Bagan to Inle Lake Ground Transportation
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Jun 9, 2010 7:19 AM Last Post By: montyman
Mar 14, 2010 5:59 AM
Bagan to Inle Lake Ground TransportationMy four friends and I are getting set for our trip to Myanmar. There only remains one questions, how to get to Bagan to Inle Lake. To save some money, we're skipping the flight and spending a day taking ground transportation.
Obviously there is the bus for about $10 each (or so I've read), but the approximately 13 hours has us looking for other options. I also realize that there is shared taxis which cuts the time almost in half at about $100 one way. However, I've also read that these vehicles may not be able to accommodate five people due to a lack of truck space for five bags let alone actual room in the car. I suppose we could get two taxis and it would still be cheaper than flying, but it seems like a waste not to travel together.
What I really need is someone who has an a/c van that can do the run. My tour company did suggest they could find someone, but we would have to pay for the driver's stay in Inle Lake and the time and petrol to send him back to Bagan. The asking price was again out of our range.
Does anyone have a contact in Bagan who can help us out?
Mar 14, 2010 6:02 AM
1the bus leaves around 5am arrioves junction shweaung at around 3pm local pick up from there to town. Avoid the taxis as they take you to your GH and then charge the GH for bring you to them as if they have made the recommendation.
great scenery best seen from height of bus.
The GH in Bagan will arrange for it to collect you from the guest house
Mar 14, 2010 8:00 AM
2Don't worry about it, now. I have only flown so I can not help you specifically but just ask around when you are in Bagan, something suitable will turn up.
Mar 14, 2010 8:10 AM
3My friends have made it clear they would like to avoid the bus unless there is no other option. We already have two internal flights and a third would break the bank. Taxis are within the budget if they save a significant amount of time.
Of course we will ask around in Bagan. But if someone can recommend a specific GH or someone who owns a van who can negotiate a price, the information would be appreciated.
Mar 14, 2010 4:14 PM
4I have made this trip several ways. It is true the airfare is cheaper due to high fuel & upkeep costs. You can try Golden Express travel in Yangon. They support a decent fleet of cars, mini buses & buses. By car however you can enjoy twisted mostly passable roads through dust covered villages. There awaits beautiful vistas, patchwork quilted mustard & rice fields, exploring the Shan Countryside & take the time to meet kindly farmers truly of this Earth
Looking forward to my next go round
Mar 14, 2010 7:54 PM
Mar 14, 2010 11:08 PM
7The bus is an invaluable experience in itself, unless you are all members of an RFU team then it might even be more fun lol
If you do end up taking the bsu then book it as soon as you arrive in bagan walk or cycle towards shwezigon pagaoda and bus station is on right.
As already said they wil pick you up from your GH
Mar 15, 2010 3:13 AM
8Yes, there's some big boys on this trip. We were pretty tight in an Ambassador cab in India when there was four of us. Now that there's five, we're hoping there's a more comfy option. The drive itself sounds nice. But we're a little spoiled and could use some leg room.
I will try the email address.
Mar 17, 2010 4:39 AM
9we drove in share taxi but made sure we got a van- the car driver had a brother etc with a van. You can ask around, someone will find a van that you can all fit into- 1 in front and enough space easily for 4 adults and bag in the back, we paid about $120 for the van.
I can probably find his mobile number if you want. His english was good he also stopped when we wanted- we had kids and so wanted to break the journey up a bit. Car/van also allows you to visit mt popa on the way.
Monty man does manage to make the bus sound exciting, I would try that next time.
Mar 17, 2010 4:43 AM
10I've put my time in buses across five continents. It's still my preference when travelling solo, but when a group might as well upgrade.
$120 sounds great as the estimate a got from one operator was $290! Did your van have a/c? That was the big selling point of this one. We already have a day trip to Mt. Popa planned, but lunch in Kalow would be fantastic.
If you have a mobile number, that would be great. I think it would be best to wait until we're in the country and see what we can find.
Mar 18, 2010 1:41 AM
11I met someone who took the bus as far as Kalaw and he said it was horrendous. It was a small bus (do they vary the bus depending on demand?) and he said he was was really packed in (he was a bit fat I suppose). I was pretty fed up because I was trying to tell him about how hard it was cycling up to Kalaw from Khazi. It was ME who wanted the sympathy, not some whinging backpacker!!.
Aircon minibus, 5 up for $120, sounds a good deal to me.
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