Activities @ Shwe Inn Tha Floating Hotel Inle
Extended walks to the north or south of Nyaungshwe pass among extensive rice
paddies dotted with Shan stupa ruins. Trails into the hills east of town lead to
Pa-O villages and panoramic views of the lake area. A good and rugged all-day
trek is to the monastery of Koun Soun Taungbo and nearby Ta-Eh Gu (Cave). You
pass through two Pa-O villages on the way. Further away, and currently
off-limits, are the ruins of Kakku.
Guided day hikes can be arranged by our hotel. When visiting the villages,
it's better to contribute cash gifts to the village health fund rather than hand
out medicines, toys or food. Pencils, paper notebooks and ballpoint pens are
also welcome. Your guide should know what's appropriate and what's not. Usually
the sayadaw (chief abbot) of the village accept such donations. Village elders
prefer that any gifts intended for children be given to an adult, rather than
directly to the children.
1 ) Kalaw - Inle ( 2 D / 1 N and 3 D / 2 N ) trekking starting from Nyaung
Shwe - Indain - Taung Kha Mauk - Nan Yoke - Kyauk Su - Ti Htain - Put Tu Pauk -
Kun Lone - Lay Thar Gone - Pha Yar Phyu - Inn Woon - Myin Ma Hti - Kalaw then
back to Nyaung Shwe & Inle by car and boat. You will pass through Shan, Inthar,
Pao, Danu & Taung Yoe villages where villagers wear different national dresses.
2 ) Inle / Nam Pan - Kyauk Ta Lone / Kekku ( 1 D and 2 D / 1N ) trekking
3 ) Day ( 1 ) Inle - Magizeik ( by boat ) - Taotan - Hte Ta Mong - Hte Ne (
overnight ). Day ( 2 ) Decending to Nang Ke - Kekku Pagoda Complex - Lunch at
Hlaing Konn Restaurant by car to Taunggyi - Nyaung Shwe - Inle.
4 ) Thakong - Sanghar ( 2 D / 1 N ). Start from GIC / Inle with powered
boat two hour journey - Thakong Pagodas - Trekking to Old City Sanghar - Kyaing
Kham - Kyauk Taing - Inle by boat.
This Thakong - Sanghar trip will take you to market day, colour costumes, lotus
robes ( Phongyi Robes, weaving from lotus stems fibre, pottery works, moon
lighting, beautiful land scapes --- etc, etc.
3 Day / 2 Night Trekking Tour Inle Region
This is a three day two night trekking. So you will sleep two nights in a
village. Your luggage will be bought to Kalaw. The start is by boat from Nyaung
Shwe to Than Taung. It is walking through the hills, meeting hill tribes and
enjoy the views, a photographer's dream. The main attraction thought is the
scenery on the ascent to Kalaw, which passes thought forests terraced rice
fields and various plantations. Warm clothes should be brought on your trip.
Board your own local boat to Than Taung, the western shore of the lake
and continue trekking trip to Thi Thein monastery escorted by an English
speaking guide and porters. Walk through the hills, meet hill tribes and enjoy
the views a photographer's dream. Lunch at the village. Dinner and accommodation
at Thi Thein monastery.
Breakfast at the monastery and continue exploring gardens where fruit
and vegetables are grown. Lunch at the village. Dinner and accommodation at Nan
Ta Le The monastery.
Breakfast at the monastery and continue your trip to Kalaw.
Accommodation at a local guesthouse. Room fees should be paid by clients. ( End
of our services )
Drinks, donation , tips & accommodation at Kalaw
2 Day / 1 Night Trekking Tour Inle Region
This is a two day one night trekking. So you will sleep one night in a village.
The start is by boat from Nyaung Shwe to Than Taung jetty. It is walking through
the hills, meeting hill tribes and enjoy the views, a photographer's dream. The
main attraction, thought, is the scenery on the trek, which passes throught
forests, terraced rice fields and various plantations. Warm clothes should be
brought on your trip.
Board your own local boat to Than Taung jetty, the western shore of
the lake and continue the trip to Thi Thein monastery escorted by an English
speaking guide and porters. Lunch at the village. Dinner and accommodation at
Thi Thein monastery.
Breakfast at the monastery and continue exploring gardens. Where
fruits and vegetables are grown. Visit Inndein ruined stupas a photographer's
dream. Board your own boat and back to Nyaung Shwe ( lunch is not included ).
End of our services.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner & accommodation.
Drinks, donation, tips & beat
See also SAGA Trip
Hot Air Balloon Raising Ceremony & Parade Of Lights
In dry clear season ( November ) there is an annual festival of Shan State Hot
Air Balloon Raising Competition in Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State ( about 2
hrs. journey from Shwe Inn Tha by boat & car ). This period is Tazaungmone in
Myanmar calendar one week before full moon day that's from 7 to 14 November
2005. This festival is old, popular & enchanting. Usually there are also monk
robe offering kadein ceremony during this time in Shan State. It is an ancient
tradition. Traditionally this balloon raising ceremony is to pay homage to
Sulamuni Pagoda by sending up lighted hot air balloons & now it is done together
with balloon raising competitions by sending up the most wild & beautiful
different designs / shapes balloons annually.
Also in Taunggyi at the summit of the hill in southern outskirts there is a
Sulamuni Pagoda & people use to flock there by parading from the northern to the
southern parts with decorated colourful lighting candles. What a majestic sight
to observe & you can call the town of Taunggyi – city of lights ( one hot air
balloon can be raised to sky at US $ 150 / balloon, the balloon size is around
1,000 cubic feet or 28000 litres.
Culture Show Activities
Arrangement of cultural show with professional artist groups can be done to
perform favorite or selected programs at very reasonable costs. We also have
night cultural shows after or during dinner for our overnight guest as
Convention Hall Layout & Seating Arrangement
US $ 150 for minimum 50 pax – 3 hrs. & we will provide
1. Over head projector & screen
2. Stationary – paper + pencil / White Board
3. Computer & print outs
4. Special services that will be charged extras
5. Tea or coffee break
6. Table lane convention style arrangement
Still under arrangement & will be able to function soon.
Ceremony Of Entering Monkhood
In dry season we can arrange actual ceremony of entering monkshood by donating
the guest money for the poor villagers to novitiate. These original ceremonies
can be arranged on request by the guest or travel agents.