Rangoon and Lake Inle, how many days?

Old Aug 20th, 2016, 07:25 AM
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Are you working with a local agent in Burma? If so, have them set up a car and driver to meet you at the airport and take you to the caves on your way to your hotel near Inle. Otherwise, you will do a fair amount of backtracking to get to the Lake then to the caves and back to your hotel. Ask them if you have enough time to visit he caves before going to your hotel. It is a long drive (we opted not to do it) and most people who want to visit the caves stay for a night in Pindaya - something you don't have time for. I would want to pre-arrange for transport to/from the caves because of your limited time.

I think your plan is reasonable.
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Old Aug 20th, 2016, 01:25 PM
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I second what Katie said. If your Inle Lake hotel is on the water, then you will have three modes of transportation in one day: flight, car, and boat. We used Shalom Travel, but many others here have worked with Santa Maria Travel.

I recall from your posts when you went to Thailand that you are a pretty independent traveler, as I am. However, I always bite the bullet and use a travel agent when the logistics get complicated. That way, if your flight is late, then your driver can help you come up with a plan B besides the caves, and make sure you get to Inle at a reasonable hour.
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Old Aug 23rd, 2016, 07:57 AM
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Thank you for the replies. I've not booked a hotel as yet but definitely want to stay in Nyaung Shew rather than on the lake. Will book flights with Santa Maria and I'll ask my contact there about the transfer and tour for the day I arrive.
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Old Aug 23rd, 2016, 08:38 AM
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I loved staying in Nyaung Shwe. We stayed the first couple of nights at the upscale option in the center of town, Amazing Hotel http://www.hotelamazingnyaungshwe.com/. As they were then fully booked, we moved to Princess Garden on the edge of town, a location I much preferred in a rural setting, a short walk to what must certainly be the most wonderful restaurant in the region, Green Chili.

I rarely say anything is not to be missed, but after discovering Green Chili on our first walk into town after moving to Princess Garden, we ate dinner there every evening. In a residential area in what appears to originally have been a house set in a lush garden, the food and atmosphere are, imo, sublime. While I don't find a website, it does appear on the google map of Nyaung Shwe, almost due south of the Mingalar Market, the town center.
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