Myanmar Travel Guide

2 Week Itinerary For Myanmar (2024)

Check my 2 Week Myanmar Itinerary, Which includes the top things to do in Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan and Mandalay. Myanmar Backpacking and Nomad Guide.

A 14 Day Myanmar Itinerary

Yangon Train Station

Welcome to Myanmar, a country rich in culture, history, and natural beauty. Located in Southeast Asia, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is a land of ancient temples, golden pagodas, and stunning landscapes.

With its diverse ethnic groups and languages, Myanmar offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore a country that is still relatively undiscovered by tourism. From the bustling city of Yangon, to the tranquil waters of Inle Lake, to the ancient temples of Bagan, there is no shortage of incredible sights to see and experiences to be had.

In this travel guide, we’ll introduce you to some of the top destinations in Myanmar, provide tips for navigating the country’s culture and customs, and offer practical advice for planning your trip. So pack your bags and get ready to discover the wonders of Myanmar!

If you are wondering how long to spend in Myanmar, I suggest 2 weeks, 14 days, but if you are a quick traveller, it can be done in 10 days. See the perfect myanmar itinerary below

Cities To Visit

Your Route In Myanmar

  • Yangon (3 Days)
  • Bagan (3 Days)
  • Mandalay (3 Days)
  • Inle Lake (2 Days)
  • Kalaw (1 Day)
  • Yangon (2 Day)

Map Here

3 days in yangon

Yangon

On the day of arrival be sure you have all of your documents on hand. You may be asked to see your travel insurance, proof of exit and your Visa. The Immigration process was fairly quick, there are ATMS and money exchanges when you exit the airport.

 

Nomad Tips:

  • Only Convert $50 or take out that much to last for one day. Instead convert your US Dollars at a local exchange outside of the airport, or use western union.
  • Buy a Sim Card at the airport for ease of use

Day 1: Explore Yangon – Map

  1. Arrive in Yangon and check into your hotel
  2. Visit the Bogyoke Aung San Market for some local shopping
  3. Visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda, the best time is in the evening for sunset
  4. Head over to China town, and experience the street food and bustling nightlife

Day 2 : Yangon

  1. Visit the Sule Pagoda
  2. National Museum
  3. Enjoy Picnic at that one park: Kandawgyi Lake. OR eat at a mall before heading for a walk here from the national museum.
  4. Maha Wizaya Pagoda Entrance
  5. Shwedagon Pagoda: If you were not able to go the day before
  6. Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple
  7. Circular Train ( Last train is around X Time??, and you must take a taxi back into town)
  8. Explore

Day 3: Yangon To Bagan

Either fly or take the night bus to Bagan. I organized by transport with the help of my hostel. The night bus cost about 40,000 Kyat and picked me up around 5pm. The total time was around 11 hours. We were on the road from 10pm till midnight, then we stopped due to the curfer and kept going at around 4am.

  1. Explore
  2. Night Bus or Flight

Where To Stay?

Hood Hostel – Capsule style shared rooms, great privacy, and has attached restaurant. Train station, money exchange and restaurants within walking distance.

Getting To Bagan From Yangon

10 hour bus ride. You can take a bus at 7 am or 6:30pm. I reccomend the night bus. Check 12goasia for tickets.

Flights are also available.

Getting To Mandalay From Yangon

10 hour bus ride. I reccomend the night bus again.  Cost: $11 – $14 starting at 8 am and 12pm noon. Check 12goasia for tickets. 

Getting To Inle Lake From Yangon

Bus Schedule Coming Soon

3 days in Bagan

Digital Nomad In Myanmar

When entering the Bagan Archaeological Zone, you used to be required to pay a $20 entrance fee, to explore the area, but due to the political situation, that is no longer being collected. But this can change at any time. The area is very large so booking an ebike is the best way to get around, you can book an Ebike starting at 8000 kyat for the day. 

Nomad Tip:

Exchange currency in Yangon or Mandalay for better exchange rates as in Bagan it is impossible to find a good rate.

Day 4:  Bagan

  1. Checkout the sunrise and hot air balloons
  2. Check into Hotel and rent Ebike

Day 5: Bagan

Riding a hot airballon is one of the reasons people come to Bagan, while expensive, it is a unique experience. There are a few main operators, you can book on their sites, or ask your hotel or hostel for help. Be ready to wake up anytime between 3 – 5 am to make this happen.

  1. Hot air balloon ride
  2. Explore Temples

Day 6: Bagan To Mandalay

There are currently vans available in the early morning and afternoon that go to Manadalay, no evening options currently are avaliable.

  1. Take the day bus to Mandalay: 4 – 5 hours

Where To Stay?

OstelloBello Hostel –  Located in New Bagan, a great place to meet other travellers. An ebike rental place is right next door. They offer guides starting at 50,000 MMK. an arrange a transportation for a half day trip to Mount Popa which is a monastery situated on an impressive extinct volcano.
Return trip to Mount Popa by tuk tuk is 45,000 MMK and by car is 65,000 MMK. Sunset boat trips are available from Bupaya Jetty in Old Bagan. They currently start at 4:30 P.M. daily and cost 20,000 MMK for a private boat.

