We have been staying in Myanmar for almost 5 years. And it’s a shame because we only started to go around Myanmar — this year. But, it’s better late than never, right?
A few weeks ago, we began our mini-travels around Myanmar.
We chose these places because they were just 6-8 hours away by bus from Yangon and we would manage to enjoy these places despite our few days off.
This time, we had a longer holiday. So, we didn’t hesitate to travel to the second largest lake in Myanmar — Inle.
It is a 12-14-hour bus trip from Yangon.
Mind you, everytime we search the web for ‘the places to visit in Myanmar’ — ‘Inle’ was always on the list.
And over the years, lots of Burmese friends kept on suggesting to visit ‘Inle’.
It is located in the Nyaungshwe Township of Taunggyi.
It’s best to fly there from Yangon. But if you enough time to spare, traveling by bus is quite comfortable.
In our case, we took the VIP bus from Yangon to Inle, vice versa. We paid 37,000 KS (37 USD) per pax.
Our trip left Yangon at 5:30 PM. We reached Inle at 6:30 AM. It was a smooth ride. We just slept the whole time.
P.S. If you are a foreigner, Inle requires an entrance fee/travel tax of 12,500 KS (12.5 USD) per pax.
We stayed in Inle for 4 days. Everything was magical.
To prove that, here is the list of 10 things to enjoy in Inle:
1. Ride a boat.
The lake’s majestic view, the birds, and the fishermen — simply enchanting.
TIP: There are a lot of agencies providing boat tours. Canvass! It’s way cheaper to directly negotiate with the boat owners.
2. Buy souvenirs.
There are tons of options. Antique pieces, garments, accessories. It’s overwhelming.
TIP: Control your impulse. Compare prices. Don’t hesitate to ask discounts!
3. Take a hike.
So far, this was the most exhausting experience Dennis and I had. We walked for almost 10 hours — and it was so difficult for Dennis because he’s not used to it. However, the view of the mountains and seeing the different faces of people were all worth it!
TIP: Make sure to give an extra free day after your trekking adventure.
4. Catch sunrise and sunset.
With the lake as the backdrop of the sunrise and sunset, you will truly enjoy your boat ride even more!
TIP: Wake up early (or stay a bit late) to see the moving display of light!
5. Enjoy the local cuisine.
We really enjoyed eating in Inle because the food was reasonable, tasty and healthy! Compared to the oily foods in Yangon their cuisine seemed balanced!
I’m a big fan of Shan noodles! S,o having Shan noodles — with soup — was a different yet delectable experience. Plus, the blueberry cheese cake in Natural Restaurant was my favorite!
And if you’re a fan of tea, like me, you would surely enjoy drinking it during the cold weather. Don’t worry. There are a lot of good restaurants in Inle!
TIP: Shan dishes are usually spicy. However, you can always request to make it less spicy! Just see what less spicy actually means. =p
6. Take photos.
Inle is photogenic — in every angle!
TIP: Extra batteries and memory cards, please!
7. Celebrate your birthday.
Celebating your birthday while exploring Inle is a life changing experience.
In my case, it made me appreciate the beauty of life.
Because of this, I plan to celebrate my next birthdays in different places. That’s my new goal. With M, of course!
TIP: Bring your own birthday cake and candles or you might end up using banana bread as your cake — just like what happened to me. Ha, ha, ha.
8. Enjoy the fresh air.
Give your lungs a treat!
TIP: Face masks aren’t needed!
9. Check out the local livelihood.
You would see how they maximize their resources well. Inle’s local workers include gold smiths, weavers, tobacco packers, farmers, and boat makers.
TIP: Don’t be shy to take photos with them. They are friendly! =)
10. Visit pagodas and monasteries.
I have seen a lot of pagodas and monasteries in the past years but I never get bored of them! There is always something surprising in them.
TIP: Make sure not to miss out Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Alodaw Pauk Pagoda and Nga Phe Kyaung Jumping Cat Monastery.
There you have it! If you have questions, feel free to comment below!
Photos Credits to J.Dennis & Me