Inle Lake: in which we saw a cave full of Buddhas and sampled Burmese wine

Inle Lake was the perfect place to end our trek – most of the things to do there didn’t involve much walking. We stayed at Joy Hotel in Nyaungshwe (the main town near the lake) for $25US per night for a double room, which was in a good location and the room was fine.

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We hired a car with our trekking buddies Chris and Susan to head out to Pindaya, where there was a cave pagoda with apparently over 8000 Buddha statues. Pfft, we thought, no way! Well, we were wrong – the cave was packed full of Buddhas large and small. It was very weird but pretty impressive! There was even a tiny secret cave that you had to crawl through a small hole to get to – and there were Buddhas in there too.

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Massages were top of the list once we finished the trek, and there were a number of places to choose from. We had a traditional Burmese massage, where it felt like they were punching and kicking us, and they actually stood on us – not exactly relaxing but it definitely got rid of some of the aches we had after the trek!

A couple of days after we got to Inle Lake we felt like it was time for some more exercise, so we hired bikes and cycled to Red Mountain Estate, a winery near Nyaungshwe. The ride was easy and flat, and we had a wine tasting of four different wines. I liked the rose and Shaun liked the sauvignon blanc. Yum!

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We ate delicious food at Thanaka Garden Restaurant, which is a bit out of the main town but worth the extra few minutes walk to get there! The chocolate and banana pancakes at Inle Pancake Kingdom are also not to be missed – delish!

One of the main things to do at Inle Lake is a boat tour – we’ll cover that in our next post.

P&S xx

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