Burma Travel Itinerary For First Timer

Expert suggestion for a Burma travel itinerary which showcases the highlighted attractions you should not miss in the country

One of the important step to make your travel in Burma successful is planning. Whether on an independent trip or a tour package, a good itinerary allows you to soak up more than just the highlights of the country but also giving you chances to explore further. This Burma Travel Itinerary is suggested by our travel expert who believe it showcases the best Burma/ Myanmar has to offer :

Day 01 - 02 : Visiting Yangon
Yangon is the biggest, vibrant city in Burma. It is undoubtedly a fascinating place to start your travel in Burma. There are many interesting attractions that can fill up your 2 days including the remarkable Shwedagon pagoda, Chautakhgyi pagoda - famous for its biggest reclining Buddha statue, Sule pagoa, India streets or China town.
For cultural enthusiasts, do not miss National Museum, Uthan House. If you are curious about precious stones, you can visit Gems Museum. 
To explore Yangon further than its surface, organize a visit to its lively morning market, join locals people in the Kandawgyi park. 
See more : Yangon 2 days itinerary

Extenstion for 1-2 days : it is not difficult to find places for a day tour in Yangon. The premier site is Bago which is about 2 hours drive. This is home to the Kanbawza Palace and numerous Buddhist stupas. Another good choice is Twante which is just across Yangon river, a perfect introduction for Yangon rural life. 

Day 03 -04 : Bagan Archeaological Zone
Bagan is known as Angkor Wat of Myanmar. It houses 2,500 pagodas remaining from 11th century. Certainly, with 2 days you can not see all the monuments. These are some outstanding spots : Ananda pagoda, Shwezigon, Gawdamgyi, Manuha.
Spend the first day to photograph the ancient temples and see Nyaung U market. The second day is a chance to combine both temple landscape with visits to traditional workshops like lacquerwater or parasol. Sunset shooting is one of the most amazing moments in Bagan.
See more : Bagan Tours

Extension for 1-2 days : Mountain Popa, a sacred Buddhist site lying on the top of an old volcano is a good choice to adventure out of Bagan. 
For an idea for off beaten track travel, book a private tour to cross Irrawaddy River. This full day trip not only offers a different look into local life but alos exclusive panorama toward Bagan. 

Travel from Yangon to Bagan : budget travel - overnight bus, fast travel - flight.

Day 05 -07:  Mandalay
Mandalay is full of things to surprise you. For the first day, spend your time to capture the must-sees of the city including Royal Palace, Kuthodaw pagoda, Royal Monastery, flower market in the morning then make a sightseeing in the afternoon to Inwa. 
Plan the second day to see Pyin Oo Lwin, a cool hill station which is abundant of British villas, church and garden. 
The third day should be kept for a trip on Irrawaddy River, getting to know about Mingun incomplete pagoda and Sagaing Hill. 
Mandalay has wide range of entertainment for evening activities : puppet show, Moustach brother performance, cultural dance at Mandalay Hill resort or appetizing night market. 

Extension 3 days : Hsipaw is an off beaten track mountainous area. It offers breathtaking trekking adventure to the remote villages, secret waterfalls. Hotels in the area ranges from budget hostel to luxury riverside resort, Hsipaw will fit for everyone.

Travel from Bagan to Mandalay: boat, ferry, bus, private car and flight. 

Day 08 -90 : Inle Lake
For first timer, Inle Lake is unmissable. While the landscapes are picturesque, its lake culture is very unique. 2 days is a perfect time to appreciate the floating gardens, lakeside markets, marveling at Phang Daw Oo pagoda and meet the friendly Inthar fisherman. 
Apart from the exciting excursions, you can add some cultural-oriented activities like cooking class, kayaking to differentiate your experience. 

Extension for 1 day : Pa-O is one of the most mysterious hill tribes in Shan State and a trip to Kakku releases more about their daily life, plantation as well their quaint tradition. 

Travel from Mandalay to Inle Lake : flight or bus

Day 10 -13: Ngapali Beach
The last leg of your trip should be in Ngapali, the best beach in Burma eyeing Andaman Sea with azure waters, rustic fishing villages. 

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