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From Inle Lake to Yangon, stop in Bago?

Posted by apeiron75 on 30/10/2013 at 17:39

Hi all

I am planning my upcoming trip to Burma and I was wondering if anyone did travel from Inle Lake to Bago by bus? Is there any connection? I would like to stop in Bago on the way to Yangoon, rather than going to Yangon and take a day trip to Bago. I have checked the web but could not find much..

Thanks for any hints!

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Posted by natalie_rae on 1/11/2013 at 00:45

Hi aperion,

We did catch the bus from Inle to Bago when we were in Burma in January of 2012. Ended up in Bago at 3.30 AM instead of 5.30-6:00 am and were dropped off at the tea house (which was open - bunch of dudes were watching soccer and drinking tea - which was kinda surreal)

Bago is definitely worth a day or two. We hired two guys to take us around for the day on bikes - with bikes you can easily 'see' the main sights (associated with San Francisco Motel). The monastery is definitely worth a look - although the tourist avalanche (and corresponding) behaviour that occurs during meal times (when there is a procession by the monks to the meal hall) was embarrassing and quite frankly, I wish we hadn't been there (lesson learned).

We enjoyed it - the range of religious sites is interesting and rather different to Bagan.

We stayed at San Francisco motel - which was pretty crummy to be honest. The noise from the street was unbearably loud (the sonar system of horn beeping seemed to reach an in-country high). There were also ants on the ceiling that kept falling onto us/the bed, all night. However, the people were lovely. I would look at paying a bit more if either of those things bother you.

There wasn't too much in the way of food.

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Posted by apeiron75 on 1/11/2013 at 07:51

Hi Natalie,

many thanks for the information. Do you remember what time did the bus leave Inle (from Nyaung Shwe?)
Ideally I would like to spend one day in Bago and then head to the Golden Rock before going back to Yangon.
Let's see if I can make it. I would probably have to shorten the stay at Inle Lake to two full days rather than three to leave tme for Bago ..

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Posted by natalie_rae on 1/11/2013 at 17:19

Hi aperion,

From memory, the bus left in the afternoon (around 4 I think). You can ask your guesthouse (we stayed at Aquarius Inn, which was nice and gloriously clean). Personally (and this is obviously my own opinion), two days is fine in Inle. Unfortunately, my memories of Inle are a little skewed, as I had feet covered in blisters, a mild case of the runs and period pain - not exactly in the greatest frame of mind. Maybe someone else can jump in and give you their opinion.

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