Aung Ko Ko, the General Manager of Villa Inle Boutique Resort, gives his insight in the the best things to see, eat and do around Inle Lake.
The Villa Inle Boutique Resort opened in 2011 and now has 27 villas. It has an organic garden and a 20 acre wood, which includes old teak trees, and an outdoor swimming pool. Guests can enjoy Asian fusion, Western and local food at the hotel’s restaurant.
For breakfast and lunch, Kyaung Eain, Mr. Toe and Eyeful Lake are good for local Shan noodles and warm tofu — they’re delicious. For those who wants to try simple Myanmar food, there’s a few food stalls at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda.
At Inle, most hotels have their own bars but most people goes to Nyaung Shwe, a 20 minutes drive away, where there are many more bars. The best places for nightlife are Zee Kwat Bar and Peter Bar, with its 1980-style, most guests love the cocktails.
Beyond the Taste and Pwal Taw Win in Nyaung Shwe offer a wide range of local dishes like nga dote kha, wat tha chin and nga htamin nel which are really popular.
If you want to go hiking, there are a number of choices routes depend where you want to go. There’re Kalaw to Inle, Inle to Inn Ni, which is a Pa-o village and many more. You can see the stunning scenery and local culture.
To get the best view of sunset go to any of the hotels on the east side of the lake. But to view the lake from above, the view from Red Mountain Winery is absolutely stunning.
At Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, you can experience hundred of leg-rowers on racing boats. The competition is the signature of Inle Lake. It’s once a year, so why not!
While on the lake keep an eye out for the tomato plants on the tiny floating islands! It’s amazing how local farmers plant the tomatoes on these floating islands.
Most of the best of places to buy souvenirs, crafts and local products are located at Inn Pop Khone, the weaving village where you can also buy cotton. Ywar Ma village is the best place to buy silverware.
Villa Inle Boutique Resort
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