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2 Weeks In Myanmar Itinerary – The Perfect Guide

Planning a 2 week Myanmar itinerary can be difficult. So here’s a route based on our tried and tested personal experience.

How To Get Around Myanmar

Mainland Myanmar is the typical tourist route people take when planning a 2 week Myanmar itinerary.

Beginning in Yangon and ending in Mandalay, or vice versa.

By Bus

One of the best ways to travel around Myanmar, especially if you are on a budget, is by bus. The cheaper the ticket the more uncomfortable the ride though!

If you prefer a bit more luxury and don’t mind paying extra, there is a VIP express coach service available. Offering air conditioning and comfortable seating for those long journeys.

By Train

Trains are probably not the best form of transport in Myanmar and, although there are 5 different seat classes as well as sleepers, they can all be quite uncomfortable.

The most reliable train route is the express (16 hours) between Yangon and Mandalay. With other routes less reliable and usually slower than taking a bus!

By Plane

Flying is good way to cover long distances and is relatively cheap compared to western countries.

The busiest route is a 2 hour flight between Yangon and Mandalay, with eight flights leaving every day.

By Boat

Taking a boat trip can be a pleasant alternative to flying, with journeys varying from 2 hours to overnight.

One of the more popular cruises takes you along the river Irrawaddy passing five of the major cities including Bagan.

Local transport

Once you’ve reached your destination there are 3 main options.

E-Bike

You’ll hear it from everyone, and it’s definitely the easiest way to get around.

E-Bikes are basically electric mopeds, that max out at 40km/h, and will save your legs a lot of hard work.

They can be rented from most places around town for 8,000 Kyat (full day) or 4,000 Kyat (half day).

Or, if you only want them for sunrise then 1,000 Kyat per hour.

Bicycle

Another option is rent ordinary push bikes.

Obviously a little harder to get around, as you don’t have the help of a motor.

However if you’re feeling fit, the main roads are pretty flat and well tarmacked.

They can be rented from most places around town for 1,500 – 2,500 Kyat per day.

Tour

Another great option for exploring is to book onto a private tour.

Whether it’s in an air conditioned vehicle, such as the Ancient Temples Private Tour, or you take a Full Day Guided E-Bike Tour with Lunch.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Best Time To Visit Myanmar

The best time of year to visit Myanmar is during the months of November to February when the days are dry, although temperatures can reach 37°C.

However, this is also the busiest time of year, so if you visit just before or after these months you will avoid the crowds and still have some pretty good weather.

Remember, this is just a guide, so you may want to mix it up and add/subtract different attractions.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel

GoPro

Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

Mawlamyine to Hpa An Boat
Lauren cruising down the Thanlyin river.

2 Weeks In Myanmar Itinerary

Yangon

The first stop on most people’s 2 week Myanmar itinerary, is naturally to start in Yangon!

Although, one of the strangest things we found at when arriving in Myanmar, is that there is no public transport within walking distance of Yangon airport.

So you will NEED to book a transfer. The best option is to prebook your Yangon Airport: Private Transfer.

As for the city itself, it’s a great introduction to Burmese culture, and although the hustle and bustle is just as daunting as any other city in Asia, this one has the most friendly atmosphere of them all.

If you’re looking for a tour option check out the Yangon: Private Half-Day City Tour, they looked after us during our stay in Yangon, and got us off to a great start on our 2 week Myanmar itinerary.

Nobody stares or bothers you, and EVERYBODY will smile and welcome you into The Golden Land.

Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon Golden Temple
Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon – a must see on your 2 week Myanmar itinerary

Bagan

Next up, we took the 5 hour bus journey North from Yangon, to find out exactly why Bagan is THE most popular destination in Myanmar.

With over 2,200 pagodas in the area, Bagan without a doubt has to be added to your 2 week Myanmar itinerary. Giving one of the most beautiful balloon infested sunrises in the world, if there’s one place you’ll get some epic photos – it’s here!

Definitely one of the best things to do in Myanmar.

The most popular activity in the area, aside from visiting the pagodas, is to enjoy a hot air balloon ride.

