So after three days of trekking we arrived in Inle Lake and firstly let me tell you… I was sooo happy that I had booked to stay for 5 days. WHY you might ask. Well my feet were covered in blisters from the trek to the point I seriously couldn’t walk for days. As soon as I took those hiking boots off I told the women at the hostel desk ‘Where can I throw these away? I never want to see them again’. lol

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The minute I hit my bed I knew I wasn’t going anywhere.

I’m glad I also stayed in Inle Lake for a while because it really deserves the time to explore. As my feet were ruined for the first 3 days I remained local to my hostel and didn’t really venture out. BUT, I did take a boat trip around the lake which was lovely.

Where did I stay?

I stayed at Gypsy Inn which was right by the river and was ok. Slightly out of town and wasn’t that busy to be honest. I think I was alone in my dorm for the first 2 nights. When I checked in I was surprised when I wasn’t given a key for my dorm and when I asked the owner she got abit funny about it. Even claimed that I was the FIRST person to ever ask for a key. LOL. Funny that, a girl moved into my dorm a night or two later and she demanded a key also. HAHA.. mmm

This place did you a great breakfast which was included in the room rate. Eggs, shan noodles, tea and coffee and also fruit was served. Good thing was that wifi worked pretty well if you sat by the reception area and also that in the dorm the shower and toilet are in the same room instead of having to go outside.

Where did I eat?

  • Classic Bar & Restaurant.
    This place is just around the corner from the hostel and was really nice. Prices not to expensive and the lady who owns it has a nice roof terrace where you can eat. She is also very nice. I went here every day and when I told her it was my last day she brought me over a plate of fruit. Sooo cute

The Avocado salad was a total winner.. also the Shan Noodles… YUM

  • Sin Yaw Restaurant
    This place was sooo good. Food here is great and reasonably priced. It has traditional Burmese dishes and they are super attentive by handing over your menu, giving you a refreshment towel and also having insect repellent on hand if you need it.
    I would really recommend you go here.

  • Innlay Hut
    OK, so I have not been here but I was told by my tour guide from my trek that this place does the BEST indian food. I did try and go here twice and it was always super busy with no available tables. So if you like Indian food I would really recommend you try this place out…. IF you can get a table that is. You can read their tripadvisor reviews here.


  • Pub Asiatico
    This place was great fun to go in the evening and meet other backpackers. Beer is cheap and they also have a pool table and giant jenga. Lots of fun but as most places in Asia it shuts down at 11pm or midnight

Top Tip:

The one thing I knew about Inle Lake was that I wanted to do a boat tour BUT I didn’t want to see all the workshops. If you walk around the river there are many boat drivers who will be happy to negotiate with you as I found going to an agency will cost more. If I remember right they were asking around 22,000 kyat however I managed to get mine for 16,000kyat. Do you homework and tell the driver where you want to go and what you don’t want to see. I was really kee to see Indein so I made sure this was included.






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