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.

28 Responses to Myanmar Chameleon: Three Cities in 5 Days (Itinerary)

  1. Angie says:

    I was wondering which bus company did you take for your journey from Inle Lake to Yangon? And how did you reserve your bus tickets?

    • fienuts says:

      Hi Angie,

      We had our bus ticket booked from Nyaung Shwe hotel in Inle. Either that or you could contact the Station Manager Mr. Htet Naing U (09-5214852, 09-5210190)

  2. An says:

    Dear Fienuts,
    Is it possible to see Bagan from a Balloon in September? I mean, I want to book a Balloons over Bagan tour, and Can we do that on September, because I read from internet and they said the weather in September is not favorable.

    • fienuts says:

      Hi An,

      You could check with the travel agent because end of the year may be the monsoon season for some SEA countries, depending on location. If it doesn’t rain in the morning then you’re good to go. You need to be there at 430am-5am to prepare for sunrise.

  3. An says:

    Yes, thank you Fienuts. Contact to the travel agent seems a good idea. I will do that.

  4. An says:

    I’m planning for my trip to Myanmar for 5 days only. And thank you for all useful things that you shared with us. It does help me alot for creating my itinerary but still have no idea where to sleep :). But, thank you anyway!!!

    • fienuts says:

      Hi An,

      You can try searching for hotels online because as I understand they have more new ones coming up now. Hope it helps.

      • An says:

        Yes, I am searching to find some guesthouses and and reading a recommendation from tripadvisor and some blogs to make sure that they’re good enough to stay.
        I still wonder about which transpotation we can use to move from Yangon to Bagan. Train or bus, which one is better? Dear Fienuts!

        • fienuts says:

          Hi An,

          If you prefer to see the scenery you can try the overnight train which departs in the evening and arrives in Bagan in the early morning.
          If not you can take the bus because it will have pitstops for dinner/lunch before continuing the journey. I liked the train because I saw many different scenery and it’s so interesting.

          • An says:

            Dear Fienuts!
            My flight will arives in Yangon at 6PM, so i am afraid that we can not catch a train on time. As I read from your post, the train will depart at 4PM, right? Do you have any idea about the bus schedule? Price? or anything?
            Thank you alots!!!

          • fienuts says:

            Hi An

            You can try contacting your hotel to ask about the bus schedule or contact a reliable travel agent there who can assist you.
            If not you could stay the night and head out to Bagan the next day like what we did.

  5. Faisal Admar says:

    Good pictures with great explanation. I enjoy your blog 🙂

  6. nichola says:

    Yay! Myanmar! We will be traveling here a little later on in the year. Great to have some more info 🙂 looks like u had fun and saw a lot !but wow lots of travel very busy. I want to spend around 4 weeks there so we might take it a little slower 😉

    • fienuts says:

      Hi Nichola!

      Thanks for stopping by 😀

      Yay for Myanmar too! Yes it’s great to have more info on this country especially since a lot of people will be heading there this year. We had 5 days so it was a bit of a rush but I reckon with 4 weeks you will be able to enjoy so many more places and make so many discoveries. Do share the posts once you return!

      I will be posting up more stories on Myanmar this week. Keep a look out for it.


  7. budget jan says:

    Hi, I am visiting from Y Travel Blog’s Travel Tuesday. I love your blog name and am so glad you are posting on Myanmar – we need as much information as we can on the blogosphere!

    • fienuts says:

      Hi Budget Jan!

      Appreciate you dropping by from Y Travel Blog’s Travel Tuesday and thank you for the kind words. Myanmar was the one country that required a lot of research and after going through the experience of travelling there, I feel it’s better to share it with the next traveller as it would be convenient.

      Will be posting up more Myanmar stories by this week!


  8. hlga says:

    ah kalian berempat mirip wonderwoman ya
    pergi kemanapun yang kalian mau


    btw, 1 kyats itu brapa ringgit kak?
    itu saya liat di itinerary kakak make usdollar juga tuh
    beararti di myanmar pakai 2 mata uang ya? usd and kyats, right?

    • fienuts says:

      Hello Helga,

      We are Wonderwoman! Hehe.
      Yes in Myanmar they use both USD & Kyata (local currency)
      USD 1 = RM3.10 = 856 kyats

  9. Jardness says:

    I love the vclip!!! Didn’t know you were filming it! Can’t wait for next posts!

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