Inle Lake is considered one of Myanmar's top tourist sights and the increasingly popular trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake is the best way of getting to the lake's edge. This is a part guide and part personal experience of the trek and my time in Nyaung Shwe at Inle Lake.
Mandalay was the perfect entry point and introduction to Myanmar. It’s much quieter and more laid back than Yangon, despite it being the second biggest city in the country, and the people are extremely welcoming and eager to practice their English with you (as I would soon find it).
After dismissing the northwest of India because of the cold and snow at this time of year, I decided to explore the northeast instead. It wasn’t just the slightly better weather that appealed to me though, it was also the fact that it is the most underexplored area in India and government restrictions on foreign travellers still remain. My first state in the Northeast was Sikkim, one of the least populated states in India and famous for being home to the third tallest mountain in the world.