Cooler mountain town
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One hell of an uncomfortable 16 hour bus journey later, we arrived in the small town of Kalaw, at 3am! Luckily for us a chap spoke English and took us to a hostel, trying to sell himself to us as a trekking guide (yes at 3am). The guesthouse was lovely and it was so nice to get into bed and lie straight after being in such an uncomfortable, back-breaking position on that bus!
After half a night's sleep and a wonderful breakfast, we went out into the small town of Kalaw to explore, having a look around the local produce market and taking in the cooler mountain air. The people were so friendly, everyone saying hello to us and kids waving. This was to become the norm in Myanmar.
As we didn't get a good vibe from the guide that had met us off the bus in the middle of the night, we went on the search for other guides to see what the deal was. We found one chap, Mr Aung, and we were welcomed into his home by his wife. Mr Aung described his trek to us, which was a different route to the other guides. Mr Aung was a teacher at some of the local schools in the area for years and so we decided to go with him as we felt he would know the people and the area well. His english was also very good and we prefered his route to the other guides we had spoken to, who all took the same route. We signed up for the 3 day trek to Inle Lake, starting the next day. It cost US$10 per day each plus K13,000 for the boat at Inle Lake on the 3rd day.
We ate at Sam's restaurant in Kalaw, it was just gorgeous amazing food, insanely cheap and the staff and service was brilliant! We also tried the Lonely Planet's fav, Everest Nepali restaurant, but we were disappointed with the food, the prices and the service was ridiculous! Go to Sam's instead, much much better!!!