Exploring Inle Lake: A bicycle tour 茵莱湖脚踏车之旅

This is the 3rd post about Nyaung Shwe & Inle Lake. We had a few days in this small beautiful town. Everyday here is rewarded with beautiful surprises. A friend, Patrick from London who is doing his research in Burma for his PHD studies came from Taunggyi to meet us. We decided to explore the Inle by bicycle since it was a highly recommended to us by the people here. It’s a 24km trail that goes around a circle & crossing the the river by boat – the BBB route (Bike-Boat-Bike) about 3-4 hours in total (more info click here)

Below a bicycle map from website for reference:
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Our goal was to check out the Hot Spring, cross the lake, see some breathtaking views and grand finale, enjoying wine and sunset at a vineyard on top of a hill. We were so excited!

The Hot Spring in Inle Lake
It’s a little bit disappointing when we got there, it is basically a public pool with spring water.
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We decided to ditch the hot spring and climb the hill opposite. The view is spectacular.

Crossing the lake
Nearby the hot spring, we managed to get some locals to fetch us across the lake to the other side of the bicycle trail. Price was very reasonable after some haggling… The young man brought us to the village nearby where his brother took us across the lake and drop us at a restaurant for lunch as agreed.

Our lunch
The restaurant is built right on the lake. Having a beer looking out to the calm peaceful town on the lake is just surreal. The restaurant is run by a small family. Very humble place, simple kitchen. The lunch portion here is huge! We ended up with a food coma!

The journey to Red Mountain Estate

Red Mountain Estate, Nyaung Shwe
After some hard work cycling through dirt road, we finally arrived at the hill. We spend the whole afternoon here enjoying wine & the beautiful view until sunset.

We end the night with dinner at the Sun Flower Restaurant
The food here at this restaurant is really good. Strongly recommended.

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