Myanmar getaway – day 5. Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe)

Flew in from Bagan today to Heho airport, another small airport, got sorted using the stickers as mentioned in the previous post. few interesting points…

  • boarding passes were un-named, and no seats were allocated. free seating option! this was a first for me at least!
  • AirKBZ 248 we were on does a circuit route Yangon-Bagan-Heho-Yangon…   you are visiting and you want to fly to these destinations might be a good route to take as it helps avoid multiple hops most flights here have. but i’m sure there’s other alternatives.. air KBZ was what we chose.
  • the entrance zone ticket costs USD10  or EUR 10… which isn’t exactly the same exchange rate, but not too far off.. pay with whatever makes you happy.. this ticket is purchased on the way to inle at a checkpoint…

we are staying in Nyaung Shwe, a tiny township north of inle lake, it feels primary like a guest house town with tons of guesthouses/hotels and a bunch of restaurants around… but feels a bit more remote than bagan even..

this time we chose to rent proper bikes and explore…  tip.. get a mountain bike with the gear switching ability, its amazing how useful it is under the changing conditions of the road, you will be glad you did.

the town is small, surrounded by canals of water and paddyfields… which contribute to a great panoramic view. the bike ride was breathtaking as we crossed paddyfields, into tiny villages, and through the bamboo plantations… totally worth the physical effort.

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the rain was unexpected for us at least, bagan was having such a dry and hot weather…. we were unprepared.

but the kindness of the locals was amazing, twice we were stranded in the rain and both times we were invited into the homes of the locals to get out of the rain and they tried to make conversation as much as they could, offered us tea.. to complete strangers from a foriegn land… and to be honest i’ve been seeing this trend everywhere here.. its people are just so friendly and genuinely curious.

Food

food today was interesting. lunch was at a small italian sorta place called the star flower, surprisingly they did have their own wood fired oven for pizzas and fresh basil growing outside. they even showed us their oven with a lot of pride. the pizza’s were good! specially the one with the fresh pesto… and their milkshakes and lassi was pretty darn good too.. creamy and full of flavour.

for dinner we went to another lonely planet recommended local food place called the Lin Htet…  had a mix of local curries and rice with the accompaniments that come along with a traditional meal such as soups, anchovies, pickles etc… kinda reminds me of a thali meal from india.. as far as the concept goes. food is good here and the price is reasonable too.. under USD 3 for a full meal without drinks. looks like the LP recommendation is working, whole bunch of backpackers/foreigners show up here.

Tomorrow is the day for the lake 🙂 ..

Related : Day 4 – Bagan :https://noodlydoodly.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/myanmar-getaway-day-4-bagan-exploration/#post-107849973

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ROL new packages 1mpbs / 2mbps… thoughts!

I recently signed up for the new 1mbps limited package offered by ROL. this package will set you back 950/- per month and gives an allowance of 60GB international traffic… they also offer a 2mbps package with 80GB international allowance for 1450/-. oh yeah.. it works over your cable modem.. fiber not required.

I’ve been testing it for a bit an i’m really impressed with the package… 

Previously i was on their home Mega Pipe 1M home package which is basically a 1mbps unlimited package for 1200/-. now this package usually gave me around 80% of the promised bandwidth most of the time which isnt really bad for a shared connection… but what made me switch, especially with the limited allowances ?

  1. I’ve been told this package has a contention of 1:2 which although basically means i usually get the promised speeds almost all the time. and in my testing it has never gone below 1mbps.
  2. Local bandwidth is free, and by local i mean ROL and by ROL i mean video2home. it’s not counted against the package quota and if you do use it.. well that’s great news for you. sorry.. dhiraagu traffic is still considered international traffic (where’s the darn interconnect??)
  3. My imagination or just feel latency is better… 110ms to google.. but for most sites i get around 200-320 i’m undecided on this one.
  4. The kicker… it bursts… all the way to 2mbps down… i’m assuming the extra 1mbps isn’t guaranteed by any means but i do get it consistently for now and im also assuming its kinda gonna be consistent at least for video2home. this is HUGE considering that you are getting more bandwidth which is always good! one can never have enough bandwidth.

i do monitor my internet connectivity, and so i know i burn through 50-70 gigs a month including any video2home. so i will be able to get away with 60 gigs of international bandwidth. i know there are higher speed packages out there but the allowances on those are so flimsy… this seemed to be a good deal. Dhiraagu’s 50GB and 75GB package does not include video2home and goodness of bursty-ness…

Although as of today they have a strange policy for these packages when u reach the limit.. they apparently disconnect you for the rest of the month??? for now they don’t even offer the option of topping up or squeezing ur pipe like dhiraagu does… strange…. if you are the type to accidentally go over your limit i’d advice you to hold off upgrading till they figure something out for that problem.. which is in my opinion a major issue for most ppl. as they wont login to dashboard that often.. 

Dear ROL, why not just squeeze to 128kbps or 64kbps till end of the month? i’m sure it would be better than a customer getting pissed that they can’t even pay their way to connectivity?

But hey…since the package is still not announced publicly they might even do something about it before they announce it properly.. i would suggest they do so… it’s gonna be a question on everyone’s mind.. but if you really want it now you can sign up for it at their counters…but be aware of this… or ask.. if it has changed?

to the test stuff.. keep in mind.. this is just my experience.. not a controlled environment and not a benchmark.. just plain old daadi’s thoughts…

Speedtestrol

Speedtest.net to ROL Servers

Speedtestuk

Speedtest.net to a UK Server

Video2home

Video2home.net download speeds

Youtube

youtube 720p and 480p tests… 480p has no issues can stream without any hiccups… 720p does stutter occasionally so buffering is required.

As you can see it does perform consistently as promised.. and more… if it’s worth for you?.. i can’t tell you that 🙂

UPDATE: 10/03
apperantly you can buy extra allowance if you exceed your limits… multiple blocks from 2GB all the way upto 50GB.. that makes so much more sense.