Myanmar Travels and Tours
Customised tours, eco-tours for young people and international
(PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA FESTIVAL) TOUR
purpose of the tour is to appreciate the culture of the Inle
Lake residents by participating in the famous Inlay Festival
2011. This festival is also known as the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
Festival and was held in October 9 -26 in 2010. In 2011, it
will start on Sep 28, 2011,
The festival is
held from the first day of the waxing moon to the 3rd day
after the full moon of Thadingyut. This is usually September
and October in the Western calendar. Details of the Festival
are shown below.
The Phaung Daw Oo
Pagoda is one of the famous Principal Pagodas in
Myanmar. It houses five Buddha images.
is the main attraction of Inle Festival. It is situated in the
middle of the Lake. The five Buddha Images are covered with
gold-leaves, applied on them for merit-making process from
well-wishers for several
hundred years. Now
they look like gold-rock. By applying gold, the pilgrims or
gain merit (the Buddhism belief of doing good in the present
life to get merits in the next life) and get good health and
Four of the five Buddha images from the Phaung Daw Oo Pagodas
are carried in a gold-coloured barge pulled by traditional
long boats manned by over a hundred rowers, during 10-20 days,
around the lake. The 5th is left to "guard" the resting place
at the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda while the festival is held. This
Inlay Lake Festival usually occur in first and second week of
October every year.
This is a national event. An example of the
itinerary of the 2011 festival is
given below. Our guide will take you to the best
positions to enable you to participate in the festival and
capture excellent photographs for your memories and to show
FOR SINGAPOREANS & JAPANESE EXPATRIATES
Shwe Inn Tha Floating Resort which houses Ann's Restaurant has
excellent Japanese food. Local dishes are provided. The Resort
is located at
Thalay Village, Nyaung
Shwe, Shan State, Inle Lake,
and nearer to the markets. Rooms are big and spacious.
bathrooms, bedrooms and living areas
Rooms facing west
receive views of a beautiful sunset
Lake, you become one with nature.
Touch the cool clear clean waters, see the blue skies,
feel the gentle waves, walk along the blue brownish
hills, paint the evening sunset, smell the fresh cool
air, say hello to the birds skimming the waters.
You leave your urban worries behind.
You clear your mind. You will just fall in love again.
Internet access in the hotel is available and free.
However, connections are slow.
Forget about internet for the duration of stay and enjoy
your freedom from being electronically tethered.
Explore the area and eat different types of good food at
some good restaurants in Inle Lake.
beautiful sunset is much appreciated by German, French
and Japanese tourists if you see their travel blogs and
De-stress, enjoy the changing colours of the
golden sunset, be glad to be alive, fall in love again,
re-charge your soul and create your big dreams here at
tourists take a boat ride to their hotel around noon
when they arrive after an internal flight from Yangon to
Heho Airport. They needed to leave Yangon at around 6 am
to catch the flight from Yangon Airport.
Friendly residents wave to tourists
Inle Lake fisherman
is unique in that he uses his leg to paddle his boat
villagers walk several hours to bring their crops to
sell at the floating market. Some farmers use the boat to sell
their tomatoes and vegetables
Beautiful sunset. Tranquil waters. Going
back to the hotel.
example of itinerary: Year 2011 is
shown as follows:
Sep 26, (Mon)
Singapore to Yangon.
Overnight stay in Yangon
Sep 27, (Tue)
Arrival at Inle Lake
Sep 28, (Wed)
Opening Ceremony of
Inlay Festival at 6 am. The boat carrying Buddha images
moves out from the
Oo Pagoda to various places below
Sep 29 , (Thur)
Sep 30, (Fri)
Oct 1, (Mon)
Nga Phe Chaung
Monastery (Jumping Cat Monastery)
Oct 2, (Tue)
(passing the front of Shwe Inn Tha Floating Resort).
Photographers can get good views of early morning move
to Jumping Cat Monastery to Kayesakone to west side of
Oct 3, (Mon)
Linkin (west side of
Oct 4, (Tue)
Oct 5, (Wed)
Oct 6, (Thur)
Naung Shwe Boat Race
Oct 7, (Fri)
Mine Thuk Monastery
(east side of Inle Lake)
Oct 8, (Sat)
Thale U Monastery
(east side of Inle Lake). Far from Ann's Restaurant).
Near GIC II Hotel
Oct 9, (Sun)
Oct 10, (Mon)
Oct 11, (Tue)
Oct 12, (Wed)
Minepyo (full moon)
Oct 13, (Thur)
Oct 14, (Fri)
Oct 15, (Sat)
Boat returns to
Boat race (biggest festival attraction)
Night time celebrations with traditional songs and
dancing attract more than 10,000 people
Oct 16, (Sun), Oct
17, (Mon), Oct 18 (Tue)
Oct 19, (Wed)
Festival). Rice Festival. More than 30,000 ethnic
minority people gather for donations of rice and
vegetables. Not to be missed. Good for photographers
Oct 20, (Thur)
2nd day of Indein (Pao
and expatriates who want to make a small difference to
help Myanmar villages and still have fun.
Instead of touring developed countries for more than 1
time or go to Bangkok to do more shopping and eating,
why not go to Myanmar's Inle Festival in October 2011?
spending makes a big difference as it brings in hard
currency which will improve the standard of living and
provides money for the building of schools and education
of the Inle Lake children.
time to visit is during the dry season which is from
October to May.
2 tours at the Inle Lake
are arranged to enjoy the Festival in
September and October of the year.
Early booking of the hotel accommodation is essential as
this Festival attracts more than 10,000 international
tourists. 4-star hotel accommodation such as the Shwe
Inn Tha Floating Resort will be full nearer to the date
of the Festival.