Around Inlay

Nyaung Shwe.

Nyaung Shwe is the tourists hub for visiting inle lake. It consists of one main thoroughfare with numerous side streets and a few parallel roads. The main street has numerous shops, several restaurants, a few stupas, travel agencies and a market (located behind the storefronts). Near the end of this road, a bridge crosses the river channel near an impressive mirror-tiled stupa.
The town serves as a marina for the numerous long boats carrying tourists into the lake. The lake itself is located a few kilometers south through a river channel. Nyaung Shwe can be reached by bus, car, or by plane via the airport in HeHo located about a one-hour drive away.

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Kakku Pagodas.

Situated at about 26 miles on the south-cast of Taungyi and is easily assessible by car. It is the plase rarely assessed not only by tourists but also by the native citizens. Many Pa Oh villages can be seen on the way together with hill side farming and cheroot leaves (Thanut Phet) businesses. The Kakku Mwe Kaw Trip of Southern Shan States is the trip, through which th violet mountain ranges, evergreen forests and clear still waters can be sensed.
Actually, the Kakhu Pagodas are situated on the southeast of Inle Lake and this Kakku Pagodas can be reached from Inle by going on foot and by vehicle in turn through trekking along the forest. The most convenient track assessible throughout the year is going around Nant Pan Bazaar. By crossing through Moe Kaung Village on the east of Nant Pan  Bazaar, Taat Kyee Village, Htee Ne Village for about 4 hours on foot, Naung Khe Village is arrived. From Naung Khe Village, Kakkhu Pagodas can be assessible by car. Apart from it, by visiting Kyauk Ta Lone from Nant Pan Road, it can also be done. Whether the first or second road may be used, these roads meet at “Ham Si” Village and if the road from “Ham Si” is taken, Kakku Pagodas are reached. The trip may be tiresome but this trekking would give very valuable regional knowledges.
There are about 2548 pagodas in Mwe Kaw Kakku, but, even though the Pagodas were built very closely to one another, the unsimilar amazing architecture of the Pagodas are found. Because this place was under water in ancient times, the arrival by boat of Thiri Dhammar Sokka King, who was the founder of these Kakku Pagodas, are also illustrated. On either side of the passageway, many pagodas that cannot be seen elsewhere throughout Myanmar, can be paid homage pleasingly.

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Taunggyi.

Capital of Shan State, Taunggyi is a pine clad hill station about 1500 metres high. The weather is cool all year round and the winter months can be quite cold at night. Taunggyi can be easily reached by road from Inle Lake. The local market is well known throughout Myanmar and the road south will lead you to the unique Kak Ku sight of 2000 stupas in Pa-O country. The Fire Balloon Festival held annually at the full moon of Tazaungmon in November is not to be missed.

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Pindaya.

Pindaya is a small quiet town perched on the bank of the placid Botoloke Lake. Pindaya cave is a huge cavern where hundreds and thousands of Buddha images in various size and shape are installed since the 11th century.

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Kalaw.

The trek from kalaw to Inle Lake can be done in two to three days, but this extended trek is done in six days and five nights. The first two days lead from Kalaw to the north in an anticlockwise direction around the town, over the Viewpoint and to the railroad south of town. The next four days the route heads more or less to the east and finally reaches Khaung Daing Village at the shore of Inle Lake. Mainly easy up and down walking from village to village along farmlands, through hills and over low mountains. Sleeping in local people’s homes and buddhist monasteries.

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Hopong

District of the State are Taunggyi, Loilem, Lashio, Muse, Kyaukme, Kunlong, Laukkai, Kengtung Mongsan, Monhpyak and Tachileik. Shan State is formed with 54 townships and 193 wards and village-tracts.Wa (Lwela) people are the dwellers in Hopang Township on the east of Thanlwin River. As natural products, manganese is found in Hopong. Hopong is situated in the southern part of Shan State. Located near the capital city of Shan State, Taunggyi. Hopong is about 10 km from Taunggyi and therefore is accessible by car from Taunggyi.

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