We reluctantly left Bagan today and made our way by car through plains and the Shan mountains to the town of Nyaung Shwe. We actually stayed about a 15 minute drive from the town and the jetty in a very nice colonial style hotel near the town of Shwe Nyaung. As has been the case so far in Myanmar, the staff were over the top friendly and helpful and within 5 minutes after checking in we had our next day planned to tour the lake, villages, monasteries and ancient pagodas all dotted around the second largest lake in Myanmar. The Shan Mountains shadow the lake and reach a height of 2,000 metres and offers a beautiful contrast to the views on the lake. Tomorrow we’ll leave the hotel early and spend the day on the lake. Before departing Bagan we set up a plan and arranged transport for our next 5 days of exploring Shan State. The map below shows our intended route.