Attractions such as the hotspring pools, the Red Mountain Winery, Khaung Daing village and Maing Thauk are easily visited on bicycle.
Khaung Daing is a village where tofu paste is made and Maing Thauk is a village known for its beauty, especially during the winter months when water lilies are present.
Pindaya Cave is a two million year old limestone cave that's 490 metres long and contains 8,095 Buddha images, some from the 14th and 15th centuries. A taxi must be hired and will cost around 50,000 kyat.
The Red Mountain Winery is located about 3.5 kilometres from town and reached easily on bicycle or horse carriage. The operation is managed by a Frenchman with much of the winery equipment imported from Italy. After a brief tour of the facilities you'll be led to the fancy restaurant for a wine tasting. The price for tasting a selection of four wines is 2,000 kyat with an additional fee of 1,000 kyat to taste their award-winning chardonnay. The restaurant is surrounded by mountains and overlooks Inle Lake, offering some excellent views. The food is excellent with prices much cheaper than you may expect: mains are 2,500 to 4,000 kyat. A great way to spend a few hours – even if you're on a tight budget.
Traditional massages are available in town for around 6,000 kyat per hour. Win Nyunt Massage is the place to go. It's located just around the corner from The Smiling Moon Restaurant.
Hot spring pools are located outside of town and reachable via bicycle or horse carriage. Admission is $5 and private rooms are available for $15.
The Aung Puppet Show is located on the eastern part of town and is very popular with travellers. The show runs twice nightly at 19:00 and 20:30 and costs 3,000 kyat. Hand-carved puppets are available for purchase.
By Matt French
Last updated on 5th November, 2013.