Inle Lake does not have nightlife. After all, it is a rural area in the southern Shan state in the country of Myanmar. It does not have clubs, pubs, discos or karaoke lounges. When the sun sets in Inle Lake, you won’t hear loud, pulsing music and bodies swinging to the beat.
Instead, a different kind of landscape reveals itself when night falls in Inle Lake. The simple night time activities of the townsfolk is shown as illuminated by the lights of the night sky and the candles they use. One sees Inthar fishermen going back to the shore after a long day of fishing, and wives preparing and cooking supper.
Tourists who wish to experience nightlife in Inle Lake can enjoy cultural shows and boat races instead. The luxury hotels and resorts in the area offer these to interested parties, especially for groups and corporate events. These shows and races are not only entertainment, but they also share the culture, customs and traditions of the people of Myanmar.
As the name suggests, this place is one amazing place to stay in Inle Lake. Hotel Amazing Nyaung Shwe, which can be found in the heart of the town of Nyaung Shwe, is the combination of traditional Myanmar architecture and modern facilities. It is similar to the Skylake Resort Inle because it also offers traditional Shan/Inthar dance performances and boat racing ceremony services upon request.
Location: Yone Gyi Street, Nyaung Shwe.
Tel: 95 81 209079, 209478, Fax: 95 81 209429
The Inle Princess Resort is the most luxurious hotel at Inle Lake. It is elegant and sophisticated, a perfect destination for a honeymoon and one of the establishments that has cultural shows performed for guests, specifically big groups. Patrons can enjoy these traditional performances while enjoying superb Shan cuisine in the impressive dining area.
Location: Within the blue mountain ranges on the east bank of Inle Lake, near Magyizin Village.
The Paramount Inle Resort gives tourists a feel of living like the Inthar people. The townsfolk live on houses on stilts, and the property of this resort is built on stilts as well. As a result, guests can live like the locals but with top-notch accommodation. The Paramount Inle Resort also arranges traditional Shan/Inthar cultural shows and boat racing ceremonies upon request.
Location: Nga Phe Chaung Village
Tel: 95 81 209477, 209478, 3339223-6
Another beautiful place to stay in Inle Lake is the Pristine Lotus Spa Resort. Aside from great views of the lake, this resort boasts a hot spring in its vicinity. The Pristine Lotus Spa Resort also puts on cultural shows upon reservation consisting of 10 to 20 dancers.
Location: Khaung Daing Village, Nyaung Shwe.
Tel: (+95-81) 209317, (+95-9)519 7770
The Skylake Resort Inle can be found in the heart of the lake. The resort features 44 cottages connected to the main building by wooden walkways. Just like the two previous resorts, this one also has traditional Shan dancing performances that can be arranged by request. In addition, it also puts on boat-racing performances that should be requested one day in advance.
Location: Mine Thauk Village, Nyaung Shwe Township.