I arrived Inle Lake around 4am via a night bus which the folks at Mya Thida Hostel was kind enough to arrange. Unfortunately there was no JJ Express for the route from Bagan to Inle Lake, I took whichever bus that the guy recommended. It was not bad after all. Can’t remember the name though, I thing it was called “Super Sunrise” Express Bus.
Using Maps.me’s offline map, I walked to my hotel. Hotel Remember Inn is the best hotel I booked throughout my Myanmar trip. After a 10 minutes walk on the silent street, I reached my hotel to realize that it was locked! Being really exhausted and cold, I pressed the door bell hoping that someone would answer it. December was winter season in Myanmar, the temperature was 9 degree Celsius.
Fortunately, one of the receptionists came out and opened the door for me. I thought I would have to sleep at the lobby because I only booked my stay from the day of arrival, which means that the hotel would check me in at 3pm on that day, based on my booking. Surprisingly, he checked me in, gave me a room key. I could not be grateful enough! Went into my room, off to a hot shower and bed time! The room was big, I was happy!
The WiFI was working fine, way better than Bagan’s, I was able to send texts and a few photos out to let my friends know that I am still surviving in this beautiful country. I fell asleep soon after.
Woke up feeling cold and hungry, I walked up to the hotel’s top floor for breakfast. I was presented a menu and the waitresses told me to just pick what I wanted for breakfast.
I was overwhelmed with the food offered, and impressed too! Check out my breakfast post with photos at Hotel Remember Inn.
The lake tour is the main attraction at Inle Lake. Apart from that, there is a street to walk around. If you are staying away from the lake, like me to avoid the motor boat engine noise, you will definitely walk pass there on your way to the lake. There is also a simple night market in the evening. The street was generally quiet after 8pm.
There are also some hikes around the area, I’ve met a few backpackers who were on their way to Kalaw. I spent three nights at Inle Lake before departing go Yangon via JJ Express VIP bus.
I like Inle Lake. Although I think it is enough to just stay two nights here, I decided to stay three nights, having one extra day to just relax and enjoy the small town, allowing myself to sleep in in the mornings. Check out my boat tour and a stroll down the street in a different post.