Inle Lake is a freshwater lake located in one of the towns in the Shan State of the Union of Myanmar some 875m above sea-level. It is the second largest lake in the country that is home to over 70,000 people, both living on the shores surrounding the lake, as well as on it. Our journey to Inle Lake started from Yangon International Airport, where we transit for a domestic flight on Air Bagan ATR flight to Heho Airport. From Heho, it’s another 1 hour bus ride, before we reached Huping Pier for the long-tailed speedboat. Once you get to Inle Lake, I’m sure you’ll feel that the journey worths it.
The Treasure Resort is located closer to the shore, although all of the 54 rooms are built on stilts on the lake itself. Upon entering the resort premise, there’ll be a pedaler jumping onto your boat to “foot pedal” your boat to the main resort entrance as the use of boat engine is restricted. This really gives you a close and personal view of how foot pedaling works.
Upon checking in, you’ll be presented with welcome tea and hot towels to freshen up, and these do help during the chilly afternoon.
The reception desk and restaurant are located in the middle of the resort, while the rooms are divided into 2 wings on each side. While the lake-front villas give you fascinating views of sunsets and provide for really enjoyable and romantic evening, the mountain-view has something beyond imagination.
The wooden villa we checked into is spacious with a roomy living area, study table, and a balcony. Depending on the type of villas that you book, you can most certainly enjoy the picturesque view of Inle Lake and surroundings. The generous bath area consists of both indoor tub, as well as outdoor shower, both are equipped with hot shower so that you don’t have to brave the cold winter temperature.
Of course we did try the outdoor shower, while enjoying the view of the full moon above.
Dinner buffet is served from 7.30pm with rather good selections of salads, main courses, fruits and juices. While enjoying dinner, the resort arranges shows of local dances before ending with an acoustic guitarist, who will keep playing on all night if you want to. Again, I’ll have to stress that I really appreciate the good services of the staffs who have been ever polite and helpful at the restaurant.
Another example of such attention was found in our bedroom after the staffs, during our dinner, came to put down the bed, together with some extra blankets and hot-water bag to keep us warm at night.
The next morning we woke up to the breathtaking view that the Treasure Resort presents.
So if you’re looking for a good place to stay during your trip to the Union of Myanmar, and Inle Lake in particular, check out the Myanmar Treasure Resort. We love it and hope you do too.