Set in and around the stilted villages of Inle Lake the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival is one of the largest Buddhist festivals in Burma. The festival is held from the first day of the waxing moon to the third day after the full moon of Thadingyut: September and October in our western calendar.
Inle Lake is located in a picturesque valley and is Burma's second largest natural and unpolluted lake. During this festival, four Buddha statues are transported clockwise from village to village to bless the monasteries, on a barge shaped as a mythical bird. With traditional music, dancing and boat races, this holy festival attracts visitors from all over the Shan State in Burma.
The shallow waters of Inle Lake are home to the Intha people, who actually live on the lake, building their houses on stilts and travelling across the lake using their bizarre style of leg rowing.
14 1/2 hours (Yangon, via Bangkok)
British Airways, EVA Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines & Thai Airways
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