By Jade Bilowol
The resort located at Inle Lake, has launched a boat journey
to an ancient capital where more than 100 stupas lie in a flooded plain.
The full day tour goes to Sagar, a 538-year-old village in
the southern-most reaches of the lake.
Founded as a royal capital of the Shan State in 1479, Sagar
has been dubbed Inle’s “best kept secret.” Its 108 stupas date to the 16th and
17th centuries, and lie partially submerged during the rainy season.
“Very few tourists make the trip down to this region yet it
is one of the most beautiful places in the Shan State, offering a taste of the
‘real’ Inle Lake that authorities only opened to tourists just over a decade
ago,” said Sanctum Inle Resort’s General Manager Philippe Arnaud.
The region’s spectacular natural scenery includes blue
mountains and waterways fished by Pa-Oh, Shan and Inthar people.
Other highlights on the tour include rice wine at Thaya Gone
village, where the local brew is produced, and a visit to more than 200 stupas
at Tar Kaung, as well as through the natural, underground kilns at Sae Khaung
Arnaud said the three-hour boat journey to and from Sagar is
an experience all its own. The trip back across the lake makes for a stark
contrast to the morning excursion, due to a dramatic shift in the sunlight and
afternoon activities on the lake including the women hanging the rice noodles
and spun cotton out to dry, as well as the children returning from school on boats.
The ‘Authentic Inle Sagar Full-Day Tour’ is offered
year-round to Sanctum Inle Resort’s guests. Contact Inle Sanctum Resort for