Samkar Lake CBT was born under the project EPIC (Economic Promotion of Inle Communities Through Cultural and Natural Heritage Valorization- AICS AID 10937) funded by Italian Agency for Development Cooperation
ICEI, leading organization, together with local partners Inle Speaks and Dear Myanmar cooperated with the communities of Samkar Lake area to develop CBT activities.
ICEI facilitated the creation of Committees and provided extensive training to service providers and it organized capacity building and awareness raising session on responsible tourism.
Samkar Lake CBT involves members of 3 ethnic groups, Shan, Pa-O and Intha.
Today the CBT counts 3 villages on the shores of Samkar lake, 35 miles south of the world-famous Inle lake: Samkar, Tha Yar Khone and Khone Tar.
There are CBT Committees in each village, who take strategic decisions, and groups of service providers as cooks, pilots and community guides, who take care of the guests.
“Samkar” in the local language is the frangipani flower, which is the symbol of this village and community guides would be happy to lead guests around to share about the ancient history and legends of this lake and its people.