Our review of the Paradise Inle Resort Hotel on Inle Lake in Myanmar.
Name: Paradise Inle Resort, Inle Lake Myanmar.
Address: Mine Thauk Village, Inle Lake, Nyaung Shwe Township, Southern Shan State, Myanmar
Contact Details: Telephone: +95 81 333 4009
Email: [email protected]
Website: KMA Hotels Paradise Hotel Inle Lake
Date of Stay: 4th December – 8th December, 2013 4 nights
Booked through: Agoda
Why we went there?
Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s biggest attractions, was high on our agenda for our travel throughout Myanmar. We wanted to experience a stay on the lake in one of the traditional floating houses and wanted to see the one legged fishermen and their dancing ways catching fish. There were also numerous villages to visit around the lake. On our wish list was a visit to the local Myanmar winery – Red Mountain to taste their famous wines.
Why we chose it?
We chose the Paradise Inle Resort Hotel as it had good reviews on Tripadvisor and Agoda and it offered a double bed with ensuite accommodation in traditional houses floating on the lake. Breakfast was included as well as Wi-Fi. It was within budget.
Travellers Tip: book in advance for the lake especially in high season
What was it like?
We arrived via overnight bus into Taunggyi, a little further than we should have, at 5am in the morning. We should have gotten off at a previous stop where other travelers got off, but it looked in the middle of nowhere to us at that hour of the morning so we stayed on the bus. After several phone calls and help by many locals and the crew on the bus we travelled by taxi to Nyaung Shwe, the entry point to the lake.
There is a foreign tourist tax to be paid US10 per person at the entrance to the Inle Lake sanctuary and region. We had not booked any long boat transfers to the hotel; the staff at the entrance booth assisted us in locating a local to take us the 30 minute journey.
After waiting 45 minutes the long tail boat whisked us away at sunrise. It was rather unique pulling up in front of your hotel in a long tail boat. We had a lovely warm welcome from all the staff. Luckily our room was ready available at six am in the morning, we dropped off our bags and headed to the restaurant for breakfast.
The double bedroom is a small bungalow situated over the lake, with an ensuite bathroom, overhead fan and a small balcony at front where you could sit and view the mountain range and the activities on the lake. The staff were all very friendly and helpful.
The restaurant where we had evening meals for the next four nights was a little expensive and the quality not as good as we had expected. Being on the lake had its limitations, long tail boats are unable to travel after dark, and so once you are on the resort you are stuck there for the evening which also means that you only have one venue for evening meals. The drinks were also expensive.
What was around it?
Nothing at all was around as you can imagine. You need long tail boats to transport you back to Nyaung Shwe where there are many restaurants, bars, banks, ATMs, mini markets and transport to the rest of Myanmar. The owner of the long tail boat that we used to take us to the hotel organized a full day tour on the lake the next day visiting the local markets, temples, silk and lotus weaving, tobacco making, the famous Jumping Cat Monastery and lunch. A visit to the Red Mountain Winery is also a must for the view, wines and food.
Would we return?
Yes. We would return but do it differently, 2 nights on the lake and 2 nights in the township of Nyaung Shwe. We would also consider trekking into Inle Lake and spend time in homestays.
Cost? AUD70 per night
How was the Wi-Fi?
Wi-Fi was intermittent in the reception area.
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