I am stuck planning the part of my journey after Mandalay, and I have some questions I hope you can answer!
1. What is the best way to get from Mandalay to Thazi?
I want to leave Mandalay the latest possible. Then I plan to stay a night in Thazi because I really want to catch the slow train to Kalaw.
I have heard that the best part of the train journey is to Kalaw, and that I can catch a bus from there to Inle Lake and that it will be faster than staying in the train.
2. Does anyone know how long the bus from Kalaw to Inle Lake takes approx? And when it leaves?
I have to catch the 17:56 train in Thazi to Yangon (arrival 6:30am).
3. What is the best way to get from Inle Lake to Thazi in time to get that train?
Thank you in advance for your help, I hope someone has some answers to these questions! It's my first time travelling alone and planning Burma has proven to be quite challenging for a beginner.
Also, does anyone know if these timetables are still up to date?
http://www.seat61.com/Burma.htm#Yangon or Mandalay to Inle Lake
Finally, is there a good bus between Bagan and Inle Lake now? I've heard of one bus which many have described as the most excruciating bus ride of their lives, but I read in one blog dated Oct 2011 that a new company is offering more comfortable buses for this route. The company is called Ever Sky o something similar. -- has anyone taken this bus ?