Inle Heritage began as a place to house the Burmese cats and transformed into a foundation for preserving Inle Lake's nature and culture.
After the cats came our Inthar Heritage House and restaurant, and an aquarium to display the fish and turtles.
We saw a need for alternative education for youth in Myanmar, so our vocational school was born.
They would learn how to cook, clean and run a hotel - so along came our Stilt Houses.
Now, we have expected to an off-campus private school constructed with bamboo
We saw a need for alternative education for youth in Myanmar, so our vocational school was born. They would learn how to cook, clean and run a hotel—so along came our Stilt Houses. Now, we have expanded to an off-campus private school constructed with bamboo.
Yin Myo Su (Misuu) is the founder of Inle Heritage. She is also the Managing Director of Inle Princess Group, which includes Inle Princess and Mrauk U Princess.
Misuu’s grandparents inspired her to stay connected to her heritage and she finds their Buddhist teaching of “the Middle Way” relevant to her life and business. Compassionate and resilient, Misuu maintains a positive outlook despite Myanmar’s tourism industry suffering through decades of economic and political strife.
Often called a visionary by local and international communities, her ideas and execution stand out because she expresses herself and encourages others to do the same. Long before “leadership” and “women empowerment” were buzzwords, Misuu gave her team plenty of opportunities to learn and create change.
When she was little, she dressed up as a princess to entertain guests in her home, travellers who slept on their floor. "I believe all children need that feeling of security, recognition, love and care. From that I learned I need to give in order to receive, and that has stayed with me."
What we do
As we evolve to meet Inle region's needs, our businesses and conservation projects encourage the community to develop sustainably and preserve our heritage.
We work for the benefit of people, nature and culture. We believe in educating the future generation, saving our environment and preserving our culture. Our schools, conservation projects and media are how we give back to our community. When our alumni get better jobs, when we discover a new fact about the Inle Carp fish, when we tell our story to new audiences, we create impact. These are the three pillars supported by our social business.
Heritage efforts are unsustainable if they rely solely on donations, so we set up businesses around things visitors enjoy to make supporting us easy. Our stilt houses offer a cozy cultural experience. Our restaurant serves up authentic Inthar food on a veranda overlooking Shan hills. Our gift shop supports local artisans so people can take a piece of Inle home. Each business considers the customer, the maker and its impact on sustainable heritage.
The next generation relies on us to keep our traditions and environment alive.
Our conservation projects educate the community and encourage them to take action.
Here, life is lived on water.
There are houses on stilts, floating temples, lotus blossoms and hyacinths everywhere you look. People rely on the water for bathing, cooking and growing vegetables.
With Shan hills to the east, pagodas and farmland to the west, the lake is a stunning place to visit, especially between September and April when the weather is warm during the day and cool at night.
There are over 200 villages and ethnic groups living on and around the lake and they all have their own culture, festivals and handicrafts.
You can explore the bamboo forests, trek from Kalaw, and take a boat tour of the floating gardens, weaving centers, silversmiths and cheroot factories.
Meet our team
This is our team of dedicated people who make Inle Heritage happen. Regardless of where we grew up, we are united in our mission to make the Inle region a more sustainable place to live.