmar’s finest wine producer to sample the rapidly improving local varietals

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Inle Lake

    ‘Minglabar’ Inle Lake! Inle Lake provides sustenance to the local hill tribes of the region and is the center of the areas ecosystem. A deep body of water, the freshwater lake is surrounded by the looming Shan Mountains and is home to floating gardens and rural villages, all of which can be explored by boat.

    Your local Backyard Travel guide will meet you at your hotel this morning and escort you to board your private motorboat, which is decked out with cushioned seats, lifejackets and umbrellas for protection from the sun or rain, depending on the season, as well as blankets in the winter.

    Your excursion will start at a morning market (the earlier your departure time the better), that changes its location around the lake on a five-day basis. Here the communities which inhabit the lake region, including local hill tribes such as the Pa-Oh, Intha and Shan people, all come to trade their handmade wares and farmed goods with each other.

    The markets are bustling hives of activity with many interesting sights on offer. If you are here on a dark moon or full moon however, there may not be a market depending on the lunar cycle.

    From the market you will then continue to the center of Inle Lake in your private motorboat, passing floating garden houses built on stilts inhabited by the local Intha People, and the famous ‘leg-rowing’ fishermen who make their living from the lake’s plentiful supply of fish.

    Next you will head to Khaung Daing Village on the western shore of the lake, a village famous for their Shan tofu specialties including fried tofu crackers and other tofu treats. If you’re fortunate you may also be able to observe the production process of some of the snacks and see their secret tricks and techniques.

    Your culinary adventure of Inle Lake will continue to the local house of an Intha family who will welcome you to learn how to prepare a traditional-style lunch made using fresh, local ingredients. The family of cooks will share their techniques, passed down through generations, and explain about the local produce and its purpose in each dish. Once you’ve assisted in the preparation of the feast, you will sit down together and enjoy a delicious lunch.

    Sated and happy, your tour will then continue to Maing Thuak Village where you can choose to be driven by car or embark upon a guided bike ride to take you to your next destination, Nyaung Shwe, the road to which passes by numerous sugar cane, corn and vegetable farms. Depending on the season, long the way you’ll take a break to observe the processing of molasses or perhaps the harvesting of local produce or planting for next year’s crop.

    Overnight in Inle Lake

    Meals included: Lunch

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  • Day 2: Inle Lake

    The second day of your exploration of Myanmar cuisine will begin with a delicious breakfast, after which you will take a trishaw tour of Nyaung Shwe. The town is located a few kilometers north of Inle Lake and is commonly used as the main gateway to gain access to the famous lake itself.

    Your tour will begin by the canal where you will observe locals running their boats to and from the lake before continuing to the local market where you can peruse the stalls and all the wares being traded. The market is the main selling point for the indigenous hill tribes of the region to sell their handmade wares.

    You’ll then make a pit-stop at a nearby tea shop to try a cup of sweet tea for which Myanmar is famous, along with a treat like a fried local donut or perhaps a savory snack like a samosa, as you take a seat and watch the town people pass by.

    Eventually you will loop around to the ‘Tomato House’, which is a depot for the majority of produce from Inle Lake used as storage before the goods make their way to various parts of the country.

    Finally you will have the opportunity to stop at Red Mountain Estate, one of Myanmar’s top vineyards, to sample the local wine grown using grapes from France, harvested by people from the Pah Oh hill tribe. You’ll be able to enjoy a leisurely guided tour of the picturesque grounds and vines which are complemented by the stunning backdrop of the Shan Mountains and Inle Lake. After the tour and a brief introduction to the vineyard, you’ll sit down to a fabulous lunch using local ingredients paired with some of the winery’s best varietals. After you have digested both the fabulous cuisine and stunning views, you will then be transferred either back to your hotel or on to Heho airport for your onward flight.

    Should you wish to combine this compact exploration of Inle Lake’s iconic cuisine with any other region of Myanmar, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Yangon-based travel specialists who will be happy to help!

    Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch


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Tour Details

All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

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.

You, your holiday and booking direct: Backyard Travel are on the ground year-round in Asia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by local Travel Specialists who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.

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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We have offices in all of our destinations in asia, fully staffed and open all year-round.

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