There are two way to reach Kalaw from Inle Lake. You can take a combination of pick ups and buses, or you can hike it. It takes two days on foot or about 3 to 4 hours by road. We decided to take roads since we were going to do a two day hike in Kalaw. It was probably a mistake. Getting out of where we were staying by Inle Lake turned out to be pretty hassle free. A taxi driver going to the airport dropped us off to the junction where we could get a bus. From there, we waited for a bus (any bus!) to take us West. Some other travelers were telling the folks we waited with that it could take up to 6 hours until the bus came (!). It took us about 30 minutes. We got on a Japanese bus from the 80's which took us about an hour West to another city where we had to grab a pick up. We got in about an hour before the sun set full of dust. We set up a 2 day hike around the region for the next day. The hike was really nice. On our way, we stopped at a beautiful rest stop for lunch. We had what I'd say (and Elise would agree) was the best guacamole I've had in recent memory. Our cook came from the fields below the restaurant with fresh produce to cook out meal with. It was amazing. Best meal I've had here up to now (and it was in the hills with no more than 10 people near us)! That night, we slept at a family's house. Since there was no electricity in the hills, we went to sleep quite early (after another delicious meal). At 3am, we were woken up by the family rooster. I don't know what his problem was, but it sounded like he was trotting outside the thin-walled house, cook-a-dooling his little heart out until sunrise. Like I said, good thing we went to bed early. We finished the early afternoon. Looking back, it would have been much better to have hiked from Inle Lake to Kalaw. While the loop we did was nice, hiking with a destination is a bit more rewarding. Tomorrow, we're taking the early bus to Bagan. We need to be at the bus stop at 6:30 and the bus take about 8 hours. I'm sure that'll be a great and comfortable trip. Bagan apparently has thousands of pagodas, some dating as far back as the 800s. We're a bit concerned about the heat though. We've been in the highlands for the last few days and it'll probably be hotter once we get back to sea level, though it should be cooler since we're a bit up north... We'll see.