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 capitals, the Inle Lake with its rotating markets, the vast Bagan plain with its hundreds of temples and more than sixty ethnic groups will make your trip unforgettable.
1° Day: YANGON
2° Day: YANGON – KINPUM – MT. KYAIKIYO (GOLDEN ROCK)
3° Day: GOLDEN ROCK – BAGO (night bus to Mandalay)
4° Day: BAGO – MANDALAY
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)
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 during the dry season, when temperatures are relatively bearable. 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, but, despite that, is still possible to visit the central region (Mandalay/Bagan) since it is more sheltered from the monsoon while the coasts are not recommended because they 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 so easy to reach the small villages with local transports. 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 the 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 itself and the countryside with local agencies or using web platforms as GetYourGuide and Viator. They offer a wide range of tours and activities (also private transfers) arranged with the local tour operators with affordable prices and deals.
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
The travel insurance is always very important, and you’ll never know what could happen. We made it with World Nomads.
Read our article about why travel insurance is essential clicking here.
10. Guide book
Our favourite guide book is always the Lonely Planet.