The capital of Shan State, Taunggyi is a wonderful gateway to the region, especially to Inle Lake, and you'll find many of the best places to stay in Taunggyi actually sit just outside the city.
Taunggyi is known for its wonderful fire balloon festival, held at the beginning of November, and during which vast paper hot air balloons in the shape of animals hover in the air over the city. In the evenings the balloons carry treats and fireworks as well, so it can get pretty interesting.
On a non-festival day Taunggyi is a big, mountaintop market town, known for its tea and Thai and Chinese goods.
An idyllic, off-the-beaten-track hideaway on Myanmar’s first vineyard, not far from Inle Lake. This is a wonderful place to relax, eat and drink.
Taunggyi (Taunggyi, Shan)
A beautiful boutique hotel on the banks of picturesque Inle Lake. Secluded, peaceful, at one with nature yet utterly spoiling in every way. Great for romantics and nature lovers.