Nyaungshwe, Myanmar

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What to See

5 Day Rotating Market

Nyaungshwe Market
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Nyaungshwe Market

Nyaungshwe hosts the five day rotating market one day out of the week, so try to figure out what day that is. On market day, the Mingalar Market overflows out of its boundaries to accommodate vendors from nearby villages. Bring your camera as you'll want to see fish so fresh they're still breathing, catch nuns chanting for their alm, and hear locals arguing over the freshness of a kumquat.

What to Do

Biking

Biking the East Side of the Lake
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Biking the East Side of the Lake

The lake is too huge to cycle all the way around so you'll have to pick your spots. Hot springs are on the west and on the east, there is the winery and at least one village you should check out. We really enjoyed Mein Thauk village, about an hour and a half bike ride from Nyaungshwe. From the main road, walk across the bridge and hire a boatman to take you around. A 30-min ride (3,000 kyat) is just enough time to examine your boatman's Intha leg-rowing technique and to see how locals here live, work, and socialize. Fascinating! Keep in mind that you can only get around the village by boat so leave your bike on the mainland.

Where to Stay

Central

Where to Stay in Nyaungshwe
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Where to Stay in Nyaungshwe

East of Mingalar Market, you will find a concentration of hotels and guesthouses. We stayed at the Golden Empress on Phaung Taw Pyan St only one night but really enjoyed our stay there. The manager and staff go way out of their way for you, and the breakfast is quite good. We stayed in the "emergency room," which sounds like a closet but is actually alright, for 21,250 kyat ($25) a night for two people. If you want a really local feel, stay at Joy Hotel on Jetty Road. We somehow lucked out and got the big perm room, a standalone room on the third floor with fantastic views of the canal below. In the morning, you can listen to the lively sounds of vendors bringing their goods to market. We loved it here! Make sure to ask for the VIP room on the third floor which runs for 17,000 kyat ($20) a night for two people.