Myanmar is one of South East Asia’s most underrated countries that is still very much untouched, being a good reason to visit this incredible country as soon as you can. I recommend spending at least 2 weeks in Myanmar to discover everything from rich culture and delicious cuisine to ancient temples and unique landscapes!
My Myanmar backpacking route started in Yangon and ended in Yangon. When I was searching for flights on SkyScanner, it was cheapest to fly into Yangon to begin my two weeks in Myanmar and then onwards again from Yangon to my next destination.
Here is a quick summary of my 2 week Myanmar Itinerary of all the places I visited in this order:
Yangon (1 day) → Bagan (3 days) → Mandalay (3 days) → Inle Lake (3 days) → Hpa An (3 days) → Yangon (1 day)
2 WEEK MYANMAR ITINERARY
DAY 1: YANGON
Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar, with a population of 6 million and a mix of English, Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences. But don’t let this big city scare you because a Yangon Bike Tour with the guys at Uncharted Horizons will take you off the beaten track and it is by far one of the best things to do in Yangon.
After Day 1 in Yangon, you can take a night bus to Bagan with JJ Express leaving Yangon at 9pm and arriving in Bagan at 6am the following morning (9 hours). To check timetables, prices and to book online in advance, click HERE. Alternatively, you can book the bus via your accommodation in Yangon.
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Yangon Bike Tour – Myanmar Itinerary 2 weeks
DAY 2, 3 & 4: BAGAN
A Myanmar Itinerary is not complete without experiencing the temple town known as Bagan. There is no place on Earth quite as unique as Bagan, one of the most famous places in Myanmar, where 2000+ Buddhist temples and pagodas cover the vast African-like landscape and the beautiful Ayeyarwady River drifts down the northern and western sides.
You must also experience the once in a lifetime, Hot Air Balloons Over Bagan! Floating swiftly across the tops of some 2,000 Buddhist monuments is one heck of a Bucket List adventure to add to your Myanmar itinerary!
Next stop Mandalay! From Bagan to Mandalay you can take an afternoon bus leaving Bagan at 4pm and arriving in Mandalay at 9pm on the same day (5 hours). To check timetables, prices and to book online in advance, click HERE. Alternatively, you can book the bus via your accommodation in Bagan.
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Balloons Over Bagan – Myanmar Travel Itinerary
Ancient temples in Bagan – Myanmar Itinerary
DAY 5, 6 & 7: MANDALAY
Mandalay is the second largest city and former royal capital in Northern Myanmar. I spent 3 days exploring the busy city, its ancient pagodas and beautiful waterfalls to put together the ultimate guide of the 10 Best Things To Do In Mandalay.
I have heard that many people skip Mandalay on their Myanmar backpacking route but I must say that it was one of my favourite places to see in Myanmar!
After exploring all the best locations in Mandalay, the next destination on this Myanmar travel blog is Inle Lake! From Mandalay to Inle lake there is a night bus leaving Mandalay at 10pm and arriving in Inle Lake at 6am the following day (8 hours). To check timetables, prices and to book online in advance, click HERE. Alternatively, you can book the bus via your accommodation in Mandalay.
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Mandalay Hill Viewpoint – Myanmar Travel Blog
DAY 8, 9 & 10: INLE LAKE
Inle Lake is a beautiful freshwater lake located in central Myanmar that has a very special charm about it. Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar, with an elevation of 880m above sea level and surprisingly is only 3.5 meters at its deepest point. A must-see location to add to your Myanmar Itinerary!
Inle Lake is one of the most interesting places in Myanmar with a handful of great things to do and see such as a boat tour on Inle Lake, wandering around the Shwe Indein Pagoda, a tour of the handicraft workshops in Ywama floating village, meeting the Kayan women (long neck tribe) and shopping at the Inle Lake markets.
After an awesome 3 days in Inle Lake, the next stop is Hpa An. From Inle lake to Hpa An there is a night bus leaving Inle Lake at 4:30pm and arriving in Hpa An at 6:30am the following day (14 hours). To check timetables, prices and to book online in advance, click HERE. Alternatively, you can book the bus via your accommodation in Inle Lake.
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Local fisherman on Inle Lake – Myanmar Itinerary 2 Weeks
Meeting the Kayan Women – 2 Week Myanmar Itinerary
DAY 11, 12 & 13: HPA AN
Hpa An is a little hidden gem located east of Yangon and it is a MUST see destination on your Myanmar backpacking route! Hpa An is not usually on everyone’s typical Myanmar itinerary but I can’t recommend this location enough as it ended up being my favourite place to visit in Myanmar.
Hpa An has so much to offer including mountain hiking, large caves and ancient pagodas.
I have created this guide of the 5 Best Things To Do In Hpa An to help you plan your trip!
From Hpa An you’re going to want to make your way back to Yangon on the night bus leaving Hpa An at 4:30pm and arriving in Yangon at 10:30pm the same day (6 hours). To check timetables, prices and to book online in advance, click HERE. Alternatively, you can book the bus via your accommodation in Inle Lake.
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Hpan Pu Mountain in Hpa An – Myanmar Itinerary
Sadan Cave in Hpa An – Myanmar Travel Blog
DAY 14: YANGON
Back to Yangon for the final day of the 2 week Myanmar Itinerary and if you have time, be sure not to miss the most popular attraction in Yangon, the Shwedagon Pagoda. This Golden Pagoda is an impressive 326-foot tall and it is situated in the centre of Yangon on Singuttara Hill.
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Shwedagon Pagoda – Myanmar Itinerary
BEST TIME TO VISIT MYANMAR
There are 2 things you want to avoid when planning your Myanmar travel itinerary – intense heat and intense rain.
Furthermore, the best time to visit Myanmar is in the winter season from October to February, when daytime temperatures are moderate and night time temperatures are cool.
Definitely try to avoid the summer months between March – May when temperatures can soar to over 40 degrees celsius and the rainy season which is June through to September.
ONLINE MYANMAR VISA
Before arriving in Myanmar you will need to apply for a Myanmar Visa online. Don’t make the mistake of arriving in Myanmar without a visa and potentially being deported.
Obtaining an online Myanmar Visa is very simple, all you need to do is fill out an application form online at evisa.moip.gov.mm. The application is usually approved within 24 hours, however, I recommend applying for an online Myanmar Visa at least one week before arriving. Once your visa is approved, you will receive an email document with your Myanmar Visa that you will need to print out and present it at the airport.
The cost of a 28-day Myanmar Visa is $50 USD.
Old Bagan Temples – Myanmar Travel Blog
There are a few ways of getting around Myanmar and that is either by bus, taxi, train or plane.
Whether you are on a budget or not, I recommend travelling by bus throughout Myanmar. The main bus companies (JJ Express, Elite, Ok Express,) are very efficient and will get you comfortably from A to B.
The cost of bus transportation between cities in Myanmar is on average around $10-$30 USD.
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The currency in Myanmar is Kyat and the exchange rate is approximately $1 USD = 1,500 Kyat.
Good wi-fi in Myanmar is very hard to come by so I highly recommend purchasing a sim card on arrival at the airport for approximately $10 USD and it comes with 8GB of data.
Thanks for reading this article and if you have any questions about this Myanmar Itinerary please leave me a comment below.
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