Train and transfer from Kalaw to Lake Inle, Kalaw Myanmar, Kalaw
Spend the morning wandering around the charming hill station of Kalaw before taking a train to Shwe Nyaung. Trains in Myanmar are basic and move slowly, but are a fantastic way to see the beautiful countryside and travel like the locals do. Then drive to the town of Nyaung Shwe, which is located on the edge of Lake Inle. Board a private local boat and cruise to your hotel, enjoying lunch on board.
My favourite [guide] was Aung in Mandalay. We only had him for one day, but he was determined to show us as much of Mandalay as possible in the time allotted, was obviously very proud of his city and country and was a pleasure to be with. He even took us to meet his uncle who was the Abbott of one of the many monasteries.