A Five Day Market is one of the attractive tourist experiences in Shan State where the different ethnic nationals sell their daily farm products like vegetables, fish, flowers, fruits and so on. This kind of shopping is unique to this place and naturally brings pleasure to many shoppers from the area and from far.
The native people, In-Thars, grow vegetables on floating islands which are collection of floating weed and water hyacinth. These floating islands can be cut, dragged by boats and ever be sold like a piece of land. Floating gardens can be found mostly in Kaylar, Inchan and Zayatgyi villages.
There are two types of silk; the thick weave with designs and the thin ones in plain color. The silk woven designs from Inlay are the thinner ones. To weave a set of robe for a monk, it requires the fibers from 120,000 stems of the dark pink lotus. Now, scarves are also woven from dried lotus.
Inlay Lake Wildlife Sanctuary is a wetland sanctuary and located in Nyaung Shwe, Pinlaung and Peh Kon Townships of Southern Shan State. It covers an area of 642.32 square miles (1663.51km2) and was established in 1985. This sanctuary is to conserve and protect natural vegetation, wetland birds and fresh water fishes in Inlay Sanctuary.
This village is located in the middle part of Inlay Lake and famous for its floating gardens. The villagers mainly live on fishing and farming. On the floating gardens, they mostly grow tomatoes and some of them grow peas, chilies and flowers.
Khaung Daing Hot Spring, located 27 miles (43km) west of Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State of Myanmar is famous for visitors to take pleasure in the beautiful landscape around it.
Located on the east bank of Inlay Lake. Mine Thauk Market day is one of the important 5-day markets in the region. On the market day, hill tribes nearby and the local people gather at the market place.
Nga Phe Chaung Monastery is an attractive wooden monastery built on stilts over the lake at the end of the 1850s. Cats living at that monastery jump through hoops. The monastery is also known for a collection of old Myanmar’s Buddha images from different areas that are worth seeing.
5-day market, opened only on every 5th day, is very interesting spot for tourists. Women from various hill tribes who live in the Inlay region come to sell their home crafts, products, fruits and vegetables in this market.
The pagoda was built by Shan Chief-Si Sanpa in 600 years ago. It is located on the way to Nyaung Shwe. The original stupa was built by Bamboo mats. Pagoda festival is held every year in full moon day of Tabaung (March).
The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda is situated in Inlay Lake in Shan State. One of the most dazzling and magical places in Asia. It is a famous principal shrines in Myanmar and it houses five small Buddha images.
Pottery has a long tradition in Myanmar. Like some villages that produce terracotta pots in lower Myanmar, a few villages on Inlay Lake, such as Kyaut Taing, have underground kilns. Pits are dug with space in front and some steps for the potters to carry in and stack the pots, with the smoke hole at the back screened with a wind-breaking mat.
This factory is located on the way to Ming Thauk village, Nyaung Shwe Township and was established in 2005. 150 acres grape garden has been began planting since 2003. The factory produces 4 kinds of red wine and 4 kinds of white wine.
Sagar is a ruined royal capital with ancient monasteries and pagodas at the southern end of Inlay Lake. It was built in 1479 and the population is about 1300.
Indein is one of the small villages of Inlay Lake located on the western bank of the lake. A Buddha Image has been enshrined at a whitewashed stupa, which is on the summit of a hill. Below the stupa around the hill are cluster of hundreds of ancient stupas.
The Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, just outside Nyaung Shwe, is a fascinating wooden monastery built in the early 19th Century. It is a very interesting red painted teak wood building with oval windows, and richly decorated with mosaics and golden ornaments.
Tha Kaung Pagoda is situated in the village of Sagar, southern part of Inlay Lake. There are 236 stupas, which are dated 13-18 century period. It is also worth paying a visit to the pagoda since its ancient artifacts are of some value.
Ywama Village is located in Inlay Lake. It is the largest village with the streets of the village like the webs of the canals. Some of the beautiful teak houses are built on large wooden poles driven into the Lake bed. The main activity and attraction is the floating market in the largest canal.