First stop was Pindaya Caves after a short flight. It was a 2 hour drive from the airport on a small, dusty & bumpy road. Pindaya Caves - houses over 4,000 Buddha images. You can "sponsor" one of your own so there were Buddhas of every size. I soon learned that people can "sponsor" just about anything. Monestary meals for monks, temple upkeep, etc.
My hotel, Inle Lake View Resort was incredible! A remote paradise with only about 34 rooms. The staff were absolutely outstanding and genuine. Loved my room with a view of the lake. The food was delicious and they have their own organic garden growing lettuce and vegetables. A one hour foot massage set me back $20.