Trekking in Myanmar: Kalaw to Inle Lake

Guide to Trekking Kalaw to Inle Lake

Trekking Guide in Myanmar

Since I mentioned in my previous post that the Kalaw – Inle Lake trek was a huge highlight of my SEA trip, I decided to share more details!

I choose the three day/two night option. We departed from my accommodation in Kalaw (Golden Kalaw Inn) and headed uphill through small villages and tea plantations. We stopped to visit a local school and family.

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If your worried about how difficult the trek is – don’t be! An average level of fitness would be adequate to complete the trek, walking was alternated with frequent breaks and tea stops. Given I had spent several months boozing and binging on Thai pancakes I was far from my fitness peak!

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Our accommodation for the evening was simple but cosy, with our guide preparing a delicious Burmese feast! Washed down of course with a few local Dagon beers.

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It’s not often you see a guy riding a buffalo…?! Beat’s a summer tube commute in London!

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The 70km trek ends in Inle lake, where you can witness the unique fishing technique, head to the local hot spring or as I did – cycle to the winery  !

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There is something refreshing about leaving behind fast paced modern life, and going back to basics. Well for a few days at least! Never again will I take a hot shower for granted!

If you had to choose one thing to do in Myanmar – pick this!

Looking for more on Myanmar – check out my top five places!

Or see my photos that will inspire you to visit Southeast Asia

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5 Places You Must Visit in Myanmar

Top 5 Place To Visit in Myanmar

Myanmar is unlike any other destination I have visited in South East Asia, under developed and bursting with off the beaten track adventures.

I’v recapped the highlights from trip, in the hope it inspires you to visit!

1)Yangon

Marvel at the Shwedagon Pagoda 

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This gigantic gold pagoda is lit up on an evening and the stupa (top of the pagoda) is covered with 4531 diamonds! If time permits, I’d also recommend jumping on the railway loop and take a glimpse at local life. (See Travel Fish review)

2)Bagan 

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A trip to Myanmar would not be complete without visiting the temples! The remains of the temples stretch across the landscape making for unbelievable sunrise and sunset views (and photo opportunities). You can easily hire an E-Bike to navigate between sites – and hopefully you will be a better rider than me. I took a small tumble into a thorn bush and spent the day battling to stay on the bike!

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3)Mandalay 

Sunset at the famous U-Bein Bridge

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4)Hsipaw

Take a truly eye opening railway journey over the Gokteik Viaduct

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A contrast to the Western Standards of plush seats and packaged food. Gone is the trolley cart, replaced with plastic bag noodles.

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5) Kalaw/Inle Lake  

If I had to pick one travel highlight from five months in SEA this would be it! Three days trekking with a local guide from Kalaw across to Inle Lake.trekking.jpg

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(Tip: There’s a cute winery in Inle Lake – you can cycle too, beware of the hill!)

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Places to skip: Nay Pyi Taw, the new capital is a ghost town!

Recommended hostels in Myanmar:

Pickled Tea Yangon

Yoe Yoe Lay Homestay Mandalay 

Golden Kalaw Inn

Looking for more inspiration? Check out my top 10 photos of Southeast Asia

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10 Photos That Will Inspire You To Visit Southeast Asia

Must-See Places and Countries in Southeast Asia

I have such fond memories of Southeast Asia, where I spent 5 months travelling through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Aside from partying and drinking buckets on the beach (for those who haven’t been, I’m referring to sandcastle buckets full of booze). I went on jungle hikes in Chiang Mai, abseiled waterfalls in Da Lat, trekked rice fields in SaPa and went diving in Thailand.

Here are some pictures, that I hope inspire you to visit!

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Sunrise over Bagan, Myanmar
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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
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Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, Thailand
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Maya Bay, Thailand
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Sukhothai Historical Park
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Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Kuang Si Falls, Laos
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Inle Lake, Myanmar
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Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
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Ko Nang Yuan, Thailand

 

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