The solid infrastructure, proximity to the airport (Heho) and great location on a wide branch of the lake make Nyaung Shwe the ideal starting point to discover the region. The area is modest and is preparing ever more for an increase in tourism. Hotels, restaurants and bars are already making a visual impact on some of the streets. The local market entices with displays full of fruit, vegetables, rice, spices and self-rolled cigarettes. A local speciality is a tofu salad, made with chilli, coriander and sesame oil. On market days, a bustle of long boats reign, accumulating on the small canal. Nyaung Shwe is a good starting point for boat tours across Inle Lake. You should start such a tour early in the morning and dress warmly, as it is cold and the wind can be rather chilly.