Inle Heritage House

Location: Inle Lake | Burma

Price guide: £££££ Less than £100 per person per night

Inle Heritage House showcases and preserves the cultural heritage and natural beauty of the Inle region. Nestled next to Inle Lake, the second largest freshwater lake in Burma, its mission is all about giving back to the community. The hotel is constructed from reclaimed wood and styled on traditional architecture, with boutique accommodation in houses on stilts above the lake. Immerse yourself in the local lifestyle and lose yourself in the beguiling landscapes.
Perfect forThose looking for an authentic cultural experience in Burma.
In the know
  • A traditional hotel which gives back to the local community
  • Stay in houses on stilts above the water
  • Explore the vibrant ecosystem, which is home to endangered and endemic species, while you’ll also find feline friends wandering the grounds
  • Source, cook and eat authentic Inthar cuisine

Recommended for...

  • Eco-tourism
  • Cultural Immersion
  • History & Heritage
  • Setting & Views

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Inle Heritage House is in the village of Innpawkon by Inle Lake, on the western edge of the Shan State in eastern Burma. The wetland ecosystem of the lake is home to nearly 300 bird species, including the globally endangered Sarus crane, as well as 50 varieties of fish, otters and turtles, some of which are endemic to the area. It is not surprising that it is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Rooms at Inle Heritage House

Experience traditional Inle style as you stay in houses on stilts above the lake. The six bungalows are made of bamboo, teak and hardwood, and blend effortlessly into their surroundings. The theme continues inside, with local materials and furnishings and fabrics created by local artisans celebrated in the contemporary design. The bathrooms come with solar-powered hot water and organic products. Sit back on your private deck and enjoy a perfect and spectacular view of the sun setting.

Food & Drink

A wooden walkway connects the rooms with the restaurant and lounge. This is one of the best spots in Burma to enjoy authentic Inthar and Shan dishes: the traditional family recipes use fresh fish and produce from the lake, the hotel’s organic garden and the local market, served with a modern twist. Under the shaded verandas, looking out onto the lake, snack on spring rolls and sip on a refreshing mango milkshake.


Relax in the gardens that surround the hotel. The Burmese cats that roam the grounds are part of Inle Heritage House’s conservation programme, and the aquarium is home to a variety of fish which are endemic to Inle Lake. There is also an art gallery featuring the works of local artists, a peaceful shrine and a library. Visit the gift shop for colourful handicrafts and take a little piece of Burma home with you.

Activities at Inle Heritage House

Learn how to cook authentic Inle food on an expert cooking class, conducted either in the hotel’s classroom or a local’s own kitchen for a more rustic experience.

Explore the village of Innpawkon to experience local life first-hand – here, you can visit weaving factories and craft workshops to discover how lotus plant fibres from Inle Lake are used to produce a unique fabric for special robes for Buddha images, and see how traditional Shan clothing is made, such as longyis and the trousers worn by the fishermen of the lake.

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Hotel location

The nearest airport to Inle Heritage House is Heho Airport, a 50-minute drive away.

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