The night busses are ruthless and i mean it. First of all the Aircon is set to siberia minus 5 degrees and the blanket is barely thicker than a tissue paper. So the first ordeal is to get through the winter inside, then prepare to wake up at a wee 4 am to pay something called city tax. By 5 I was in nyaungshwe, the city just outside inle. It was freezing, fortunately the hostel was barely 400 metres from the stop, so i decided to walk it. Lugging my backpack and almost bitten by two really angry dogs that calmed down after I stood ground and shushed them, the rising sun lit up ostello bello, my hostel.
The good part, they have beds on the rooftop for people to crash on who arrive early. Since my checkin was at 2, I slept for sometime and recovered from the cold.
How many days do I spend
Despite being the most touristy, I would recommend not less than 3 days.
Ostello Bello. Amazing hostel
many prefer to trek from Kalaw but I chose to take the night bus from Bagan which took about 6 hours and costed 18k kyats.
Top things to do/see in Inle:
- The lake of course
- Cycle to the pagoda
- Shop in the market
- Day trip to the village
- The handicraft making parts
Eat: plenty of
Shop: things will be expensive here compared to other places. So I’d suggest you skip
The good: Ideal place to unwind
The bad: very touristy
The ugly: none
Tout level: 0. People don’t care, too nice to cheat
Language: English is well understood
Internal Transport: hire a cycle within the city for 1.5k a day. Outside, get a boat.