Where We Slept is our hotel roundup from our time on the road. We hope it helps budget travelers see how far their dollar can go--even though sometimes, it's not far enough!
Biggest tip for Inle Lake lodging: have lots of patience or book ahead. I called 20 places from our guesthouse in Kalaw. The 20th had availability in our price range, while the 10th had a room for 4x what Lonely Planet quoted.
We ended up staying at the Good Will Hotel, a decent place with a leaky toilet, a bathroom big enough for our trek laundry, a nice veranda, and a breakfast that's been the worst so far (pretty much eggs, which meant nada for Lina). We paid $35/night for the first two nights. The third night I negotiated down to $30. All comparable places seemed to be the same price. The least we heard was $25/night for a double.
Inle Lake was 100% worth it though, so just book ahead if you can and enjoy it!
More Inle Lake
It took Rob a long long time to narrow down from the 2,000 photos he took around Inle Lake, so be sure to check out our Inle Lake photo tour. Interested in more of the nitty gritty? Check out our tips for backpacking in Inle Lake.
Have any tips for budget travel in Inle Lake? Leave them in the comments!