Our Myanmar itinerary
Discovering one of the most beautiful countries of Asia still untouched by mass tourism, rich in spirituality and always smiling people. Sacred places, ancient royal cities, the wonderful scenery of the Inle Lake with its rotating markets, the vast Bagan plain with hundreds of temples and more than sixty ethnic groups will make your trip unforgettable. We spent 2 weeks in Myanmar visiting the most important attractions using public and private transfers. In our opinion, the places you do not have to miss are the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the Inle Lake – a real gem of Myanmar -, the ancient Bagan plain with its fantastic temples, and the former royal capital Mandalay. The Golden Rock is usually not included in the tour, but we recommend not to miss it to live a mystical experience if you have time.
1° Day: YANGON
2° Day: YANGON – KINPUM – MT. KYAIKIYO (GOLDEN ROCK)
3° Day: GOLDEN ROCK – BAGO (night bus to Mandalay)
4° Day: BAGO – MANDALAY
5° Day: MANDALAY – MINGUN – SAIGANG – MANDALAY (by boat)
6° Day: MANDALAY – AMARAPURA – INWA – U BEIN BRIDGE – MANDALAY (by taxi)
7° Day: MANDALAY – BOAT CRUISE (by slow boat)- NYAUNG U JETTY – BAGAN
8° Day: BAGAN (by motorbike)
9° Day: BAGAN – NYAUNG U MARKET – BAGAN (by motorbike)
10° Day: BAGAN – MOUNT POPA – KALAW (by taxi)
11° Day: KALAW (trekking with a local guide)
12° Day: KALAW – PWE LA (5 days market) – PINDAYA (caves) – NYAUNG SHWE/INLE LAKE (by taxi)
13° Day: NYAUNG SHWE – HAM SEE – KAKKU – NYAUNG SHWE (tour with a local agency)
14° Day: NYAUNG SHWE – INLE LAKE – NYAUNG SHWE (by boat)
15° Day: NYAUNG SHWE – YANGON (by night bus)
16° Day: YANGON
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2. Traveller’s health
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3. When to go
The best time to visit most of Myanmar is from November to February when temperatures are relatively bearable during the dry season. The worst time to visit the central regions of Myanmar is during March, April and May, as temperatures can rise to over 40°C. The rainy season is from June to October. However, it is still possible to visit the central region (Mandalay/Bagan) since it is more sheltered from the monsoon. At the same time, the coasts are not recommended because they are not recommended to receive torrential rains.
4. Means of transport
Taxi, tuk-tuk, boat, bus and train. Remember to haggle the price when you catch a taxi or a tuk-tuk. We often moved by taxi because it’s not easy to reach small villages with local transport. It takes time, and if you don’t stay longer in the country, you have to optimise your trip. If you want to move between the major city, you can take the bus.
You can check on 12go.asia.com and book your ticket to reach Inle Lake or other Myanmar destinations.
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5. Local Guide and tour agencies
The easiest way is to book a tour with a local agency choosing the places and spots you like to visit. You can try to arrange your trip with Teo Myanmar, Silk Road to Asia Travels e Tours, Myanmar Tour or the Mighty Myanmar tour. Alternatively, if you are looking for an experienced local guide that can lead you around stunning Myanmar, we suggest contacting Miss Htay Htay Myint (FB: Htay Htay Myint-Titty).
6. Activities and tours through web platforms
Once in a city, you can arrange your visit to the town and the countryside with local agencies or use web platforms like GetYourGuide.com and Viator.com. They offer a wide range of tours and activities (also private transfers) arranged with the local tour operators with affordable prices and deals.
Medium range; average expense for a double room 20 US dollars. We booked part of our with Booking.com. Alternatively, you can try Agoda.com or Hotels.com.
8. Local Food
The local food is delicious (one of our favourite dishes was noodles topped with deep-fried crispy garnishes), and you’ll always find a wide range of restaurants.
9. Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is always essential, and you’ll never know what could happen. We took it out with World Nomads.com.
Please read our article about why travel insurance is essential by clicking here.