Heho is today one of the main entry points for visitors to the Inle Lake. It is a lovely little town that has retained its originally charming and unique characteristics.
The city of Heho is located in the center of Myanmar, Kalaw Township. Thanks to its airport, Heho is today one of the main entry points for visitors to the Inle Lake. It is a lovely little town that has retained its originally charming and unique characteristics. Even if there is not much to do there, a visit to this city is an interesting way to enjoy its geographical location and its few unique festivals in Burma.
1. How to get to Heho
The city of Heho has its airport with daily connections to Yangon, Mandalay and other cities of the country. As a result, you will surely have to go through this charmining city during your Burma trip.
From there, most people take a tourist bus or taxi to get to the Inle Lake. Taxis are available directly from the airport. For a journey of 45 minutes, it will cost between 10 and 20USD. If you feel that too expensive, taxi drivers will try to bring other travelers together so that you can share the fees. If you take a bus, you will have to walk to the main road which is 2km far from the airport.
To move around the city and its surroundings, buses, and taxies are the most convenient means of transport. They will allow you to reach the Inle Lake easily.
As mentioned above, Heho is not often chosen as a site to stay in a long time. It’s just a stopover on the road to the Inle Lake. Consequently, housing services there are not really developed. It’s better for you to rest in Nyaung Shwe.
2. What to visit, what to do in Heho?
Heho has an interesting geographical location. This small town is located in the Taunggyi District, Shan State. It is not far from the highway connecting the capital of Shan State to the largest city of the plain of Burma, Meiktila.
Heho plays an important role in the national tourism industry as it is the main gateway to the tourist attractions, such as Shan State, Taunggyi and the Inle Lake, especially. Finally, Heho is on a high plateau; therefore, it’s whether fresh and pleasant all year, which is an exception to the general weather of Burma.
Of course, one of the main attractions of your Burma trip in general and the area of Heho is the Inle Lake. You will have to pay a fee of 10USD per person to get there. A boat ride on the lake is mandatory. The journey takes about 7 hours and will cost about 15USD.
From Heho, you can also reach Pindaya and visit this bucolic city. Visiting the caves of Pindaya to discover the extraordinary location of this pilgrimage site where thousands of Buddhas in all sizes have been arranged over the years is an impressive experience.
The best time to visit Heho is during the festival season. The Shin Pyu festival in particular surely satisfies you as its unique features. Held annually by the inhabitants of the city, it is the moment when the head of the monastery chooses sons of a few families in the city to join the monastery.
During your trips to Burma, you will surely pass by Heho to go to the Inle Lake. It’s surely an interesting experience to see the atmosphere and scenery of the city.