Discover the lesser-seen Sagar to the south of Inle Lake and see the curious sunken stupas as well as the local village life of the regions Pa-O hill tribes


2 Days, 1 Night     FROM US$ 215 PER PERSON

Take a scenic cruise across the vast, scenic expanse of Inle Lake and visit the lesser-seen Sagar village where you’ll discover over 100 sunken stupas and undisturbed villages of the Pa-O hill tribe.

A scenic boat cruise across Inle Lake to reach Sagar sets the tone for a trip full of atmospheric explorations as you drift down the peaceful waters disturbed only by other boats, fishermen plying their trade and village children diving into the great lake to combat the heat

Upon arrival in seldom-seen Sagar you’ll be treated to a guided exploration of the sunken stupas submerged by the lake. You’ll also have the chance to take a tour of other nearby attractions; relishing the fact the region attracts far fewer travelers than other parts of Myanmar.

In the evening you’ll spend the night at a quaint lodge and in the morning awake to a picturesque breakfast service on the lodge’s rooftop terrace. Throughout the morning you’ll then enjoy trips to various Pa-O hill tribe villages of Sae Khaung and Tar Kaung and discover their ancient secrets for rice wine and pottery production.


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 all about the Pa-O hill tribes with a visit to Sae Khaung and Tar Kaung villages
Take a cruise down to a remote area of Inle Lake and appreciate the idyllic beauty of the picturesque region
Visit the sunken stupas of Sagar, submerged by Inle Lake

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Inle Lake - Sagar

    Your expert Travel Specialist will arrange your boat transport from Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake or Liokaw* to the rarely visited village of Sagar - an undiscovered gem located in the southern section of the majestic lake.

    The three-hour boat journey over Inle Lake is a scenic treat in itself, passing through unspoiled nature through the magnificent mountain range. You’ll drift by fishermen going about their daily duties and village-lined riverbanks with children from Pa-O hill tribes keen to demonstrate their diving abilities to any boat that goes by.

    Along the way you’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of many of the indigenous birds that call the lake home.

    Despite the scenic trip, relatively few travelers make the journey to Sagar, which may surprise you given the beauty you’ll experience in the small Shan State region.

    Once you arrive in the Sagar you’ll begin your exploration with a series of stops at fascinating sites, such as the ‘sunken’ stupas of Sagar - over 100 half-submerged stupas from the 16-17th century - as well as a small local village to unearth the unique culture of the Pa-O people, and pay visit to striking monastery.

    Later your local Backyard Travel guide will escort you to your overnight village retreat, a hypnotic 8-room accommodation that’s as charming as the region.*Supplementary charge applies for Liokaw - Sagar trip

    Overnight in Sagar

    Meals included on this day: Dinner

    Stupas,Inle Lake,  MyanmarPeople Travel By Boat Through a Community Built On the Lake1000x600Tradition of people on Inle Lake, Myanmar.
  • Day 2: Sagar - Nyaung Shwe

    In the morning you’ll take a scenic breakfast on the terrace of your friendly lodge. Once sated, you’ll checkout of your hotel and continue to the quaint village of Thaya Gone, a legendary Pa-O settlement in the region that’s well-known for its production of local rice wine.

    You’ll be given the unique chance to see behind the scenes during the production stage of the tasty beverage, and later even have the chance to sample a glass should you so desire.

    There will also be the chance to climb to a viewpoint atop a small hill which offers wonderful views of the lake and surrounding villages.

    Depending on time, your lunch stop will be taken at one of the local villages to sample some traditional cuisine, which your Backyard Travel guide will be happy to advise you about.

    Your next stop can be taken at the Sae Khaung Pottery Village where you’ll have the opportunity to witness the crafting of oil and water pots and the traditional underground kilns that have been used for as long as locals can remember.

    Time permitting, your expert Backyard Travel guide may also take you to the western shores of Sagar to Tar Kaung where the 200+ stupas make for a wonderful photo opportunity.

    You’ll then embark upon your onward journey as decided with your local Travel Specialist.

    Should you wish to combine this compact exploration 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 on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

    Tar Kaung Stupas, MyanmarWomen Making Earthen Pots, Sagaing, Myanmar

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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 in luxury accommodation. 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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