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5 Days market

These markets are called "5 Day Markets" because the hill people rotate between 5 different locations over a 5 day period. They were here this day and people come from all over the lake to buy produce and other items. They come by boat and parking is scarce but somehow everyone manages to find their way in.

The assortment of vegetables present was amazing, tomatoes, eggplants, scallions, peppers, betel, beans, garlic, cheroots and more. Also, there are people selling lacquer ware, Buddha statues, longyis and Shan bags to name a few. On the full moon and dark moon days, the market is closed. But, all market days may be held one day ahead at the time of full-moon and dark-moon days.

The 5-day rotating market around Inle Lake offers a good opportunity to meet many different local tribes. Around Inle Lake, the 5 days market is held at the following villages rotating:

Ywama: The largest village on the Inlay Lake; its streets are a web of canals

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda: One of the famous principal shrines in Myanmar, this pagoda houses five small Buddha images, which are much revered by the lake-dwellers.

Mine Thaul Market: A large and bustling market where you can find a real local atmosphere with a variety of produce from the lake. It is on the western bank of Inle Lake

Khaung Daing: West Bank of Inle Lake
Nam Pan: The largest market in Inle lake

Location: It is rotating market around Inle Lake such as Ywama, Phaung Daw Oo, Mine Thaul Market, Khaung Daing, Nam Pan village.

The market is held in the every morning rotating at a village around Inle Lake except the full-moon, dark-moon days and holidays. It was very good to get there first thing in the morning because we missed the tour groups who came later.


If you want to really see how the locals shop and what is available, go to this market. It's also a fun place and you will see people from many different ethnic backgrounds who you can usually be told by the women's head dress. This is a very authentic market with all kinds of foods to try and the best prices for local clothing such as pants, scarfs and tops. The food is mostly to look at, but you can try the doughnuts and the peanut brittle candy. If you are really adventuresome, you can try other items too. Remember to bargain, you should put together a package and finally paid about fifty percent of the original asking prices.