From Kalaw; A seat in the mini van is around 10,000 K (March 2020) - the locals pay 5,500 K. You can probably get that price if you buy the ticket directly from the driver. As the journey starts in Kalaw, the risk that the mini van is full and you don't get a ticket on the morning of departure is probably not too high.
The mini van departs at 5 a.m., just outside Morning Star Café, from where you can also buy the ticket beforehand (which will cost you 10,000 K then).
The journey takes approximately 7 hours. The first stop is just outside Aungpan, where the van takes a 1.5 hour break, for mysterious reasons. It departs from there at 7 am. It's recommended to take the front seats for the view and to have a blanket and warm clothes as the driver may leave the door open. On the way the driver might ask if you're hungry and stop at a rice restaurant with view over south lake, but best to take a picnic as this is not guaranteed.
From Nyuangshwe (Inle Lake) Mini Van 2 times a day. Morning and midday (don't remember times, but about 8 am and 1 pm). 12000 Kyat. It takes about 6 hours and goes on Road 54 close to Kalaw, so might be possible to board the bus at the junction near Kalaw. You can find booking office for tickets at main street in Nyuangshwe (Yone Gyi St - in Google maps).
Most of the town can be covered on foot. Surrounding temples and villages are easy by bicycle if you are comfortable with traffic on busy roads. Alternatively tuktuk or taxi can be hired. Local buses travel the main road. Ticket prices are based on distance.
It is possible to rent a motorbike. Very friendly lady rents them on the other side of the road of Mingalar hotel. She also gives a lot of information with gps coordinates and also might be able to suggest a local guide for free who wants to practise English. WhatsApp +9595600125
Pan Pet Village- It is a 2 hour journey from Loikaw.You can see long-neck women and their living style in that village.You can also try their traditional food and wine.Walking around the village was good too. Besides,there are another tribes to visit in Kayah State.
Since it's Myanmar and a small town don't expect much open after 9.30pm or before 8am.
Cheap noodles 500K at a small ish shop just north from the wooden bridge on Highway 5.
Usual tea houses with fried food freshest early in the morning.
Small market with food stalls north of Shwe Thaung Monastery. Dumping stuffed with tofu and spring onions, 1200K good for two.
For the adventurous, visit the Myat Ni Lan Restaurant, north of town on Hwy 5, just past where the new airport is being built. It's nestled in between several beer stations on the west side of the road. Look for the trestled garden-like entrance as the sign (as well as the menu) is in Myanmar only. Ask a local, as its well known in Loikaw. Here you'll find lots of exotic meats like rabbit, snake, 'jungle chicken', bear and probably dog on occasion.
Now, there is a bar called Amazing which opened just a few months ago.You can enjoy different kinds of drinks and a good view.If u are lucky, u can even meet other backpackers.
If u want to get informations about Loikaw,u can add a friendly 16 yrs old boy called Nyan on facenbook or whatsapp.He can show u what to do in loikaw. He is really helpful,friendly and good guy. Facebook-William Nyan Linn
Whatsapp number- +959776523396
To Yangon goes to via Kalaw to Aung Mingalar station in Yangon. Cost 12800K (October 2015) to Yangon departs 12pm and 3pm. The route can be popular so best book in advance. The 3pm bus arrived at 7am in Yangon.
To Kalaw 9 am and 5 pm. Mini van. About 6 hour journey. Price 10000 Kyat (Jan 2019). Or a Mini van 10.30 (there should be more times available) going to Inle lake which can drop you of at junction near Kalaw 8000 Kyat. From Junction you can hire a moto-taxi to Kalaw for 2000 Kyat for 5 min ride.
To Inle Lake 10.30 am Mini van. 10000 Kyat.
Inle Lake you can take a local bus at 6:30 am to Pekhon (about 1 hour) for 2500 kyat. From there you can go by boat (leaves once a day at 9 am) to Nyaungshwe (Inle Lake) for 10000 kyat per person(They might ask you for more than 20000 kyat p.p, but it is just 10000 kyat). You will have to pay the Inle-Lake-Fee (12500 kyat) at the boat station. You will drive with locals and a lot of baggage to serveral villages and get a great view into the real life of Myanmar people. You will be on a longtail boat for almost 8 hours with no roof, so prepare yourself with a hat, sun protection, water and some snacks. They will make a toilet stop.