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Mandalay to Bagan to Inle Lake

Posted by igormozzilli on 6/2/2014 at 04:33

Hello, 2 questions :)

I'm looking some infos to plan my trip between, as the topic title say, Mandalay- Bagan -Inle Lake. Anyone knows how much the ticket for the boat from Bagan to Nyaung U and where to buy the ticket? I know there are some different options, a tourist boat faster and expensive and a "normal" boat, I'm looking infos on the second one.

My second question is how to get in Inle Lake from Bagan/Nyaung U? is there a Bus or a Train and what do you suggest?

Thanks guys for helping!

(sorry for my english, I do my best :D )

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Posted by dannyjacob on 10/2/2014 at 09:22

Hi,

The later boat would cost around 10$ as far as I know, but it takes some 15 - 17 hours boating. Just ask the staff of the hotel in Mandalay for reservation it is better than booking via agent.

I find this useful, hope this helps you some: http://burmasenses.com/burma-destinations/bagan/

For the transportation from Bagan to Inle Lake, I suggest you take a bus. It is more comfortable than train. The hotel in Bagan could help you with this.

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Posted by igormozzilli on 10/2/2014 at 09:23

Thank you so much!

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Posted by stoneman on 25/3/2014 at 05:22

This August I intend to take the overnight bus from Bagan to Kalaw. Same bus probably travels on to Shwenyaung. Decided the bus was more practical than the train. Though being 58 I'm not looking forward to it haha. I believe the train goes from Bagan to Thazi then you have a wait of many hours for a connecting train to Kalaw/Shwenyaung.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 25/3/2014 at 20:51 admin

@stoneman - I've done Thazi to Kalaw both on the roof of a bus and a train. It is a spectacular trip -- the train, while very slow, comes down a series of switchbacks - stunning stuff -- try and come back on the train if time allows.

Some pics from the ride on the van are here

Cheers

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Posted by stoneman on 26/3/2014 at 03:51

Somtam2000,sounds like your trying to sell a poor old man of 58 years a ride on top of a van or train lol. As much as I feel I'm still a somewhat adventurous traveller I do seek out those creature comforts these days. Thanks for the link. I had read your trip report. I don't miss much when I'm researching the net. Evenblogs/reports from 'extreme' travellers haha.

With planning comes compromise. Decided to travel Bagan to Kalaw overnight as daylight time is my priority. No sitting around on my backside for this old man. Intend to take the train from Kalaw to Shwenyaung so will enjoy the scenery on that ride. No backtracking, flying Heho down to Yangon (currently waiting for the airlines to publish their Summer Schedule).

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Posted by igormozzilli on 7/4/2014 at 09:55

Hi everybody I'm back from the trip in Burma so I can reply to my question :)

The ticket for the boat, you can find it in any tourist info point, from Nyaung Oo to Mandalay is 35$ (Shwe Keinnery cruise, the Malikha was out of service) and it works until 1st April, they sell this as a spectacular trip but I found it quite boring, most of the time the same scenery and the boat took about 14 hours to get in Mandalay, I'm referring on the period while I'm writing so March/April, I guess in a different season the scenery could change and the boat can go faster, however I'm happy to got the boat trip because I really hate Bus Trip (and Burma people doesn't like Air Con, so they keep always the windows opened....damn).

From Inle to Bagan there is a Bus, I got it for 12$, very easy to find where buy it, the travel is about 9 hours and the bus get very busy 'cause the locals sit in the central aisle with plastic stool as well as in the other SE countries :)

I add one more info to this post: about Mandalay to Inle Lake/Nyang Shwe, I took the train and I really enjoyed this experience, the train is very slow, dusty, dirty and not really comfortable but you can see so many villages, people and easily talk with locals guys, I really suggest to anyone interested about this route to take the train. The cost is 7$ from Mandalay to Thazi and leaves at 15:00 arriving at 17:46, you have to spend a night in Thazi (I suggest Moonlight guesthouse, very friendly staff...rooms are very simple but I enjoyed the warm atmosphere), the second train (7$) From Thazi to Shwenyaung depart at 5:00 am arriving at 14:50 (this is the slow and stoic train), then take a share taxi ride to Inle.

I hope that someone could find useful my infos and sorry for my english again! I do my best :)

bye bye and enjoy traveling!

Igor

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Posted by stoneman on 8/4/2014 at 04:02

Thanks for the updated info Igor. Don't worry, understood your English well enough. Sounds like you enjoyed your visit.

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Posted by chengywong on 15/6/2014 at 09:10

Hi travelers,
I just came back from Myanmar early this year after a challenging 11-days trip. I hereby would like to share my trip itinerary which we did extensive research. Hope the attached link helps and happy planning.
http://chengywong.blogspot.com/2014/04/mingalabar-discover-burma-myanmar-in.html


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Posted by stoneman on 16/6/2014 at 06:16

Chengy Wong, thank you for your time & effort. Lot of good info for travellers researching their visit to Myanmar.

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