Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary is a secluded paradise for nature lovers and those who want to escape the beaten path. As a major site on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, Indawgyi has long attracted birdwatching enthusiasts who come to see the lake teeming with migratory birds during the winter months.
However, with its natural beauty, charming villages, and peaceful way of life, Indawgyi has more recently started to attract a wider variety of tourists. In 2013, a community group called Inn Chit Thu (Lovers of Indawgyi) was formed to provide tourism services, including kayak and bicycle rental, with profits going into a community fund. Kayaking on the wide expanses of Myanmar’s largest lake and absorbing the simple routines of local life provide a great getaway from the main tourist trail.
The town of Hopin has the closest train station to Indawgyi Lake (about 2 hours’ drive). Alternatively, it’s a 6-7 hour drive from Myitkyina. Foreigners can stay in the village of Lonton on the south-western shore of the lake, where Inn Chit Thu is based.