Remember Inn Hotel
Nyaungshwe in the north of the Inle-Lake is the place to go for budget travellers. Don’t be fooled by the google Maps view, it is located directly at the lake. There we can recommend the Remember Inn Hotel. Simple but spacious rooms for 25 $ with breakfast. The breakfast is quite good for Myanmar standards and is served on the roof Terrace, the service staff is very friendly.
The cheapest Agency for bus tickets we found was the ZODIAC Agency in the main street, no bargaining was necessary (15 $ to Hsipaw). Also offers boat rides (18 $ Day Trip per boat), but you should make sure that the driver knows some english. Even better is to directly go to the “harbour” and find a decent english speaking driver yourself.
Food and Drinks:
Special Tip: Directly in Front of the Zodiac Agency is located a little local street food vendor. The Shan Noodles portions are giant and delicious for only 1000 Kyat. Excellent local Shan food, changing daily offers for local prices from a lovely owner/cook. She even personally mixed our special dense pumpkin soup for us with the pasta, because she was afraid we would not do it right and such not achieve the complete taste.