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As much as i like Bagan and Mandalay i really enjoy being near or on Inle Lake. Maybe because i'm dutch and the sight of so much water does me good, maybe because i usually visit it after the dusty planes of Bagan and Mandalay but it always is nice to see so much water.... I've been here a few times by now though i'd love to stay for a while longer next time. The visits have been of fairly short duration due to time limits of the people that we've taken here. Of course a day on the lake is a good start. It normally will take you to wherever the 5-day market is (the market rotates among the settlements along the lake according to a 5-day schedule), a visit to the big pagoda on the lake (see picture), seeing the cats jump at the jumping-cat monastery and of course loads of 'opportunities' of souvenir shopping in one of the many artisan shops on the lake. From a smithy where you can see how Shan swords and knives are made, to weaving, umbrella making, jewelery making, a cheroot factory and more. Of course you don't have to buy anything. And if you don't want to be steered to any or all of these shops, make sure your boat driver and/or guide know. And know clearly. They might try anyway since they get a small commission and for most boat drivers this commission makes the day worthwhile (they don't get a lot for just boating you around). And i must say that it is interesting to see some of the places where the products are made.
The hills around lake Inle make for excellent trekking (a popular route is from Kalaw to Inle Lake) and it is also possible to hire a bike and visit some villages along the shore by yourself of course.
From Nyaung-shwe you can also visit Kekku by car (via Taunggy) or by an overnight trek (accommodation in Kekku).
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