Wah Gyi Myaung Village Monastery,
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A thrilling way to catch a glimpse of life and culture in this fascinating rural region is to trek through the tribal villages and stay either in the local homes or at monasteries along the way.
Perched up on the highest peak in the Inle region at an elevation of 1,600 metres, Wah Gyi Myaung is a Pa-O village and a home to the Taung Yoe tribe. They are mostly farmers but are also well-known for their handicrafts, in particular, quintessential bamboo mattresses. A climb up to Wah Gyi Myaung is a fabulous destination on a custom-made tribal village trek through Kalaw and surroundings, and very easy to combine with a visit to Lake Inle.
You won’t forget your stay at the local monastery. Although the facilities are shared and the accommodation is basic and sparse, the atmosphere is quite incredible. It is truly fascinating to observe the monks go about their daily rituals and to marvel at the natural surroundings. Forget your luxury expectations for 24 hours and sleep in a much more unusual setting instead.
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All guides were very good, spoke good English and were very knowledgeable. The logistics all worked extremely well: drivers, boatmen etc all did a very good job. We also found that the guides were happy to talk to us on a wide range of issues, including politics!