“How do I begin? My husband and I returned to Inle Heritage for the second time after our first visit in January 2016. The first time we had planned for 2 nights, but fell in love with everything we changed our plans and stayed for 3. This time around, we planned on 4 nights, although we could have stayed even longer. It feels like our second home! 🙂
I cannot summarize how perfect the stay was yet again, and how humbling it is to see such hardworking, kind, and compassionate people who make it all possible. When you stay here, you will of course be in awe of the beauty of the lake while staying in a quaint bungalow on stilts, but you will also be in awe of the people with their big smiles, and even bigger hearts. This is what makes Myanmar such a special place to visit. Of course there are tons of beautiful things to see and do, but it wouldn’t be as special without the people.
Our stay included breakfast, which we had sent to the room each morning. We have a special vegan diet, and yet again, they exceeded our taste buds with all of the delicious food. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert – all the best food we have ever eaten in our entire lives. Shan food is incredible, and I recommend you eat a lot of it during your stay! We were lucky enough to meet with Chef Naing Win again, and cannot send our praises enough. He is not only very kind, but brilliant at what he does! Everyone in the restaurant went above and beyond to make our dining experience perfect. We are so very thankful for their hospitality and care. Honestly, again, they have the best food in the entire world! 🙂
Thant Zin Aye was a wonderful help with booking our room, arranging airport transfers, and also a day trip to Pindaya. She has a heart of gold, and I hope you take the time to talk and get to know how special she is during your stay! She became our friend from our first visit, and will stay a close one for the rest of our lives.
Htun Tint Aung and the rest of the staff at the lobby are also full of golden hearts, too! You cannot stay at this hotel and find someone who doesn’t go above and beyond to make everything so special. I promise you, you will leave with memories that will stay with you always, and will make you return again.
Make sure to check out the Burmese cat sanctuary on site. Chaw Su takes wonderful care of the cats! Biggest heart and the perfect mother to all the kitties. She also does the gift shop, where she works with many disadvantaged groups to help create local crafts, along with individuals that may not have the chance to get their work in front of people. 80% of the profits go back to these people – so please, make sure to stock up on gifts for your friends, family, and even something for yourself. We are very lucky and honored to have met Chaw Su, and to call her a friend. Make sure to find her and tell her how appreciated she is for all that she does! 🙂
There is a hospitality training center on site as well. Did you know, this hotel is a not-for-profit, so the money you spend here is helping the students with their futures? It also helps fund other conservation efforts around the lake. How amazing is that? We love staying places where the money goes towards something good. You will be helping students build bright futures, and helping to preserve the wonderfully vast Inle Lake.
During this recent visit, we were able to meet the founder, Yin Myo Su. She is brilliant, strong, and compassionate. Everything she does for others and her community leaves us speechless. She is one to watch and learn from. Can you sense that people with big hearts are common here? 🙂
In case I haven’t given it enough praise, we highly recommend staying at Inle Heritage. I know it will feel like your second home, too.
Stayed January 2017, traveled as a couple”