Want to see the best of Myanmar but only have 2 weeks? It’s totally possible! Follow my itinerary to see the highlights of this amazing country.
Day 1: Land in Yangon and get yourself to Mandalay
Flights are typically cheapest in and out of Yangon, so obviously, start there!
You can take a flight or overnight bus to Mandalay, though I decided to take an overnight train. I heard horror stories about the train, so of course, I booked it. I actually loved it! The views were incredible and we got a peek into REAL life in Myanmar. I got some bed bug bites, but luckily didn’t carry them with me. You can read about my train experience (lots of photos!) here.
Days 2-4: Mandalay
If people don’t have the time, they usually skip Mandalay, but I don’t recommend this! Mandalay was possibly my favourite place in Myanmar. The temples are so beautiful, the world’s largest book is located here, and there are so many gorgeous viewpoints. I wrote this post on Mandalay, which is my most viewed (and personal favourite) post to date.
Day 5: Mandalay to Bagan Boat Ride
The boat ride from Mandalay to Bagan is an all-day ordeal, but it was relaxing and it had amazing views the whole way through. I love some slow travel here and there, as I think it makes you fully appreciate the experiences you’re having. This boat is a lovely way to travel. Need more details? Read this post.
Days 6-8: Bagan
Oh, Bagan. Iconic Myanmar. Bagan is an absolutely stunning place, with thousands of temples just waiting to be discovered and explored. You can take a hot air balloon ride during sunrise, or you can explore by e-bike. You can also do both! I highly recommend the e-bike. It’s a great way to see the city on your own. On your final day in Bagan, take the night bus to Inle Lake.
Days 9-11: Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake)
Nyaung Shwe is a town right along Inle Lake. Honestly, besides the lake and some cute cafes, there isn’t much to do. Definitely go on a lake tour- it’s beautiful and there are loads of sights to see, so you won’t get bored, but also head to a cooking class. Learning to cook local food was one of the highlights of my Myanmar trip. Again, take an overnight bus on your last day.
Days 12-14: Yangon
Your final days in Yangon! It’s a total MUST to go to Shwedagon Pagoda- the big golden pagoda. There’s a lot to do in Yangon, but if you’re looking for a relaxing treat, head to The Strand Hotel for tea or drinks! Personally, I loved having tea at a local teahouse.
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