If you have visited Bagan then a natural next stop is to travel on to the town of Nyaung Shwe which is most visited as the way to get to the nearby Inle Lake. Using Nyaung Shwe as a base, you can then go on a lake tour which will take a full day to complete and although it is a rather touristy experience now it is still a great one.
Inle Lake is the second largest in the whole of Myanmar and has gorgeous little floating villages and gardens and one of the local quirks here is that the fisherman are known for rowing with their legs rather than using oars. It may seem like an effort to get here, but it is also one of the most beautiful sights in Myanmar, so make sure you don’t miss it. Tours can be arranged through a few different companies and are varying lengths so shop around and choose one that you think has the most points of interest for you. All of them will be timed to make sure that you are here at sunset when the views across the lake with the red sun reflected on the water are breathtaking.
Inle Lake is an easy stop if you have worked your way from Bagan to Kalaw and then on to Nyaung Shwe, so if you are already on a tour of the country this is one place to not miss off the list. The tour companies around the lake have become more organized and prices have risen in recent years, but this is still a spectacle to easily rival floating villages and markets in other places in Southeast Asia like Vietnam or Thailand, and touring it at sunset could well be the highlight of your trip to Myanmar.