These are the things I did, and, they ruled big time. If you go to Inle, you can do your own things, if you like, but I highly recommend you do something similar to what I did because it was really, really fun.
1. Hire a long boat and cruise around the lake for a day. Or two. Or three!
2. Explore the serene, hidden temples in the far reaches of the lake.
3. Socialize with the locals.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: the Burmese people are the kindest people I’ve ever met. There are signs around Myanmar that say, “Warmly welcome” and I can’t imagine there being a better slogan for this country. Take some time aside to say, mingalabar (hello) to the locals and you won’t be disappointed by the interaction that follows.
4. Have a lake side lunch in the jungle.
5. Visit the floating gardens.
6. Watch the local fisherman delicately dance their way to a catch.
7. Bike around the lake with free bikes offered by the Song of Travel hostel and really see the Inle culture up close.
8. Hike up to fantastic pagoda’s with views like this:
9. Check out the local farmer’s markets near the centre.
10. Bike from a floating village to the mainland via this old wooden bridge.
11. Visit the Red Mountain Estate and Winery (for the view, not the wine).
Note: If you are pedal-biking, the hill is a doozy and you will sweat your heart out. In fact, that terrible wine may not taste so terrible after that monstrous mountain.