The season for hot air balloons runs from around the beginning of October, until the beginning of April. However, you will NEED to book your hot air balloon ride in advance, as they do sell out, and the number of balloons permitted by the Ministry of Tourism is now limited to 26 per day.

With flight duration a minimum of 45 minutes to 1 hours, Golden Eagle Ballooning in Bagan is one of the highest rated companies in Bagan.

The other main tourist attraction in Bagan, is renting E-Bikes and exploring the Bagan Pagodas.

E-Bikes are basically electric mopeds, that max out at 40km/h, and will save your legs a lot of hard work.

They can be rented from most places around town for 8,000 Kyat (full day) or 4,000 Kyat (half day), or you can jump on a Full Day Guided E-Bike Tour and explore with a gang.

Either way, waking up for sunrise and exploring Bagan was one of our favourite things to do in Myanmar.

Buledi Pagoda Sunset Bagan Pagodas Bagan Temples
Watching the balloons rise with the sun at Bulethi Pagoda

Inle Lake

From Bagan, some people choose to bus to Kalaw and take part in the 3 day trek to Inle Lake. However we decided to hop past and catch a ride all the way through.

One thing to add, is that the main town and hub where tourists stay, is called Nyaung Shwe. From here you will need to book onto an Inle Lake tour.

Tours range from around 20,000 – 40,000 Kyat around town, depending on the level of tour you opt for.

Here are a few of the best options available to book in advance online:

Inle Lake: Full-Day Private Tour (£27 per person)

Inle Lake: Private 2-Hour Sunset Boat Ride (£12 per person)

All tours include a boat and driver for the day. Most include hotel pick up, water, government taxes, and donations for leaving slippers at temples.

As for Inle Lake itself, it’s an amazing day out, as well as a great cultural experience.

Witness first hand how the locals live and survive in floating villages. From the traditional dancing fishermen, to Burmese cigarette making, and the silk weaving centres.

It’s certainly an eye opening day into the lifestyle of the people that live around Inle, and a must visit on your 2 week Myanmar itinerary.

Things To Do In Inle Lake Tour

Mandalay

An easy end destination on your 2 week Myanmar itinerary.

Mandalay in the most Northern point on most tourists bucket list, and although it’s the second largest city in Myanmar with a population of over 1,200,000 people, we actually found it surprisingly relaxing.

With plenty of things to do, such as the Kuthodaw Pagoda (the largest book in the world), Mandalay Palace, and Mandalay Hill, the easiest way to combine them all is by booking a Mandalay Full-Day Private Tour.

Another of the most popular attraction in Myanmar is located in Madalay, the almighty U Bein Bridge!

The U Bein Bridge is the oldest and largest teak wood bridge in the world. Standing at 1.2-kilometre in length, the bridge was built around 1850 and attracts thousands of visitors every day.

One of the most popular ways to beat the crowds and see the bridge in all its beauty is via a boat ride. Which is included in the highly rated Ava & U Bein Bridge Sunset Bike Tour.

Whatever you choose to do in Mandalay, it’s a great city to end your Burmese experience in. So soak it all in and enjoy your final Burmese curries, it should finish your trip off to the Golden Land perfectly.

U Bein Bridge Mandalay Things To Do In Mandalay
The masses of crowds visiting the U Bein Bridge

Where To Stay In Myanmar

For pre-booking accommodation when travelling, we always recommend Booking.com!

From 5 star hotels, to budget backpacker hostels, it’s got everything and the site is super easy to use.

So to compare deals, and pre-book all of your Myanmar accommodation, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

More Myanmar Blogs

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Bagan Temples – Including Sunrise & Sunset

Best Things To Do In Yangon – A Complete Guide

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda – A Golden Rock In Myanmar Guide


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The Perfect 2 Week Myanmar Itinerary

Mar

Wednesday 29th of November 2017

Where is myeik and kawthuang? They are nice too.

Charlie Pauly

Wednesday 29th of November 2017

We crammed in as much as we could within our 1 month visit. Maybe next time :)