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Nyaung Shwe

Practical information on Nyaung Shwe

  • Relaxation
  • Encounters with locals
  • Mountain
  • Vineyards
  • Lake
  • Handicraft
3 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
Between 8 and 10 hours by bus from Mandalay
When to go
From March to June
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Nyaung Shwe

Maryam Josheni Seasoned Traveller
20 written opinions

Nyaung Shwe is a little haven of peace located at the side of Inle Lake!

My suggestion:
This peaceful village doesn't have much of interest to offer, and it's only by getting a little away from it that you get to discover a new side to Burma.
My review

Nyaung Shwe is a small village that serves as the starting point for tourists who want to visit Inle Lake during their trip to Burma. I spent three days there, which was enough to thoroughly explore the village.

The local inhabitants are easy to meet, and they'll be delighted to talk to you! I had a large range of local restaurants, massage salons and activities to choose from because the village is very (perhaps too?) touristy.

During my few days in Nyaung Shwe I went for cycle rides and hiked in the surrounding area, and I also discovered a French vineyard, the Red Mountain, where it's possible to sample good wines in breathtaking surroundings ... one of the best times I had there!

Lorette Vinet Seasoned Traveller
59 written opinions

At only a few kilometers north of Lake Inle, a visit to Nyaung Shwe or the 'Golden Banyan' is a must during yourtrip to Myanmar.

My suggestion:
If you go out at daybreak to eat breakfast in the colorful, perfume-filled market, make sure you then rent a bike and head to Kyaung Shwe Yaunghwe, a monastery with oval windows, where the young monks are happy to give you a personal guided tour!
My review

It was the lake that made me want to go there. I spent the whole day touring, in a little motor boat, firstly to the market, filled with regional and ethnic products, where drapes, jewelry and lotus silk are made. When our guide realised that we were not planning on buying anything, he steered us towards a collection of temples, where we lost ourselves in a labyrinth of floating gardens.

One thing you need to know about Nyaung Shwe, is that you are going to eat well. I think that this is where I ate the tastiest vegetables in my life. Huge avocados! And sweet too! And to be eaten for breakfast!! Real tomatoes and peanut sauce used to season the dishes. I love food - and I had the time of my life.

And I followed this with a three-day, two-night visit to the east of Inle, where I stayed (and again ate delicious food) at a local resident's home.

The only thing I regret is that I didn't stay longer at Nyaung Shwe. Even a week wouldn't have been enough!

Virginie Bigeni Seasoned Traveller
49 written opinions

Nyaung Shwe is a town and tourist destination on the shores of Lake Inle. It's the point of departure for your trips in its magnificent surroundings.

My suggestion:
Even if the town is tourist-heavy and the restaurants and hotels are adapting accordingly, hire a bike and go for a ride. Some districts are still home to typical scenes of life.
My review

First and foremost, Nyaung Shwe is, and will always be, the departure point of your tour of the Inle Lake. It is easily accessible, whether by bus or plane, and the town is developing at breakneck speed.

That said, if you get the time, rent a bike and explore the quiet little districts, off the beaten track — always a worthwhile experience. From the children who look after the water buffalo, to the female monks going out holding their pink umbrella, to the smiles of those you pass in the street... Yes, such scenes of life may be common all over Burma, but isn't it lovely to do so in a tourist-friendly location? This is truly a trip to enjoy.

If you're a wine connoisseur, there is a nearby wine-growing estate, also accessible by bike.

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