Along with fishing, traditional handicrafts are an important part of the local economy; as you travel around Inle Lake, the most popolar destination for travelers, you may be taken to one of many handicraft workshops. As with all of Myanmar, religion plays a massive part in local flight, so numerous of pagodas and monasteries can be found on the lake and its shores including Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Alodaw Pauk Pagoda, Maing Thauk Forest Monastery, Shwe Inn Thein Paya and Nga Hpe Kyaung Monastery. Among them, Phayng Daw Oo Pagoda is one of the holiest sites in Shan State, attracting Buddhist worshippers from all around Myanmar.
Climate: Inle Lake belongs to the monsoonal climate with an annual average temperature of 260 C. The climate is strongly high in May, reaching 30oC on average; and slightly falls in January. The average annual rainfall is about 1,370 mm, and the wettest period falls between May and September.
Best time to visit: September and October are considered as the most pleasant months to visit Inle Lake because of dry weather, less rain and the time of festivals.
Getting there: Flights arrive at Heho airport, 46km north west of Inle Lake. The journey from Heho to Nyaung Shwe (the main town in the Inle Lake area) takes 45 minutes by taxi.
Myanmar has a tropical climate, with the southwest monsoon bringing rain from May to October. Roads can become impassable, particularly from July to September. The central plains, however, receive only a fraction of the rain seen on the coast and in the Ayeyarwady delta. From October onwards the rains subside; the best time to visit most of Myanmar is from November to February, when temperatures are relatively manageable. From March to May, the country becomes very hot, particularly the dry zone of the central plains where Bagan and Mandalay often see temperatures in excess of 40°C.
Almost traveler arrives in Myanmar at either Yangon or Mandalay airports. There is also an international airport in the capital Nay Pyi Taw, although few airlines use it at present. The international flag carrier, Myanmar Airways International, only serves destinations within Asia. The cheapest way to reach Myanmar from outside the region is usually to fly to a regional hub such as Bangkok or Singapore. Current routes within Asia include flights to Yangon from Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok. Connections with Mandalay are limited to Dehong, Kunming and Bangkok.
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