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DT 201105 -
MYANMAR'S INLE FESTIVAL
(PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA FESTIVAL) 2011 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. This
Pagoda 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 well-wishers hope
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
This is a national event and the details of the 2011
festival are 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 your friends.
ACCOMMODATION 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
Nyaung Shwe, Shan State,
nearer to the markets. Rooms are big and spacious.
At Inle 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
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.
bathrooms, bedrooms and living areas
Rooms facing west receive views of a
Inle Lake's beautiful sunset
is much appreciated by German, French and Japanese tourists if you see
their travel blogs and facebook pages.
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 Inle Lake.
Singapore 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.
Brooms for sale?
Friendly local residents of
Inle Lake. They smile and wave to tourists and even pose for photographs.
Inle Lake fisherman is unique in that
he uses his leg to paddle his boat
Mother and child going home in the
Some 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
Lotus weaving workshop
The ideal time to visit is during the
dry season which is from October to May.
tours at Inle Lake are arranged to enjoy the Festival. One is Sep 28 (Wed)
to Oct 2 (Sun). The other
is from Oct 15 (Mon) to Oct 20 (Thur).
See table below.
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.
Opening Ceremony of Inlay Festival at 6
am. The boat carrying Buddha images moves out from the
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
to various places below
Sep 29 , (Thur)
Sep 30, (Fri)
Ywama (long-necked tribe)
Oct 1, (Mon)
Nga Phe Chaung Monastery (Jumping Cat Monastery)
Oct 2, (Tue)
Kayesakone (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 Inle
Oct 3, (Mon)
Linkin (west side of Inle Lake)
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)
Khinekan (lotus weaving village)
Oct 12, (Wed)
Minepyo (full moon)
Oct 13, (Thur)
Oct 14, (Fri)
Inpawkon (silk weaving village)
Oct 15, (Sat)
Boat returns to
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
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
Oct 19, (Wed)
Indein (Pao 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 Festival)
Singaporeans 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?
Your tourism 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