Photo: Exploring the stilted villages of the lake is an essential part of a Nyaung Shwe visit.

Three-day Inle Lake itinerary

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Inle Lake itself is the main attraction in Nyaung Shwe, but the town is a pleasant spot to hang out, as it has one of the main traveller scenes in Burma and a range of good cafes. Three days spent here allows you to see the lake’s key attractions, plus a few other things to make your trip memorable. Here’s a suggested itinerary.





Day 1: If you’ve arrived via the lengthy journey from say Mandalay or Bagan, a gruelling night bus from Yangon or especially a three-day trek from Kalaw, then you might want to start off with a morning off to chill and recover. Relax in a tea shop or cafe, soak up the atmosphere or explore the market.

Chill out meandering through Inle's floating gardens. Photo taken in or around Three-day Inle Lake itinerary, Inle Lake, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

Chill out meandering through Inle's floating gardens. Photo: Mark Ord

Next, check where the following day’s five-day market will be, and get your boat organised for the following morning with a boatman. Be specific about which jetty you’ll meet at and agree on a price. See below for more on working out what your day will take in.

Stretch your legs with an afternoon cycle west or east out of town to either Khaung Daing and the hot springs or Red Mountain Winery and Maing Thauk. Both routes, and especially from the winery, afford fine lake views, and will introduce you to the local countryside and village life. We’d probably edge towards doing the latter, since Khaung Daing may also be visited by boat the following day. The short ride out to the famous teak Shan monastery Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung is also worth ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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