What to see in Myanmar Heho (Our Last Travel before the Pandemic COVID-19 Hit Worldwide)
After Yangon, we travel next to Heho Province. We booked our flight via Golden Myanmar Airlines and landed first in Heho Province. It was December 9, 2019, when we arrived in Heho and just flew to another province on the following day. We depart Yangon at 7:25 pm and we arrived at Heho domestic airport flight Myanmar at 8:15 PM. The flight was just so fast and the airline’s staff were so friendly.
Heho is a small town in Myanmar. Heho is the primary tourist air getaway. The main reason why we visited here is that we wanted to see Inle Lake and other tourist attractions in Heho.
The temperature by that time is cold in Heho compared to Yangon. There are rentable taxis just outside the airport, the price is a bit high as our hotel is far from the airport.
We booked our hotel via Agoda. The price is just right and the hotel looks so charming especially at night because of the twinkling Christmas light in front of the hotel. The distance drive is around 45 minutes.
We arrived at the hotel around 7 pm, rested for a while and we ate at the hotel restaurant. There is only 2 staff in the restaurant and they cook the food so waited for a while before they finally served the food. On the first dinner night in Yangon, we ordered shrimp noodle soup, vegetable noodle soup, and fried rice.
The food is okay and tastes simple. We don’t like the soup that much it was okay. After our dinner, my husband was able to check the nearby night market. Kids and I just waited in the hotel for the safety of the kids and to rest for the next tip on the following day.
At around 9 PM in the evening we prepared to sleep in preparation for our tour the next day first thing in the morning.
We woke up at 6 am in the morning, finished breakfast before the clock hit 7 am and left the hotel by exactly 7 am to start our tourist spot in Heho Myanmar. We arranged the car for our tour and the car picked us in the hotel.
Most of the tourists in Heho are visiting this Kakku Pagoda so we made sure to see it too. Travel time between our hotel to Kaku Pagoda is about 2-3 hours. The Kakku Pagodas is located in a remote location, ancient site densely filled with 2,400+ stupas, some dating from the 12th–18th centuries.
After a few hours, we arrived at Kakku Pagoda. We parked our car a few meters away just in front of the Kakku pagodas. Our kids just continue sleeping while on the way to Pagodas, inside the car was very comfortable with a good ambiance so it was very relaxing while we are hitting the road. Our driver was very friendly at the same time.
For the visitors to get inside one must remove the shoes as a sign of respect to the history, people, and culture.
After about 30 minutes of walks inside the Pagoda complex, we decided to move on to our next destination. I took a lot of photos inside the complex as a memorable travel experience of our family before leaving the site.
RED MOUNTAIN ESTATE VINEYARD and WINERY
Hilltop local winery offering dramatic lake & valley views, plus wine tastings & facility tours.
There is a wine tasting area inside as well as a restaurant overviewing the mountainside.
But before we do the wine tasting we made sure that we ate first. We chose the table where we can see the beautiful view of the mountain.
The foods are well cooked and tasty. We had enjoyed our lunch while watching the flowers and trees from afar. My husband loves drinking different kinds of wine so he asks for another type of wine until he asked all the four types of wine they offer. He likes white wines the most and red wine as the least.
After we ate we directly went back to the hotel and rest for a while before going out for dinner. But during our arrival at our hotel, my husband`s stomach suddenly so upset after drinking the four types of wine. He keeps on vomiting for so many times. He tried his best to stand and brought us to the local restaurant near the hotel but after that, he needs to return to the hotel just to vomit. He did not eat on that bed and just went to bed after picking us from the restaurant. On the following day, he seems a lot better and was able to continue our tour the next day.
We ordered two kinds of foods from their menu. My husband has no appetite at all due to stomach pain so only my two kids and me.
After our dinner, we went to bed and excited for our next adventure for the following day.
For our third day in Heho, we went boating over the famous Inle Lake. The boat station is just walking distance from the hotel. We left the hotel at around 8 AM and reach the boat station before 9 AM. The tour guide/the man controlling the boat pick up us from the hotel and guide us to his boat. Boating at 9 am is so cold and thankfully our boatman has a complete thick blanket for all of us. Even we are already wearing a jacket we are still cold, so another blanket is more comfortable and way warmer.
NGWE SIN TUN Silver Smith and Work Shop Inchan Village
The first and only jewelry local shop in Heho. Located at Inchan Village, were jewelry makers patiently mold and sell it to the tourist and locals. The Primary source of livelihood in the village through handmade effort. There are different kinds of jewelry, charms, figurines, and many other pieces of stuff inside the store.
Bought silverfish amulet for the kids as a remembrance in male and female versions.
Our boatman is waiting for us on the other side of the bridge. We hurried to the boat as our flight is on the same day, we wanted to see two more tourist places in Inle Lake.
INN DEIN PAGODA COMPLEX
Before going back to the ducking boat we stop by the Inn Dein, included from the group of Buddhist pagodas in the village of Indein, near Ywama and Inlay Lake in Shan State, Myanmar. Rent a two motorbike to reach the pagoda and the driver was all friendly.
After 10 minutes at the Pagoda Inn Dein Complex, we move down back to our boat and headed back to the Inle Lake. One more Pagoda to visit before we go back to our hotel.
PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA
Surrounded this Pagoda is a traditional floating market, Burmese merchandise. Of all the pagodas that we visited, this place has the most people. We made it inside and we saw a lot of Burmese offering a prayer, singing songs for the buddha and dropping incentives to the pagoda, some gave money and some gas gave foods a sign of respect to the Buddhist and Pagoda.
This trip to Heho, Inle Lake gave us everything a new experience that we will never forget. This is the first time we traveled by a huge simple boat in the middle of a wide lake with our kids. Truly something that we will never forget. A very thrilling adventure for the whole family.
Walk for 20 minutes going to the hotel and arrive a little bit late for lunch. We are so hungry and in a hurry to catch our flight so we only ordered only this pasta, kebab chicken, and potato fries. My husband is still no appetite because of the wine that upset his stomach.