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

Read more about my trek – Kalaw to Inle Lake

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Things To Do in Lisbon: A Weekend Itinerary

How to Spend Two Days in Lisbon. Top Things To Do.

Lisbon is a must visit city – It was a highlight of my summer trip to Europe! Ideal for a weekend break, and I’v shared my suggested Itinerary below:

Day One

Take a free walking tour and explore the best the city has to offer. I took the Sandmans tour, and highly recommend it for insider knowledge of the city. For amazing views of the city check out Sao Jorge Castle.

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In the afternoon, jump on Tram 15 to Belem. Go check out the Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery and be sure to try the famous Pasteis de Belem (it’s worth the Que!).

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How cute is this Pink House

Hungry? Check out Timeout Market, for the best selection of food and drink vendors. A great place to start the night, then why not head to Bairro Alto District, your guaranteed a lively night out.

Day Two 

Visit Sintra, this UNESCO World heritage site is full of colourful fairytale castles! Cameras at Ready. Tip: Wear comfortable shoes/trainers, exploring Sintra requires a lot of walking!

To reach Sintra, simply take the train from Lisbon Rossio station for under €5.

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Fancy a trip to the seaside – take a day trip to Cascias.

Looking for somewhere to stay? I stayed at Yes Hostel and loved it. Not only are the dorms well equipped this hostel is super social, if your a solo traveller you’ll make heap of new friends.

If your staying longer in Portugal, I would recommend heading south to surfing hot spot Lagos.

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