The bus from Yangon deposited us at our destination in the dark and cold early hours when most people are still asleep.
Inle Lake is served by flights and buses from Yangon, Bagan, and Mandalay.
Burma is now Myanmar, Rangoon is Yangon, Prome is Pyay and Pegu is Bago.
Republic in Southeast Asia, now officially known as Myanmar, bordered by Bangladesh, India, and the Bay of Bengal to the west; China to the north and northeast; Laos and Thailand to the east; and the Andaman Sea to the south. Rangoon is its capital and largest city.
Note: Under British control until 1948, it then became an independent republic.
Note: During World War II, the Allies and Japanese troops fought intense campaigns over control of the Burma Road, a vital supply link between China and India.
Note: Run by its military in the 1970s and 1980s, Burma saw its economy decline. Free elections in 1990 were won by the main opposition party, but the military government refused to relinquish its powers.