Inlay Lake and the surrounding region in southern Shan State are proving to be extremely popular tourist destinations for foreigners and Myanmar visitors alike, according to the Powered Schooner Club.
April has been a busy month for locals visiting the region and Inlay Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda was very crowded with visitors on April 21, the club reported.
"There are many foreigners who can be seen everywhere," said Soe Min from Nyaung Shwe Township.
International visitors usually make an overnight stop in the Inlay region and Nyaung Shwe Township and then proceed to Mandalay, Yangon and Terchilaik. Bagan is usually the first tourist destination and Inlay next.
In southern Shan State, there are many tourist destinations apart from Inlay Lake in Nyaung Shwe Township, including Taunggyi, Kakku Pagodas (arguably Asia’s largest and most spectacular wonders), Hten San cave and Pintaya cave. Moreover, Blue Lake in Ywa Ngan Township, the region's coffee plantations and Padar Lin cave also attract many tourists.
Tourism statistics show there were 149,797 foreigners who visited Shan State in 2014. So far this year, 23,924 visitors have traveled to southern Shan State. Most are from China, Thailand and South Korea.