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12 Days in Myanmar (Burma)

Inle Lake, Myanmar

We were very excited to visit Myanmar. We were especially excited to visit a friend from Yangon that we had met in 2014 while traveling in Vietnam. I had originally wanted to take the slow train from Yangon north, but time restraints made flying a much better (if less adventurous!) option for this trip. We planned a 12-day, 11-night itinerary:

  • 2 days in Yangon
  • 3 days in Nyaungshwe (Inle Lake)
  • 4 days in Bagan
  • 1 full day riverboat trip from Bagan to Mandalay
  • 2 days in Mandalay

For our trip, we purchased kyat (pronounced chat) in Thailand. We only used USD twice – to purchase our ferry tickets in Bagan at a favorable rate and for our final dinner at our hotel in Mandalay to avoid having to withdraw additional kyat from an ATM.

Tourist attractions that specify the price only in USD accepted kyat at the unfavorable rate of 1 USD / 1400 MMK. The rate that we purchased our kyat was 1 MMK / .0245 THB – approximately 1 USD / 1350 MMK.

In addition to our standard first aid kit, we add a syringe and suture kit, an emergency dental kit, and an Israeli bandage to our emergency supplies for trips where we will be in remote areas where emergency medical care may be unavailable. We also always carry headlamps and extra batteries with us in our day pack. There are frequent power outages throughout Myanmar, so a simple evening walk can turn into quite an adventure if you are not prepared.

We like to read books about our destination before, during, and after we travel. For this trip we read Burmese Days, Finding George Orwell in Burma, and The Glass Palace. Of the three, my favorite was the historical novel, The Glass Palace.

Yangon: Days 1 – 2

People's Park - Yangon, Myanmar

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Nyaungshwe (Inle Lake): Days 3 – 5

Inle Lake, Myanmar

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Bagan: Days 6 – 9

Bagan, Myanmar

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Bagan to Mandalay Riverboat: Day 10

Bagan to Mandalay Riverboat - Myanmar

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Mandalay: Days 11 – 12

Mandalay Palace - Mandalay, Myanmar

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We had a fantastic time visiting Myanmar. Generally, we do not like a trip with so many transitions. It makes it seem like you are always packing and unpacking. You never get a chance to settle or to explore deeply. This trip did not feel that way. The flights were very short, and the ferry ride was an adventure unto itself. The trip felt well-paced, and we were never bored or rushed.

I look forward to visiting Myanmar again! The people are wonderful, the food is delicious, and the history is intriguing.

Trip Details

  • Time of Year: December 2017
  • Length of Stay: 12 Days, 11 Nights
  • Total Trip Cost – 2 People: 1500 USD*
  • Cost Per Day / Per Person: 62.5 USD*
  • Visa Information: E-Visa

*Excluded from the cost analysis:

  • International Airfare – International airfare is not included because fares vary depending on your starting location. Internal flights are included.
  • Travel Health Insurance – Travel health insurance is not included because we have an international policy.

GPS Coordinates:Click to expand

Day 1
Yangon International Airport @ 16.902838,96.135461
Hotel Grand United (Ahlone Branch) @ 16.784779,96.135189
Sule Pagoda @ 16.774465,96.158833
Maha Bandula Park @ 16.773125,96.159500
The Strand Hotel @ 16.769612,96.162592
Ministers’ Building @ 16.775550,96.165236

Day 2
People’s Park @ 16.796136,96.141918
Tree Walk @ 16.795403,96.144725
Natural World Amusement Park @ 16.798895,96.140828
Shwedagon Pagoda @ 16.798308,96.149614
Myanmar Culture Valley @ 16.798393,96.145370
YKKO Restaurant @ 16.797790,96.145604
Yangon Central Railway Station @ 16.781752,96.161488
Kemmendine Station @ 16.807010,96.126741
Hanthawaddy Station @ 16.817052,96.126292
Drug Elimination Museum @ 16.815658,96.131429
31st Street @ 16.774510,96.157702

