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Why Indein Village is special ?
Indein is a small village West of Inle lake, known for its market and two groups of ancient pagodas. The village is reached by boat through the Inn Thein creek, a long narrow canal. The scenic 8 kilometer boat ride from Inle Lake can be made in the rainy season and winter only, in the summer season the water level is too low.
Indein is one of the villages that host the Inle “5 day market”, the market that is held in a five day rotating cycle in five villages around the lake. The Pa-Oh people who live in the surrounding hills sell their crops here.
The village is best known for its many ancient pagodas in many shapes and sizes and in various states of preservation. While some have been restored, others are in their original crumbling state.
What to explore at Indein Village?
Indein is one of the small villages of Inle Lake located on the western bank of the lake. A Buddha image has 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 most are ruins overgrown with bushes. The pagoda hill is quiet and calm. One could feel the pleasant cool breeze with the sweet rings of the bells hanging at the umbrella of the stupa. Mesmerizing view from pagoda hill release the fatigue and refresh everybody who ascend to the peak.
This mysterious place is at the end of the marvellous Indein creek, which connected with Inle Lake just after the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. The creek is narrow with many twist and turns. Since the both sides are paddy fields you can see the farmers ploughing and harrowing by water buffaloes. At the lunch time while groups of farmers having lunch the water buffaloes enjoy themselves dipping in the creek.
At many places in the creek the farmers dam up the water by bamboo barriers to irrigate the paddy fields. Indein water is not only useful for irrigation also for bathing and washing cloths. It is compulsory to see Novice monks, buffalo boys and village girls wash and swim in the creek.
How to get to Indein Village?
The village is located about 8 kilometers West of the South tip of Inle Lake. It is most easily reached by boat. Tickets can be booked at travel agent or hotel. Alternatively, head for the pier and negotiate a price. Make sure to agree on the places to stop and the duration of the trip.
- Lovely boat-ride to Indein Pagodas
- One of the higlights of Inle Lake
- Lively market and ancient pagoda forest
- A Charm village on Inle Lake Edge
- Wonderful Phenomenom of Mother Nature
Inn Thein Market Myanmar (Burma)
Tips for you
These stupas are of particular interest because of their construction, which being native to the Shan people here by the lake you won't see elsewhere in Myanmar. They are tall, skinny spires that end in a long needle like point. Also, the hti ( metal crown ) is different than all the rest in the country. Aside from the architectural differences, the setting on the edge of the lake is incredibly picturesque; postcard perfect! You will find over 1,000 stupas here, a few new ones, some in the process of restoration, but mostly old and in various states of disrepair from weathering and nature's relentless reclamation. And really, the aged ones were the most loved by me- crumbling ones, the ones with trees growing from them... there is such beauty in these. Any typical day's boat trip should take you here, and it may well be the highlight of the lake's stops!