A Guide to Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake), Myanmar

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Unlike to its popular cities such as Yangon, Naypyitaw and Mandalay, this pretty little town of Nyaung Shwe will make you feel more laid back and make you feel a countryside experience. Well, that in a Burmese way. Just without the scattering of temples and modern buildings. Nyaung Shwe is more commonly known as Inle Lake where you can find local fishermen doing some unique way of fishing using the huge cone-like net.

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Arriving in Nyaung Shwe

Located in Shan State around 275 kilometers from the capital Naypyitaw and an hour drive from the nearest airport of Heho, Nyaung Shwe is easily reached by public bus, car or plane. Several accommodations are in the town, still and all, from cheap to luxury you can be satisfied to have one of your choices. The town is best explored by 2 to 5 days.

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DO: Roaming the streets and the Town Market

Due to its scant proximity, the township can be explored without a sweat. The town is just consisting of one main road with numbers of side streets. On the main road have several shops, restaurants, travel agency, temples and a market.

Get mesmerized with the laid-back ambiance plus don’t forget to visit some town’s rivers, canals, lake (not the Inle Lake) and outskirt areas.

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DO: Crossing the beautiful Inle Lake

Nyaung Shwe is the tourist capital for visiting Inle Lake. From the town, you can rent a bicycle and paddle 14 kilometers to Khaung Daing Village or 11 kilometers to Mine Thaut Village, hire a local boat to cross the lake. Upon crossing you’ll see those fishermen with their huge cone-like net.

Tour agencies around the town also offer daily boat trips to Inle Lake if you don’t want to do exploring the place on your own.

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