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Pindaya is a small, quiet town perched on the bank of the placid Botoloke Lake. Remote, sleepy and without anywehere near the number of tourists nearby Inle Lake and Kalaw attract, it makes for a alternative pleasant overnight stop.

Most justify a night here because it is a starting point (or end point) of a point to point trek through the local countryside and / or to visit Pindaya Cave, which contains thousands of Buddha images in the nooks and crannies of its huge cavern. Also in the region are several monastery compounds with numerous pagodas and temples in different stages of dilapidation, each much respected by ethnic groups as the Shans, Danus and Pa-Os living in the environs.

If your timing is right, there is also an itinerant market every fifth day.

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