Heho (Inle Lake)

Heho serves as the main air gateway to Inle Lake, a majestic mountain getaway in Shan state. After a short 45-minute ride into Nyaungshwe, travellers can hire boatmen to drive them into the lake, where villagers live on the water in stilted communities. Native silversmiths and cigar factories produce rare Myanmar goods and picturesque fisherman use a traditional leg-rowing technique to glide across the placid waters.

Hotels are available overlooking the lake, and the nearby Myanmar First Estate vineyard offers a unique day-trip from the area. Shan state’s capital city Taunggyi is also in the local area, a vibrant up-and-coming city that hosts Myanmar’s wild Tazaungdaing Fire Balloon Festival each November.