2 Weeks in Myanmar: Sample Itinerary
2 Weeks in Myanmar
One of the most common questions we’re asked by others travellers is, “I’ve got 2 weeks in “insert country here” what should I see and do?”
In this, our fifth post of our popular itinerary series, we show you how to get the most out of your two weeks in Myanmar (also known as Burma), a country that has only recently reopened its borders meaning that as you enter you feel as if you have stepped back in time without having left Southeast Asia!
In 2010 Myanmar reopened its borders to tourism which means that this country, in comparison to other Southeast Asian countries, has retained its unique charm and is still relatively unchartered and unexplored. That said, the environment is rapidly changing with the influx of tourists, so head there now!
The Myanmar people are very happy to see tourists and understand how life changing tourism can be for them and their country. They are eager to teach you about their country, their politics and their way of life which is refreshing after spending time in neighbouring countries where some locals have become a bit jaded toward tourists.
Travel Tip: Make sure to reserve your accommodations ahead of arriving in a city as most guesthouses are fully booked days in advance.
If you have more than 2 weeks in this country consider heading up north from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lin and Hsipaw to trek through the highlands where you’ll meet friendly minority tribespeople and star gaze some of the clearest skies in the world. Check out our post on our time trekking in Hsipaw for more information.
Use this itinerary as a guide and depending on what type of traveller you are, modify these options to suit your own style.
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2 Week Itinerary
Itinerary: Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan, Mandalay, Sagaing, Mingun & Amarapura
Days 1-3: Yangon
- Head to a few of the holiest temples in all of Myanmar, the magnificent golden Shwedagon and Sule Pagodas.
- Spend an afternoon getting lost in the colourful Bogyoke market, a photographers dream.
- If you have time, arrange take a day trip to the world-famous Kyaiktiyo Pagoda which is better known as the Golden Rock.
- While in Yangon practice your haggling skills with the street vendors and tuk-tuk drivers as Myanmar works on the bargaining system. Check out our post “Haggling Like a Pro“ so you can haggle with the best of them during your trip.
- Check out our photo tour of Yangon for more inspiration.
Where we stayed: MGM Hotel – $28 USD per night (Private room, includes A/C)
Days 3-5: Inle Lake
- Either book with your guesthouse or head down to the docks in the afternoon/evening and negotiate a fare with a driver to take you out the next morning to explore the lake and see the famous floating gardens and traditional fisherman.
- For more travel inspiration, check out our photo tour of Inle Lake.
Where we stayed: Remember Inn – $21 USD per night (private room, included A/C and hot shower)
Days 6-9: Bagan
- If it’s in your budget, arrange for a hot air balloon ride to take in the iconic sunrise over the temples of Bagan.
- Over the next two days, rent a motorbike, bicycle or a tuk-tuk driver and slowly explore the vast network of 2,200 temples and pagodas. Check out our post on our 4 days in Bagan, one of our favourite places in the entire world.
- If you get tired of temple hopping, head out to Mt. Popa where you can explore a temple perched precariously on top of a mountain.
Where we stayed: Inn Wa Guest House – $21 USD per night (private room, included A/C and hot shower)
Days 10-13: Mandalay, Sagaing, Amarapura, & Mingun
- On your first night enjoy the famous Moustache Brothers troupe who have famously spent time in jail because of their outward criticism of the government.
- Spend your first full day exploring the cities main sites such as Myanmar’s second holiest site Maha Myat Muni Paya and the world’s largest book at Kutodaw Paya. Then enjoy the sunset and 360 degree view from the top of Mandalay Hill. Check out our post on our full day in Mandalay for more info.
- Negotiate with local driver (with a reliable car) to pick you up early in the morning and then visit the three ancient cities of Sagaing, Mingun and Amarapura. Read all about our adventures exploring the world’s largest pagoda in Mingun and the world’s longest teak bridge in Amarapura in our post here.
Where we stayed: Fortune Guesthouse – $25 USD per night (private room, included A/C)
Day 14: Mandalay
- Fly back home or onward to your next destination!
We spent close to a month in Myanmar and consider ourselves fortunate to have explored this country only a few years after reopening their borders to travellers. The people were some of the friendliest and hospitable that we’ve met anywhere in the world. There aren’t many countries where you can make a slight detour off the tourist trail and become enveloped by a place and people who few foreigners ever explored.
Myanmar is changing fast so if you have been considering travelling here, quit delaying and buy a ticket!
I hope this sample itinerary for 2 weeks in Myanmar have helped you plan out your Burmese adventure.
Make sure to check out our post on how much to budget for Myanmar.
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