Inle Lake is located in central Myanmar, surrounded by hills and mountains. It is the largest Lake in Myanmar and also the most popular tourist destination. Nyaung Shwe is the village on the edge on Inle Lake, where Nyaung Shwe Canal is the main artery to commute for the people who live and work in the villages around the lake, as well as the tourists who are visiting here.
I often spent weeks at a time here in Nyaung Shwe. It’s an old charming village where all different types of folks live and work here, and many are cater to the tourist industry. The Village is growing very rapidly due to the massive amount of tourists who visit here every year. Cost of living is still relatively inexpensive here compare to Bagan or Yangon. However, if you are a tourist, expect to pay Myanmar's tourist tax before enter Nyaung Shwe the same way you do before entering Bagan.
People are very interesting here in this part of Myanmar. One would expect to see the locals people, a few different tribes of the mountain people, and foreigners in the same little village. Burmese are very nice and courteous. The traditional Burmese cuisine here is very good. Chan noodles is famous here as well as Mohinga (Burmese favorite noodle dish). There are many bars and restaurants all over the village, and many hotels and hostels for any bugets.
I like spending time here. I enjoyed the people and good times with friends here. The village is laid back, and very easy to get around. I like to walk around the village to see how people live and spend their days, or having a beer or two and a locals cafe, or having lunch and people watch. One of my favorite thing to do is going out to Inle Lake early in the morning to watch the Sunrise or Sunset in the evening. You can spend an entire day visiting the temples, and the local gift stores in the stilt homes on the lake or you can have lunch or dinner there. One of the most popular place is at the local market where the people from around the lake would bring the fresh produce and all kinds of goods to sell.
These are images from my visit in Nyaung Shwe and Inle Lake from 2015 and 2016.