Route: Yangon – Bago – Kyaikhtiyo – Bago - Yangon
Going down south of Inle Lake brings you to a serene lake side village far from the normal tourists’ tracks. PhayaTaung village is a charming village on the lake side offering home to different tribes from the area as well as a huge monastery. The comfortable resort with just 6 bungalows on stilts is run by a friendly Pa O husband and wife team who set up this community based tourism project in this quiet part of the lake. Don’t expect souvenir shops or restaurants in this part of the lake. This short extension from Inle Lake is perfect for nature lovers who love to go off the beaten track and discover communities in this beautiful part of Shan state and our favourite part of the lake as described in the book “Children of the revolution” (www.inletrust.org.uk).
Day 1: NyaungShwe – PhayaTaung(-)
In the afternoon we will pick you up from your hotel in NyaungShwe and transfer by tuk-tuk to the bus station where we take a local bus to Phayartaung. And when we say local we really mean local. The bus is stopping at every village to let people or goods in an out and basically functions a bit like the local postman (for letters, packages or big bags of rice). Expect to be surrounded by colourful local villagers.
Optional: a private car transfer with a guide from NyaungShwe to Samkar, supplement + 38 USD/person
The bus will leave from NyaungShwe around 15:00 and will arrive to Phayartaung around 17:30. Upon arrival, walk to the hotel.
Overnight at the Inle Sanctuary, Lodge Room (3 star boutique hotel run on solar power)
Day 2: Samkar Lake and surroundings – by boat, tuktuk and on foot discovering the area (B,L,-)
Breakfast at the hotel.We start by boat for scenic ride of about 30 minutes to Nam Tok jetty where a local tuktuk is ready to show some of the local jobs typical for this area like making crackers or brewing a local wine. We continue on foot for a walk with fantastic views over the lake and visit a local Pa O family in Thamata village that has prepared a home cooked vegetarian lunch for us. As the communities around the lake rely on the 5 day rotating market and often don’t have modern storage facilities they generally only eat once every 5 days meat). After a rest and getting to know the Pa O people we continue on foot to Mo U jetty and go back to the hotel by boat. Total walking distance about 3 hours.
We wants to support local communities and therefore we decide to have the tour accompanied by local people who have limited English skills but love their area and will lead you though their community with pride.
Overnight at the Inle Sanctuary, Lodge Room
Day 3: PhayaTaung - Samkar – NyaungShwe by private boat (B,L)
Breakfast at the hotel.Around 08:00 explore with a local guide Phayartaung village life including the local monastery where a local monk is doing a remarkable job for the development of the region (read the book Children of the Revolution by Feroze Dada before you visit).
Around 10:30, meet with the guide and we visit the Samkar temples and village. We continue a private boat ride to visit Hmawbi temple ruins, pottery production in KyaukTaing, floating gardens, villages on stilts on the lake and other sights the lake is famous for. A packed lunch will be served during the visits.We arrive to the jetty in NyaungShwe at the end of the day.
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