Day 3
Heho Airport @ 20.743056,96.792778
The Hotel Emperor-Inle @ 20.661084,96.92661
Ever Light II Indian Restaurant @ 20.661001,96.927257 (estimate)
Hupin Kaung Daing Resort @ 20.592667,96.875968
Kaung Daing @ 20.619389,96.883941

Day 4
Indein Village @ 20.460898,96.842162
Nyaung Ohak Pagodas @ 20.459192,96.841307
Shwe Inn Thein Pagodas @ 20.455717,96.836451
Shwe Inn Tain Monastery @ 20.462107,96.841394
Shwe Inn Tain Monastery Pagodas @ 20.465383,96.839100
Hpaung Daw U Pagoda @ 20.474310,96.890192

Day 5
Payar Gyi Monastery @ 20.649073,96.935812
Maing Thauk Monastery Pagoda @ 20.579122,96.959473
Maing Thauk @ 20.580642,96.942000

Day 6
Nyaung U Airport @ 21.175524,94.9287
Thurizza Hotel Bagan @ 21.136338,94.859416
Pyi Kyaw Lin E-bike Rental @ 21.132231,94.858973

Day 7 – 9
Manuhar Pagoda @ 21.153300,94.859400
Temple #843 @ 21.15472,94.88074
Nan Myint Tower @ 21.171674,94.902402
Than Dar E-Bike Service (Ferry Tickets) @ 21.132592,94.858906

Other Bagan Temples
Ananda Temple @ 21.1709,94.8677
Bu Paya Stupa @ 21.1763,94.8579
Bulethi @ 21.1739,94.8819
Dhamma Yangyi Temple @ 21.1623,94.8729
Dhammayazika Pagoda @ 21.1451,94.8834
Gawdaw Palin Temple @ 21.17,94.8567
Gu Byauk Gyi Temple @ 21.185760,94.893612
Htilominlo Temple @ 21.1787,94.8793
Law Ka Ou Shaung Temple @ 21.1622,94.8632
Lone Buddha @ 21.1426,94.8577
Mahazedi Pagoda @ 21.1693,94.8616
Manuhar Pagoda @ 21.1533,94.8594
Mingala Zedi Pagoda @ 21.1613,94.858
Myauk Guni Temple @ 21.1596,94.8711
Myazedi Pagoda and Gu Byauk Gyi temple (west) @ 21.157318,94.860739
Pathada Temple @ 21.1654,94.8627
Paya Thone Zu @ 21.162,94.9034
Pyathadar Hpaya @ 21.1584,94.8892
Sein Nyet Ama & Sein Nyet Nyima @ 21.1417,94.859
Shin Bo Me Ok Kyaung @ 21.1832,94.8905
Shwe Gugyi Temple @ 21.1708,94.8624
Shwe Zigon Temple @ 21.1953,94.8939
Shwesandaw Pagoda @ 21.1638,94.8661
Somingyi Kyaung @ 21.1463,94.8574
Sulamani Temple @ 21.165,94.8813
Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda @ 21.1554,94.7879
Thambula Temple @ 21.163,94.9041
That Byin Nyu Temple @ 21.1688,94.8629
Unknown Pagoda Ruins @ 21.1447,94.8539
Upali Thein Ordination Hall @ 21.1796,94.8763

Day 10
Nyaung Oo Jetty @ 21.208302,94.916201
Bagan King Hotel @ 21.979593,96.0959
MGRG Jetty (Mandalay) @ 21.981158,96.058492

Day 11
Mandalay Palace @ 21.992877,96.096552
Sandamuni Pagoda @ 22.003495,96.109833
Kuthodaw Paya @ 22.004642,96.112846
Su Taung Pyi Pagoda @ 22.014801,96.107495
The Square BBQ & Restaurant @ 22.001704,96.108104
U Bein Bridge @ 21.891955,96.054947

Day 12
Mandalay International Airport @ 21.705649,95.970831

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*Disclaimer- ALWAYS verify locations, transportation routes, GPS coordinates, etc. Errors are made, routes changed, sometimes we are just plain wrong. No one knows what you like more than you. If the trip is worth doing, it is worth doing right! Do your homework.