Myanmar is a beautiful country, still, one of the less visited in South East Asia. Foreign travel started there not so long ago after half-century isolation because of a military regime. The situation in the country is quite controversial even today but there are many reasons for visiting Myanmar now. There is much to see there. For sure, you must love temples and pagodas when visiting Myanmar because you will see thousands of them in this country. Check my suggested itinerary for busy first-time visitors, including the must-see sights of Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan and Mandalay. 101pinterest mandalay hill entrance thesanetravel.com 1630214

Before day one. Arrival in Yangon and night in Yangon. 

Day 1. Yangon

If there is one reason for visiting Yangon, it is the Shwedagon temple. Spend the first part of your day there.10 shwedagon pagoda yangon thesanetravel.com 159066412 central yangon thesanetravel.com 1600138In the afternoon, see the centre of the city. Use your evening to attend a dinner show at Karaweik palace, learning, enjoying the cultural performance and great food.13 karaweik palace yangon thesanetravel.com 1590949Night Yangon

Day 2. Yangon and traveling to Nyaung Shwe

Visit Dala Township across the Yangon River to see the everyday life of the locals.20 dala yangon thesanetravel.com 1600065Spend the first part of the afternoon in the National Museum learning about the history and culture of Myanmar.21 national museum yangon thesanetravel.com 131351Afternoon departure to a bus station for a night trip to Nyaung Shwe.23bus to inle thesanetravel.com 1600203Night on the bus to Nyaung Shwe.

Day 3. Inle Lake

After early morning arrival, have a transfer to your lake hotel and take a boat tour around the lake.30 inle lake 1 thesanetravel.com 160025331 inle myanmar thesanetravel.com 1600503Have a leisurely afternoon at the hotel.32 inle lake 1 thesanetravel.com 1600380Dinner and night show at the hotel.
Night on the Inle Lake.

Day 4. Bicycling around Nyaung Shwe

After breakfast, go back to Nyaung Shwe by boat, check into the hotel, rent a bike and go. Visit Khaung Daing hot springs and the Shwe Yan Pyay monastery, and sip wine while watching the sunset at Red Mountain winery.

40 hot springs bycicle inle thesanetravel.com 160083141 monastery bycicle inle thesanetravel.com 160090342 sunset winery myanmar thesanetravel.com 1600982Night Nyaung Shwe.

Day 5. Going to Bagan and Bagan

Heho to Bagan flight.50airplane kbz myanmar thesanetravel.com 1610115Arrival in Bagan in the early afternoon. Getting acquainted with Bagan.51 iza gawna pagoda bagan thesanetravel.com 1610396Sunset at Temple optional.
Night Bagan.

Day 6. Temples of Bagan

A hot air balloon flight is optional because it’s expensive but recommended.60 bagan balloons myanmar thesanetravel.com 1610643Visiting the best temples of Bagan.61 thatbyinnyu phaja bagan thesanetravel.com 161075062 bagan myanmar thesanetravel.com 1610435Sunset at the temple.
Night Bagan.

Day 7. Taung Kalat monastery tour and Bagan.

Even though Taung Kalat monastery is next to Mount Popa, not on it, it’s often called Mount Popa monastery. Half a day tour is worth doing.73mont popa monastery thesanetravel.com 162023070mont popa monastery thesanetravel.com 162008071mont popa monastery thesanetravel.com 1620122Back to Bagan for a leisurely afternoon or more temples sightseeing.
Night Bagan.

Day 8. Full day boat tour to Mandalay. Mandalay

Full day boat tour about 10 hours.80boat trip bagn mandalay thesanetravel.com 162031681boat trip bagn mandalay thesanetravel.com 162032982boat trip bagn mandalay thesanetravel.com 1620480After arrival in Mandalay and transfer to the hotel, short walk around and street food dinner nearby.
Night Mandalay.

Day 9. Tuk-tuk tour in Mandalay and surroundings

Hiring a tuk-tuk for a full day tour.89 tuk tuk mandalay myanmar thesanetravel.com 1620584Visit Royal Palace, Kuthodaw pagoda, see the biggest book in the world,90 mandalay myanmar thesanetravel.com 1620683go to ancient capital Inwa91 innwe ava myanmar thesanetravel.com 1620709and watch the sunset at U Bein Bridge.94 u bein bridge myanmar thesanetravel.com 1630023Night Mandalay.

Day 10. Mandalay

Learn about making gold leaf at King Galon Gold Leaf Workshop.96 golden leaf mandalay myanmar thesanetravel.com 1630129Take a midday break. In the afternoon, visit Sandamuni pagoda with whitewashed stupas.97 sandamuni pagoda mandalay myanmar thesanetravel.com 1630209Then continue your way up to Mandalay hill to admire sunset views.99 mandalay hill myanmar thesanetravel.com 1630281On your way back to the hotel, watch a water fountain show at Mandalay Moat.
Night Mandalay. End of the tour.

I very much liked the service of Asian Tour Travel Company who took care of my travels, transfers, and accommodation, so I just had to do my own sightseeing.

Practical tip. For flying to Myanmar from Asia, check AirAsia flights in the first place.

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What did you think? Have you been to Myanmar? Or perhaps you’re thinking of visiting there in the near future? Either way, I’d love to hear from you so please add your comments below.

  • Published by Anita on January 26, 2019
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    Author: Anita Sāne

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