We couldnt make up our mind whether to stay at Mingalar Inn or Princess Garden, so decided to have four nights in each and give Mandalay a miss instead. Best decision we made on our trip! Mingalar Inn's breakfast was a little better, but having the bungalows overlooking the fields and the swimming pool gives Princess Garden the deserved number 1 spot. Having a week at Inle gave us plenty of time to try lots of restaurants, some of them not yet on trip advisor, Felt like a local after being there for a week. Felt like a traveller not a tourist, unlike Bagan!
A good day trip is to cycle to the village past the hot springs, haggle for a boat to ferry you across the lake and cycle back passing the Red Mountain winery which is well worth a visit.
As Princess Garden doesnt have a restaurant, they wont mind me using this review to mention Aurora (opposite the Golden Kite where the tourist buses stop to eat), inther food (cuisine of the people from inke lake did a great fried fish with vegetables for 3000K a tomato salad to die for 1500K and really nice french fries for the home sick for 1500K, Everest, a nepalese restaurant. The proprietor said that her grandparents had come from Nepal, and the food was really modestly priced. I mean really modestly priced!!
The exchange rate is better for small notes here than at the bank we used in Yangon, and I also got a free cup of tea whilst changing money. The rates for 50 and 100 bills is the same as in Yangon at KZB bank.
Unlike Bagan, where you are hassled by vendors wherever you go, Nyaungshwe is just a nice place to hang out, The boatties can be a bit of a nuisance, but they are NOTHING compared to the ubiquitous horse carts, painting and lacquerware hawkers of Bagan.
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