Samkar Lake

Located at the south of Inle Lake, Samkar lake is connected through Belu Chaung creek. Samkar and Pekon lake was separated by Moe Bye Dam, which was built around 1970 to store water to supply two hydroelectric powers. The lake is a hidden gem in Inle Region for tourists who seek for tranquility. Samkar lake can be reached by a 3-hour scenic boat journey from Nyaung Shwe, where along the way, you will get to see interesting villages and immerse in beautiful landscapes. 

The road leading to the village offers a stunning view of ancient stupas, which are now partly covered by vegetation. In the village, there is a pottery workshop for visitors to try their hands on making their own ceramic-wares. For those who love whiskey, there is a rice whiskey workshop, run by a local family, in one of the village. Tourists can also visit local workshops, such as bag weaving workshop, silversmith, and goldsmith.

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Top Attractions:

Takhaung Stupa Complex

Takhaung Stupa Complex was built in 15th century. It is located on the western
bank of Samkar Lake. It has 236 Shan style stupas, mostly painted in white.
Many tourists visit this complex on their way to villages around Samkar Lake.

Samkar Ancient Pagoda Complex

Samkar village is a ruined royal capital with ancient monasteries and pagodas.
During winter season, the pagodas are partially covered by water, creating
a surreal landscape.

Villages around Samkar Lake

Visitors can experience daily life of local people and learn their culture.
In the village, tourists can visit pagoda complex and explore handcraft workshops,
Tourists can learn the famous one-leg boat rowing technique, visit hot spring, and
hidden cave.

Workshop Visit

Around Samkar lake, there are many villages where tourists can visit goldsmith,
hand-weaving bag workshop, rice whiskey and rice cracker making.
Visitors can experience the step-by-step of creating jewellery and local handmade
bag with traditional method.

5 day-market

The 5-day rotating market is located in Samkar, Phayar Taung, Lon Kan,
Nam Toke villages, and Pekon town. Tourists can find various ethnic groups from
mountains coming down to the market to sell fresh vegetables, longyis (traditional
clothes), handmade bags and jewellery. There are many food stalls with delicious
local snacks and cuisines.