Circular bike ride from Nyaung Shwe via Inle Lake.
There are all sorts of things to see on this 25kms bike ride which takes in beautiful countryside, the odd Pagoda, lots of stilt houses and a nice ride across Inle Lake.
The ride also can be diverted slightly to visit a Winery and also a monastery up in the hills so the distance quoted could increase quite a bit (especially the monastery visit as it's some way off the route). This bike ride goes mostly on narrow roads some of which are quite pot-holed, dusty and there are also one or two small hills!. So it is quite a hard cycle-ride especially considering the probably hot weather - remember to take drinks and so on
although there are a couple of places where you can buy something.Also take some Dollars to pay for the long tail ferry trip across Inle Lake - this should be around USD7 for 2 people and bikes so have around USD10 (in single notes as the ferryman won't have change) to be sure.
On reaching Maing Thauk there is a crossroads and with a sign on the right pointing to Inle Lake and Ferry Services. Almost certainly someone will approach you to see if you want a ferry across the lake - the fare should be no more than USD7 for two people and two bikes. However before going down to the ferry perhaps instead turn left up a track which leads to an orphanage, several pagodas and also you can continue on to a monastery - the latter is quite a little way away and uphill.
The boat trip
across the lake is very interesting - it's a good idea to walk along the jetty rather than get onto the ferry (a long tail boat) straightaway as there are pretty good views of Maing Thauk's long-tail boats, tilt-houses and general countryside. The ferryman will probably load your bikes and then pick you up at the end of the jetty if you ask him too - it's also easier there to get onto the boat.
Including going along the channel the trip across Inle Lake to Kaung Daing village is around 6kms. This is really interesting - loads more stilt houses, local people going here and there on their long tail boats and also you can see floating gardens. These are where the villagers grow many of their crops - the gardens are pegged to the bottom of the lake with long poles to stop them wandering off onto the lake.
At the far side there is not much of a jetty - just a bit of canal bank but the boatman soon gets you and your
bikes on-shore. Once off the boat go through the village and onto the main road. Turn right - there are some shops along and a particularly useful one is a little away along on
the left-hand side where you can get water if you need too. The route from here is quite hilly - eventually passing the hot springs and then countryside again just with the odd pagoda out in the fields. Note you need to be careful on this road - coaches use it and the drivers are pretty stupid because they go far too fast and will try and browbeat cyclists off the road.
The distance from where you get off the ferry to the Nyaung Shwe turn off (which goes off on the right) is a little under 5kms - the "road" down to Nyaung Shwe
may or may not be sign-posted by the way. However look out for a drinks stall on the right and a Ticket Booth on the left to identify this turn-off - or ideally ask a local if it is the correct way.
Our other items about Inle Lake and Nyaung Shwe - including a couple nice bike rides.
- Inle Lake and Nyaung Shwe travel and visitor guide - Myanmar
- Nyaung Shwe and Inle Lake in Myanmar touring guide - travelling there (Heho), things to do, bike rides, Inle Lake boat trips.
- Cycle ride to Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery near Nyaung Shwe
- Visiting the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, Myanmar - cycling from Nyaung Shwe via beautiful Burmese countryside.
- Local bike ride around the Nyaung Shwe countryside in Myanmar
- Cycling from Nyaung Shwe looking at a couple of Pagodas and Monasteries, villages and out in the lovely Burmese countryside.
- Inle Lake in Myanmar on a longtail boat trip
- Inle Lake long-tail boat ride looking at Pagodas (Phaung Daw Oo Paya, Nga Hpe Kyaung), Stilt-houses, floating farms.
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