Myanmar Chameleon: Three Cities in 5 Days (Itinerary)
Among all of my travels to the world, Myanmar was the most challenging trip to plan only because information was still scarce and we had to rely on reviews, advices and travel blogs. No matter how much we planned though, we had quite a bit of ‘interesting’ surprises as soon as we landed in Myanmar from ‘missing’ bus reservations, squeezing with 13 other travellers in a truck like a refugee, middle aisle seats on busses, a train with no air cond or fan, eating delicious street food with 3-in-1 local coffee and meeting up a fellow Malaysian who followed us all the way back to Kuala Lumpur.
For this first post on our adventure, I have put together a short teaser video (I hope the video works!) of my trip with the #MyanmarGang which included Lily, Jard & Anna as well as a summarized itinerary to guide you on what you can do and see in Myanmar. It is BETTER to plan and book accommodations especially during winter (now) which is the peak season so that you don’t end up at the sidewalk building a bonfire to keep yourself from the cold biting wind at 3:00am in the morning.
This is a summary of our 5 days, 4 nights itinerary in Myanmar.
Day 1: Yangon
8:00 am – Arrived in Yangon (via AirAsia). Headed to travel agents’ place via taxi (18,000 kyats) to park our bags and to settle all ground arrangements.
10:00 am – City Tour (DIY). Went to Sule Paya, nearby Park (500 kyats) & Shwedagon Paya (entrance: USD 5)
4:00 pm – Train to Bagan via Nyaung U Train Station (USD50 per person, sleeping berths, 4 beds in one berth, no air cond, 18 hours)
Day 2: Bagan
9:30 am – Arrived in Bagan. Taxi to Hotel (12k kyats).
10:30 am – Checked into Thiri Malar Hotel Bagan(USD30-Superior & USD45-Deluxe, per night)
11:30 am-8:00pm – Full day tour via taxi (50k kyats) to Bagan Temples (Manuha Phaya, Gubyauk Gyi-Myinkaba, Dhammayan Gyi Temple, Sulamani Guphaya, Buphaya, Gaw Dha Palin Phaya, Ananda Phaya, That Byinnyu) & Irrawady River Cruise (8k kyats per boat, 1 hour)
Day 3: Inle
7:30 am – Air cond Bus to Inle (10k kyats, 8 hours)
4:30 pm – Arrived in Inle, paid Inle Entrance fee (USD 5) and walked to Hotel (5 minutes away).
5:30 pm – Checked into Nyaung Shwe Hu Pin Hotel (USD 45-Twin Room, per night)
6:00 pm – Walked around town area & had dinner at Green Chilli Restaurant .
Day 4: Inle Lake
6:20 am – 2:00 pm – Boat tour on Inle Lake (35k kyats per boat, 4 pax), watch sunrise over the lake, floating villages, Ywama floating market, Hnin Thitsar (Inle Traditional Umbrella Workshop), Indein homes, Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda (500 kyats), floating gardens, Jumping Cat Monastery.
2:30 pm – Lunch at Hu Pin Restaurant.
5:00 pm – Air cond Bus to Yangon (USD 20, 12 hours)
Day 5: Yangon
5:00 am – Arrived in Yangon. Taxi to travel agent (500 kyats, per person).
9:00 am – 1:30pm – Walked around the city, Market, Chinatown, Bogyoke Aung San Market (closed on Mondays).
5:pm – Depart to Kuala Lumpur (via AirAsia).
Here’s a map for all the places visited in Myanmar.
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.