We are available to book via HostelWorld, Agoda, Expedia, Booking.com or directly by FB messanger or email: [email protected]

Getting To Mandalay From Bagan

Departing at 6,8,11,1am(every two hours one bus) Cost 25,000MMK and length 5 Hours. Book at 12go.asia

Getting To Yangon From Bagan

Departing at 7:30am or 5pm cost 25000MMK for NORMAL (2+2) bus. Length: 10 hours. Book at 12go.asia

Getting To Inle Lake From Bagan

Departing at 8:30 to 9am, arrived 5pm, Cost 35000MMK and length 8 hours. Book at 12go.asia

Getting To Kalaw From Bagan

The bus from Bagan to Kalaw takes around 8 hours.
There are two bus companies currently running buses from Bagan to Kalaw:
Htin Shoo Myo Taw – departure time is 8 AM and it costs 30,000 MMK. (If going to Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe) it costs 35,000 MMK)
Bagan Min Htar – departure time is 8:30 AM and it costs 30,000 MMK.

3 days in Mandalay

Mandalay

Day 7:  Mandalay 

You can check this Map for the main areas to check out in Mandalay. I suggest booking a tricycle from the street, an negotiate a day rate, to have them drive you for the full day. This is the best and cheapest way to see the main sights.

  1. Day Trip
    1. Mingun
    2. Sagain
    3. Ubein Bridge
    4. Mahamuni Buddha Temple
    5. Mya Thein Tan Pagoda
    6. Kuthodaw Pagoda
    7. Sandamuni Pagoda
  2. Night Market/Massage

Day 8: Mandalay 

Take it easy today, find a cute local coffe shop, then check the jade market. Then prepare for a 30 minute walk up countless steps in Mandalay Hill. Check online for the expected sunset time.

  1. Explore Coffee Shops
  2. Jade Market
  3. Mandalay Hill For Sunset

Day 9 – Mandalay To Inle Lake

  1. Take an early Bus to Inle Lake: 9 am. Takes 7 hours. : 30,000
  2. Pick up between 7:30 am- 8 and seat number 10.
  3. Arrive in the evening. Get dinner from the hostel and watch the Sunset

Where To Stay?

OstelloBello Hostel – Great location and staff, they have private and shared rooms, along with a rooftop bar and restaurant. Check their FB For More Information.

*They can arrange tours and drivers. For a driver around Mandalay, the usual fare is between 80,000MMK for Tuk Tuk and 120,000MMK for car. Depending on the duration and places the cost may vary.

 

Getting To Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe) From Mandalay

Minibus for 30,000MMK starting at 9am. Ride Length: 7 hours. Book at 12go.asia

Bus may stop at Shwe Nyaung 8:30AM, 5PM 35000MMK

Getting To Bagan From Mandalay

Minibus for 30,000MMK at 6am, 8am, 11am and 1pm. Ride Length: 5 hours. Book at 12go.asia

Getting To Yangon From Mandalay

Buses. Price is between 27,000 and 41,000MMK depending on 2+2 seating, or VIP bus with 2+1 or 1+1 seating. Departing at 8:30am, 9:30am and arriving at night, or Night Bus Option: 6:30pm,7:30pm and arriving at 7 to 8AM.  Ride Length: 10 hours. Book at 12go.asia

2 days in Inle Lake

InleLake

Most people don’t actual stay at the lake unless you prefer resorts. You will instead be staying in the town of Nyaung Shwe, where all the main guesthouses and hotels are. This town is very quiet, so bring a book or something to occupy your evenings, as I did not see any night life.

Day 10 – Jan 28: Inle Lake

  • Tour around the lake
    • Hand Weaving Factory
    • Floating Garden
    • Cigar Rolling
    • SilverSmith
    • Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
    • Nga Phe Chaung Monastery
    • Maing Thauk Monastery
    • Sunset
  • Bicycle to Red Mountain Estate Vineyards & Winery

Where To Stay?

Song Of Travel Hostel – Staff is very nice and even remembers your name. The rooftop restaurant is a beautiful place to start and end your day. They can organize tours for you, and have a generator, which is important due to scheduled power outages in the country.

Getting To Kalaw From Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe)

Departing at 6am, 8am by local pick-up to Shwe Nyaung cost 5000MMK and length 3 hours depend how many stop on the way.

Then take a motor taxi from Shwe Nyaung to Nyaung Shwe cost 5000MMK and length half hour. Book at 12go.asia

Getting To Yangon From Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe)

Take famous bus or elite bus starting at 8 am, 5pm. Cost, Length. Book at 12go.asia

Getting To Mandalay From Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe)

Departing at 8:30 to 9am,arrived at 4-5pm, Cost 35000MMK. Book at 12go.asia

Getting To Bagan From Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe)

Departing at 8:30 to 9am,arrived at 5-6pm, Cost 35000MMK. Book at 12go.asia

1 day in Kalaw

Just In Travel Digital Nomad

Many go to Kalaw on their way to Nyaung Shwe, instead of the path I followed. There are beautiful treks 1 night 2 days / 2 nights 3 days, that will lead you to Nyaung Shwe, which come reccomended if you have the time. A great trekking company is Eversmile

Day 11 – Jan 29: Inle Lake To Kalaw

  • Kalaw
  • Night bus to Yangon

2 Days In Yangon

I get paranoid about missing flights, so I always go 2 days

Day 12 – Jan 30: Yangon

Day 13 – Jan 31 – 9 Yangon

Day 14 – Feb 1 – Yangon To Flight Out

Things To before visiting myanmar

Power Outages:

city has rolling blackouts, so keep your devices charged and bring a powerbank.

