Float to the little-seen villages and ‘sunken’ stupas of Sagar. Taste the local rice wine and meet a local or two on a short Inle Lake tour.


2 Days, 1 Night     FROM US$ 215 PER PERSON

The magnificent waters of Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s finest natural sights, offers more than the well-trafficked stilted villages and floating gardens known to tourists. Journey with us on a short Inle Lake tour to Sagar, a lovely region on the southern-most reaches of the lake. Here, the Pa-oh, Shan and Inthar people carry on their traditions in quaint villages against a beautiful backdrop of Shan Hills.

A scenic 2- to 3-hour boat ride with lovely views and bird sightings will bring you to the region of Sagar, which remains unseen by many foreign visitors. You’ll visit the ‘sunken stupas’ of Sagar: 108 stupas built in the 16th and 17th centuries that stand along the lake’s shore and are partially submerged by water once a year. You’ll also visit the local villages, such as Sae Khaung Pottery Village, where you can observe potters at work. Take the opportunity to watch the distillation of Thaya Gone Village’s famed rice wine and indulge in a taste if you’d like! Drink in spectacular views from a hilltop, enjoy breakfast on a terrace and visit the 200 stupas of Tar Kaung before heading back to Inle Lake or Nyaung Shwe for your onward travel.



“Very few people see Sagar but it is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places on Inle Lake. This short tour is worth going out of your way!”

Wai Lin, Backyard Travel Myanmar Specialist


Visit the enigmatic ‘sunken stupas’ of Sagar, a site little seen by foreigners
Observe the craft of local potters and explore their traditional kilns
Sample the famed, locally made rice wine of Thaya Gone Village
Enjoy panoramic views of Inle Lake and its surrounding villages from a hilltop

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Nyaung Shwe/Inle Lake/Loikaw – Sagar

    You’ll cover a lot of ground (or shall we say “water”?) on this short Inle lake tour. Departing from Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake or Loikaw, you’ll head to Sagar, located on the southern shore of Inle Lake (an additional charge applies for a boat and car from Loikaw). Sagar was only opened to tourists in 2003, and although precious few foreign visitors travel this region, it’s one of the most beautiful places in Shan State. Here, the mountains form a majestic backdrop for the small villages and the fishermen as they work.

    The boat journey provides 2 to 3 hours of fabulous views and sightings of the unique species of birds that live here. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

    When you arrive in Sagar, you’ll have the opportunity to visit several interesting sites. The highlight is the ‘sunken’ stupas of Sagar. Built in the 16th to 17th centuries, the 108 stupas here are partially submerged in the waters of Inle Lake for a few months out of the year. You can also visit a local monastery and village if you choose. (The order of visits and activities will depend on the time, activity in the villages, etc.)

    Overnight in Sagar

    Meals included: 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/Inle Lake/Loikaw

    Today, you’ll start the day with breakfast on the rooftop terrace of your hotel.

    After hotel check out, continue your short Inle Lake tour at Thaya Gone Village, which is home to populations of the Pa-Oh, Shan and Inthar people. The village is known for its local rice wine. Observe how the locals distill the wine. You can indulge in a taste if you’d like. You’ll also have the opportunity to climb to the top of a hill in Thaya Gone, which offers fantastic views of the lake and surrounding villages.

    We’ll make a stop at Sae Khaung Pottery Village to see villagers crafting oil and water pots. We’ll also have the chance to see the traditional underground kilns they use. We’ll also visit Tar Kaung, a cluster of more than 200 stupas on the western shores of Sagar, which makes for great photos.

    You’ll be treated to a lunch of regional dishes at a local restaurant before returning to Inle Lake or Nyaung Shwe for your onward travel.

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

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

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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

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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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