The second day we spent by Inle Lake was absolutely perfect. We stayed at this place and had a luxurious breakfast. If you go to Myanmar always try burmese breakfast, we had Mohinga, one of the national dishes, many times when we were there and it was never disappointing. When you plan your trip to Inle Lake book in advance your accommodation, we really struggled to find a place where to stay and we heard that other tourists had the same experience. After breakfast full of energy, or better simply full, we took our bicycles and we rode toward Kaung Daling, famous for its hot spring. The road was beautiful and crazy, very smooth at the beginning but then suddenly rocky and rising (it is a good 5 miles, 8 km). When we reached Kaung Daling we were exausted and we really enjoyed the hot spring. This spa is recommended by Lonely Planet as well so people are interested to go there but when they see that it is in fact a real spa with pools (they give you robes and shampoo…full treatment!) they are probably disappointed. They expect something wilder from Myanmar..we were happy with what we found! We also had a little discount because we were the first customers that day.
Happy and restored we took our bicycle again and we crossed the lake by boat. It was fun to put the bicycles in the boat and for few Kyat we enjoyed again the show of the fishermen and the reflections on the water.
When we arrived on the other side of the lake at Maing Thaouk it was lunch time and we stopped in a small restaurant along the main road called Maing Thouk Image. We fell in love with that tiny place. The tomatoes salad with peanuts was delicious and we came back also the day after.
Once again we were on the road (again 5 miles 8 km to Nyangswe) and on the way back home we stopped to visit a Monastery, one of the few not hit by tourists, it is not on the map so I cannot recall the name. It is on your left on the way back to Nyangshwe, you cannot miss it, it is a very big one. The young monks were studying but as usual they were very friendly and they welcome us to visit the Monastery. It was such a special experience to spend some time with the young monks and play with them. One of the best we had in Myanmar.
We finished the day with a glass of wine at the Red Mountain Estate. Wine in Myanmar? Yes it is possible. Be careful…the rise at the vineyard is tough, it killed my breath and my legs but it is worth it: the view of the lake at the sunset is stunning and the wine is good.