Bring Dollars

There is a very good black market exchange rate for US Dollars, bring crisp dollars with no marks, folds or blemishes, you can get over 40% more Kyat than from the airport or atm exchange rates. You can also WesternUnion yourself money, but it can take 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Curfew

There is a curfew at midnight, and many places close early around 8- 9pm, so have some snacks or dinner before then.

VPN

You will need a VPN to be able to connect to certain social media sites, so have that before you enter the country

Common Phrases

Mingalabar hello 

Ngar nar lae par deh / Ngar nar ma lae bou – I understand/ I dont understand

Cezu tin ba deh- Thank you

Wun neh ba deh Sorry

Da poun yai lo ya mala? – May I take a photo

Ma yu tot bou. Jay zu bae – No Thank you

Zay gyi deh – Too expensive

Do’s and Dont’s :

Enter A Taxi Without Knowing The Price

Negotiate and agree on a price beforehand, use grab taxi app as a comparison

Revealing clothing in Temples:

Neither men or women are allowed to have shorts on.Cover yourself down to your ankles.

Bring Sandles

You will be going barefoot a lot, so sandles are easier to take on and off, when visiting temples.

Have small change

Local vendors and souvenir sellers may not have change for large bills.

Step 5. Pack your essentials!

Luggage

Packing is just as important as planning! One of the most important things is to see what power outlet type is used in the country to plan to visit, alternatively buy a universal power converter.

  • Basic Toiletries: Toothbrush, Travel size: toothpaste, shampoo, contact solution, personal care items. Don’t forget liquids should be less than 100 ml and fit in a clear quart sized bag.
  • Power Bank and Charging Cords: Keep your devices charged on the go.
  • Day Backpack: So you can carry that days essentials.
  • Money Belt: Keep your extra money hidden.
  • Power Converter/Adapter: Not all countries use the same power plug.
  • Medicine: Dramamine – for motion sickness, Pepto Bismo- for upset stomach, Alka Seltzer – for upset stomach and altitude sickness
  • Have a copy of your Evisa on hand especially when travelling between cities
  • Water Bottle: Stay hydrated when you travel, we may forget to drink water.
Toiletries
Basic Toiletries
Power Bank
Power Bank & Cords
Backpack
Day Backpack
Money Belt
Money Belt
Plug Converters
Power Converter/Adapter
Medication
Power Converter/Adapter
Passport Scan
Scan of your passport & EVisa
Water Bottles
Water Bottle

Step 6. Have your documents ready

Passport Banner

When travelling between cities you may be asked for your passport and visa, have this ready. Before entering the country, you will be asked to pay for travellers insurance and a visa. Note: 3rd party travellers insurance may not apply to this requirement, be sure and check the goverment website. 

Common questions about visiting myanmar

Most visitors need a visa to enter Myanmar. E-visa services are available, which make the application process easier for tourists from many countries.

The safety situation can change, so it’s essential to check the latest travel advisories from reliable sources before your trip. While many areas are safe for tourists, certain regions might be off-limits due to ongoing conflicts.

The official currency is the Myanmar Kyat (MMK). However, US dollars are also widely accepted, especially in tourist areas. Ensure your US dollar bills are in pristine condition, as worn or torn notes might be refused.

The cooler months from November to February are the most popular. The rainy season is from June to October, and while it can disrupt some travel, it’s also a time of lush landscapes.

Credit card acceptance has been growing, especially in larger cities and tourist areas. However, it’s always advisable to carry cash, especially when traveling to more remote regions.

Start Planning Your Myanmar Trip Now!

Book Your Flight:

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flights. A travellers favorite way to book flights, as it searches websites and airlines around the world with one click.

Book Your Bus or Transportation Within Myanmar:

There are two ways to book your transporation, ask your hotel or hostel, go to the local bus terminal, or book online, for a less stressful trip using Easybook or 12go.asia

Book Your Accomodation: 

Find the best hotels or hostels at HostelWorld, Booking.com, Agoda.com. Perks include with no upfront payment. Pay when you check out and Free cancellations.

Dont Forget Your Travel Insurance:

Two popular choices are SafetyWing and WorldsNomads. A traveler should buy traveler’s insurance to protect themselves against unexpected events such as trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and lost or stolen baggage. It provides peace of mind and financial protection in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Useful Apps?

Grab – Local Transportation

Food Panda – Food Delivery

Want More Information On Myanmar?

Be sure to check out my nomad travel guide on the Myanmar for even more tips

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