Most guesthouses/hotels and the myriad "travel agents" in the small town of Nyaungshwe, where most accomodation is located, have bicycles you can rent out for the day and visit some of the villages dotted around Inle Lake.
An interesting one is Maing Thauk, a village half on land half on water, connected through a long wooden bridge. I walked all the way to the water side and had some delicious grilled fish while admiring the view, such a chilled vibe.
Such a fascinating sight! Shwe Indein Pagoda is a group of Buddhist pagodas in Indein, a village near Inle Lake.
It's amazing to wander through the different sized and coloured pagodas, all quiet apart from the tinkling bells.
To be here and see these wonderful sights and experience what I've only seen in photos before is truly amazing. I'm smiling when I think of this and I realise how lucky I am to be here living this dream.
There are some places that you just like instantly. Inle Lake is one of them. The chilled vibe of the small village in the north of the lake, and the interesting life on the lake make it a place where you'd like to stay longer.
I was pedalling away through the dirt roads after sunset, trying to get to the main road before the dark had set in. But I had to stop for a moment and capture this dark silhouette of a temple against the orange of the sunset, it just looked beautiful.
Out of all places seen so far in Myanmar, Bagan has probably left the stronggest impression on me.
There is something magical about wandering and getting lost through the myriad temples and pagodas, listening to the soft sound of tinkeling bells and just soaking in the peace and quiet.
Some of the temples of Bagan are always crowded with tourists, but if you wander out off the beaten path just a little bit, you might find a small quiet temple, seemingly deserted.
With noone around, with all the peace and quiet, it feels like time stops. I wish I could take this feeling with me.
One of the things I enjoy when visiting new countries is observing the traditional dress and the local fashion.
Therefore it was so much fun to dress up in the colourful traditional Palaung costume 😊. Locals seemed pleasantly surprised to see us in these outfits, which was nice.
Along the trek we've passed through a few ethnic minority villages - Palaung minority in this region.
[Foreigners are only allowed in this region as part of an organised tour with a local guide, as some villages are controlled by rebel groups and there are barriers when entering these. There are plenty of trekking tours from Hsipaw or other places in the Shan State to Palaung villages]
For the night we have our homestay in Pan Kham, a small charming Palaung village. Locals are very friendly and welcoming, it's amazing to experience a glimpse of the life here, in this remote area.
We've joined our lady host in the kitchen to watch the local dinner dishes preparation - and also got to learn how to make some of them, that was fun!
You get some scenic views when travelling with the slow trains in Myanmar, like the ones crossing the famous Goteik Viaduct, on the Mandalay-Hsipaw route.
A 12hr ride can be fun at times, when you've got giggling kids in front of you 😍, but also challenging - it gets very shaky sideways - even more so when you're sat in the ordinary class lol (first class sold out). Part of the adventure for sure 😁
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