An enjoyable afternoon
Published/Last edited or updated: 13th October, 2016
Khaung Daing is a sprawling village stretched along Inle Lake featuring various food-related cottage industries but firmly off the regular tourist trail. A visit here, around an eight- or nine-kilometre bike ride from Nyaung Shwe, taking in some hot springs and beautiful scenery along the way, makes for a fine half-day activity.
The village produces tofu with yellow peas -- if you don’t like the regular soya tofu try this one! -- processes peanuts and various kinds of beans, manufactures peanut oil, whips up rice cakes and dries sunflower seeds, among other activities. It's a regular hive of industry, but note that most tend to be underway in mornings rather than afternoons.
Though the village extends some distance along the lake, many of the food processing activities can be seen a short walk from the main jetty. Most of the plentiful tea and noodle shops are found along the sealed road to the west of the village. Also around Khaung Daing are a clutch of upmarket resorts including classy Inle Lake View. A small five-day market -- one of the lesser-visited ones -- is held between the road and lake at the northern entrance to the village.
To get here, leave Nyaung Shwe by the Teik Nan bridge and follow the road as it turns first left, then right onto a long straight tree-lined stretch overlooking marshland on both sides. After three kilometres or so the roads climbs up a way to meet the north-south Khaung Daing to Heho road. On the corner is a friendly cafe/beer station, well placed after the climb. Left takes you down towards the hot springs with wooded hills, some stupa-topped, on your right, and the lake off to the left. Also on the left are the well laidout, well-organised ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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