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Shan State is one of the most famous regions in Burma. On this trip you will visit mesmerising Inle Lake, old British colonial hill station (Kalaw), rural Pindaya with its famous caves filled with close to 10,000 Buddha statues and Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp with Re-Plantation - one of a very few responsible and sustainable tourism projects in Burma. This programme connects well with our Ngapali Beach extension as there are direct flights from Heho to Thandwe in high season.




Fly from Rangoon, Mandalay or Pagan to Heho - the gateway to Inle Lake. Drive through rolling farmlands among the Shan Hills to Pindaya for lunch served in a traditional village house. Explore village life and visit the Pindaya Caves famous for its thousands of Buddha statues. Then proceeding to Kalaw - old British colonial hill station to see the market and old railway.



After breakfast drive to Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp with Re-Plantation to learn more about how one family created a natural retirement place for the elephants who spend all their life working in teak forests of Burma. The re-plantation part of the projects aims to plant trees in the areas previously destroyed by teakwood logging. After lunch come back to Kalaw and spend the rest of the day at leisure and self exploration of this nice little town. Overnight at Kalaw Hill Lodge.



After breakfast drive to Nyaung Shwe to board a local motorboat and enjoy the sights & sounds of the lake such as leg-rowing fishermen and plenty of artisan workshops (blacksmiths, goldsmiths silversmiths, cigarette makers etc.). Overnight at Sanctum Inle Resort.



Enjoy half a day trip to Indein - a hidden village located in the middle of the Burmese jungle and easiest accessible by boat through narrow channels. Indein is famous for its collection of hundreds years old stupas. Return to the hotel after lunch and relax. Overnight at Sanctum Inle Resort.



After breakfast or lunch transfer back to Heho airport for your domestic flight to Yangon, Mandalay or Bagan (included), followed by transfer to hotel or ship.

Sanctum Inle Resort

Sanctum Inle Resort is the latest addition to the luxury resort scene at Inle Lake and the last hotel allowed to be built on the shore of the lake. At the Sanctum Inle Resort, arches and cloisters refer-ence the monastic life, opening the doors on a more contemplative experience of travel. With a de-sign that celebrates the fundamentals, that merges the spiritual and the secular, the past and the present, East and West, the hotel is a gateway to one of the Asia’s most fascinating locales.

Public Facilities

The Sanctuary Spa, Workshop Boutique, The Refectory Restaurant, The Cloister Bar.

Maing Thauk Village, Inle Lake, Nyaung Shwe Township, Shan State, Burma

Tel: +95 (0) 1 860 4945 or +95 (0) 1 860 4946

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Kalaw Hill Lodge

The Lodge rooms are architecturally influenced by the local mud-house style and 44 square meter in size. All 32 rooms are accommodated with en-suite facilities having heater, chimney and fully furnished deluxe villa type twin/ double rooms with breath taking views of Blue Mountains of the Shan Plateau.

11 Quarter, Nanthe' Village, Kalaw.

Tel: +81 50865/50866/50867/50868

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Rates include

Domestic flights to/from Heho, all sightseeing as per itinerary, two nights at Kalaw Hill Lodge with breakfast or similar, two nights at Sanctum Inle Resort with breakfast or similar, private vehicle with air condition, all sightseeing with English guide by car and boat as per itinerary, entrance fees as per programme, daily complimentary drinking water.

Rates exclude

International flights to/from Burma, porter fees for all transfers (airports & jetties), personal travel insurance, visa to Burma, meals (lunch/dinner), any expense of a personal nature including but not limited to drinks, laundry, camera fees, phone calls, gratuities, souvenirs, etc. Others not mentioned in the itinerary.

Price per traveller in USD

Accommodation Type Price per Traveller
Sharing (2 Pax) US$1,540
Single (1 Pax) US$2,500

Extension Code: LTB-ShanInleKHL


  • Check in time to hotel at 1400hrs
  • Check out time from hotel at 1200hrs
  • Early check in and late check out are subject to hotel room availability

* Please note that your hotel will be confirmed after we have received your deposit payment. Prices are subject to change. Hotel subject to availability. We will try to offer you an alternate accommodation if the requested hotel would not be available.

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