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. It’s one of the best photo spots in Myanmar! 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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