October marks the end of the rainy season at Inle Lake. It’s cool and cloudy almost the month, but you can also expect sunny days. The temperature remains unchanged in comparison to September. The average temperatures are 29oC (85oF) and 18oC (64oF) respectively.
Traveling to Inle lake in October, a vest and a T-shirt is enough for the day. Nevertheless, you should bring other long pants and a sweater as the weather will cool down in the evening.
Thanks to the great condition, Inle Lake weather in October is quite good for outdoor activities. It is perhaps one of the most picturesque and magical destinations in the world. Even 1, 2 or 3 days, it knows how to engage the heart of travelers with the serene beauty with spectacular mountain backdrop surrounding. A long tail boat trip will take you along the winding waterway to reach the traditional floating villages and monastery perched on stilts to meet the local people and observe their daily life.
Together with the natural beauty, the water-based culture is worth discovering from a boat trip around Inle Lake. After a hundred years living on the lake, the Intha people have made their life well-known to the world by the exceptional methods of farming and fishing. From the mud, weed, and reed around the lake, they stuck them all together using bamboo poles. It’s special, can be raised and felt with changes in the water level so can resistant to flooding.
October is also an important time on Inle Lake. It’s the occasion of the lake’s biggest festival – Phaung Daw Oo pagoda festival. Year by year, the festival takes place during the Burmese month of Thadingyut, the 7th month of Burmese lunar calender (October). It’s attended by a diversity of hill tribes throughout the region – from the plains, mountain, and remote region. That’s time five sacred images of the Buddha will be transported between villages on a royal barge accompanied by hundreds of boats and pilgrims. During the festival, there will be boat races with leg-rowing racers – the typical and iconic image of the people on the lake.
Recommended tours to Inle Lake in October
Myanmar In-depth – 7 Days
A Glimpse of Myanmar – 6 Days
Myanmar Classic Tours – 8 Days