I could have thought they were ducks swimming in the river. My God, they are actually Seagulls. Nyaungshwe is a good place for watching migratory birds and local birds from early November till February, there is a few bird santuary along the river heading to the lake. Seagulls can be found along Nyaungshwe River and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda in Inle...more
One of the more impressive payas in Nyaungshwe, the Yadana Man Aung is also the oldest. Certainly it's not in the same league as Shwedagon or even Sule Paya in Yangon (Rangoon) but then again what is? The only really unusual feature of the paya is the step-spired stupa (see photo). A pleasant enough way to spend an hour.more
The main bustling canals leading to Inle Lake are situated mostly to the West of town, but on the East side is the much quieter Mong Li canal. It is almost free of boat traffic, and a walk there at almost any time of day will prove rewarding for a bit of people watching.The main picture, taken as the evening was drawing in, shows some young nuns...more
Readers of my other pages will known that I love wandering about markets, so in Nyaungshwe I naturally made my way to the Mingala Market. Centrally located on the Main Road, it is very much the hub of the town.There's nothing perticularly remarkable about it, but it's a good size and an interesting way to spend some time.more
I fully appreciate that religions are dynamic and keep changing, but there has always been something about abandoned places of worship (of whatever faith) that makes me a little sad.I stumbled uopn a group of apparently derelict Buddhist religious buildings whilst walking one evening. Nobody was about the place and the paths. such as they were,...more
The Museum of the Shan Chiefs is one of the few things to see in Nyaungshwe itself (obviously I exclude Inle Lake in this statement). I visited there, and found it a little sad on a number of levels. Set in a beautiful old colonial style house, there is the natural wistfulness for a byogne and more delicate age, and this is further reinforced by a...more
This local restaurant, made for locals, was very close to Gypsy Inn. I have decided to get in because I could see the kitchen and the way the cooks were preparing the food. The owners, and cooks, were a young couple with a little child. When I was eating, the child began to look attentively at me and jumped to my table. This was very interesting.As...more
In this restaurant, located in the Century travel agency, I had a very good experience. The food, in fact, is very tasty and, to tell you the truth, it was, perhaps, the best food I have tryed in Myanmar. In the evening I went to this travel agency to buy a bus ticket to Yangon. The owner of this agency received me with a great smile, offered me...more
This is a kind of restaurant where we find a good ambience, but not a genuine food. I have to say the food is not bad, but not authentic Nepali food. The owners try to make a kind of food for European / American tourists, not spicy.Besides this fact, I found a long hair in my food.Going to local restaurants, eating with locals, we pay for less and...more
We are just too lazy to walk anymore after a day trip to Inle lake. We went to nearest Restaurant along the road of our Hotel Remember Inn. Lotus Restaurant also provide trekking service, you might want to check out it. We ordered Fried rice and Rice vermicelli with vegetabls, pizza again, roasted chicken with mashed potatoes, banana pancakes...more
We had Italian food that night at Golden Kite, just a walking distance from our Hotel.Very nice lights decoration, the waiter tend to speak like an Italian, introducing what is special from the menu. We can also see the master chef cooking in the kitchen. We had pizza, pasta, 2 pancakes.more
I only popped in here for a bit of a snack one afternoon, and I was the only patron. The service was friendly, as were the three really cute youngsters who romp about the place (see second photo). a bowl of very filling (and delicious soup) cost literally pence (or cents). You are effectively sitting at tables in what is the verandah of the owner's...more
This place is great. As you can see from the photo, it's no great shakes decor wise, but the food is excellent. the choice is basically from a number of set Burmese curry meals, which come with (umlimited) rice and all the usual accompaniments.It's cheap, filling, and above all, damned tasty! You can also get a beer here to wash it all...more
I generally find myself trying to visit as amny restaurants as I can when I visit a place - I like the variety. I did, however, find myself visiting this place several times.If you look at the photo, you will see it's nothing spectacular from the outside. The inside is, however, quite spacious and airy with a good number of tables. there is also...more
This may well be one of the best tips I will post on my Myanmar pages, and it concerns the Indra restaurant. The reason I say it may be the best is that none of the guidebooks sem to mention it and the only Internet mention I could find on it was in French.OK, so the decor isn't exciting - who cares? The two sisters and their extended family who...more
OK, so I'm a bit of an evangelist about going to foreign places to eat the local food. I have never seen the point, for example, of British tourists going to Spain to eat fish and chips, complete with mushy peas and gravy. It is somewhat odd, I feel, that I find myself recommending a pizza restaurant in Nyaungshwe, but I have to tell you, the pizza...more
Like most places in Myanmar, nightlife is extremely limited and stops bang on eleven o'clock (if not before). The only option in Nyaungshwe is to pick a bar or restaurant and just hang out with the locals and / or other travellers. I ofund Juang Kuang on the Main road to be a good place for this. It's central location opposite the Mingala market means it's usually fairly busy.
The entertainment is the TV on the wall which shows the usual diet of football (soccer) and fairly violent films interspersed with the ubiquitous karaoke videos.
You can get food here too.
Not a bad place to have a beer and watch the world go by.
Dress Code: Anything goes.
There are many travel agencies selling bus tickets to Yangon. Normal fare in normal bus costs you 14.000 Ks.I went to some travel agencies, including Sunny Day and Century. In the first one I had a bad experience with a rude guy, but in Century Travel Agency was completely different. The owner and manager, Ma Su Su Htwe, is an intelligent and very...more
The best mode of transport if you want to visit Inle Lake and to the inner Bamboo forest, take the long fast boat.Picture 1 - Boat for local, no comfy wooden armchair with cushion. Picture 2,3,4 &5 - Boats for tourist like me, very double standard. I would prefer to sit with the locals. You can arrange with your hotel for the long boats, the boat...more
Best transport to fly from Bagan to Heho, it is fast to reach your destination and to avoid over crowded bus. Heho airport is the main airport in Kalaw district, from here you can go to Kalaw, Pindaya, Nyaungshwe and the ever beautiful Inle Lake, one of the top tourist destinations of Burma.I am just glad to be able to see the most wonderful view...more
Almost or less, people of Burma are Theravada Buddhist and they do practise like all Buddhist a food culture related to their religion. I was at Remember Inn's restaurant where I took this buddhist shrine. It's best to serve Buddha in the early morning, with little bit of cooked rice from the family cooking pot, some dishes, cut slices of fruits...more
Kite flying is undoubtedly big in Southeast Asia, and certainly in Burma / Myanmar. Nyaungshwe is no exception to this.Every evening the young (and not so young) gather in groups to fly kites. A particularly good place to watch this phenomenon is the park / sportsfield where the Independence Monument is.Actually, it's not quite the gentle pastime...more
It's difficult to over-emphasise the part Bogyoke (General) Aung San plays in the national psyche of Myanmar. He is far more important than, say, a Washington or Lincoln in the US or a Churchill in the UK. Everywhere you go, there are statues of the great man, invariably in uniform, and generally striking a heroic pose.I found this statue of Aung...more