The Agro Trail on Inle Lake Shores

The Agro Trail on
Inle Lake Shores

Agriculture makes up for a large part of the Inle Lake economy with villages scattered around
the lake’s shores, tending to a variety of crop available. A walking tour around Thei
Lei Oo gives visitors an organic view of treasured cultivation techniques.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Not alone its size draws a crowd – being one of the largest lakes in the country and home of the Inthar, Inle Lake packs culture and nature all in one go. One of the Shan State most rewarding sights for travel aficionados who are eager to explore all corners of this rich-in-vegetation lake, the region’s fertile grounds also draws farmers to its surface.

Farmers have used the constant supply of freshwater as a means to cultivate a large variety of vegetables and crop in such a way that gives visitors new perspectives on observing organic agriculture. Season after season, the finest products reach the outer corners of Myanmar, and this labour-intensive means of crop cultivation forms the centre of this half-day excursion. We follow in the footsteps of the farming communities of Inle Lake where floating gardens and sustainable techniques are shown.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Agro Trail on Inle Lake Shores

08:00 - 12:00
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14:00 - 18:00

Your guide for the coming 4 hours will welcome you at your hotel along Inle Lake or the nearby town of Nyaung Shwe. With water being the best way to get to Thei Lei Oo, one of these quaint little villages that still preserved a rural atmosphere, it lauds in the farming magnificence of what is to be expected. This farming community on the eastern shores is home to the famous Intha and the Pa O ethnic minorities whose lives revolve around fishing and farming. Disembark at the local boat pier, and you will enter a world of vegetables, rice and flowers, all planted and harvested organically.

Depending on the season, tomatoes, sugar cane, cucumber, potatoes and a variety of beans are grown under the watchful eye of the village resident experts. During the winter months, the abundance of sugar cane, made in molasses, are used to create local rum, called Mandalay Rum with the distillation of this alcoholic beverage taking place in Mandalay.

Easily the best way to see the growing crop from up close is by walking – customers will walk for approximately 1.5 – 2 hours to see all that is available at Thei Lei Oo. A dedicated trail will offer a complete view over all the cultivated land, going through the village and making maximum use of its picturesque location along Inle Lake. Void of western influences and offering products of extraordinary quality, you will certainly enjoy this walking/boating half day. The tour ends with embarking your boat for a transfer back to your resort.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • Return boat transfers from and to Thei Lei Oo, inclusive of life jackets
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Inle Lake zone fees.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Nyaung Shwe and along Inle Lake. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Kalaw, Taunggyi, Pindaya and the domestic airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Part of this excursion includes walking over unpaved roads and paths. This may not suit guests with walking issues.
  • Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower. We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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