I've been planning this trip in my head for quite some time and finally in 2017 I had a spare month while traveling in Asia. So the choice was easy. Myanmar here I come!
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Asia27 days / August 2017
Highs & Lows
Temples of Bagan
Spit of betel everywere
Myanmar seems to be a kind of like a hidden gem in Southeast Asia. Everyone knows it's there but for some reason people don't go there. I don't want to get into politics so I'll spare you reading about Rohingya people in my itinerary, though it could be one of the reasons tourists seem to avoid visiting Myanmar. Not that neighbouring Thailand is flawless...but you know, it's all about having good PR ;-) Myanmar has poor PR and, in result, not many tourists.
I have spent there a month, maximum time I was allowed to hang out in this beautiful country on a single entry tourist visa. And I'm longing to go back ever since I left. You won't find a TOP 10 places to visit in Myanmar in here because it was a lazy month for me. I didn't want to spend too much time moving around. Instead, I chose a few locations and explored each of them. I also wanted to leave something for the next time. Because I know we will meet again.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
Plan better and spend more time in Mandalay.
Anything go wrong during the trip?
Poor planning on my side so I can only blame myself for it. Apart from that, it was perfect.
How was the food?
In general Myanmar is not exactly a foodie destination. But saying that, a fermented tea leaf salad is to die for! I know, sounds odd but it's delicious. The Brunch Society - Yangoon Kaung Myat Restaurant - Yangoon Rangoon Tea House - Yangoon
What tips would you give a friend?
Remember that it might be difficult to find an ATM if you're heading to a small town (but then again that's kind of a rule everywhere in the world ;)) so better have some cash with you.
It's going to be boiling hot in Bagan. Always. Bring a hat if you're planning to go there. If you're planning to go to Myanmar during rainy season, bring flip flops and a waterproof bag to store your valuables.
Transport is super comfy and cheap in Myanmar. Unless you want to fly. Domestic flights are expensive. Night bus from Yangon to Bagan booked here https://jjexpress.net/
Myanmar is quite expensive in comparison to other countries in SEA.
Booked some things by ourselves online mainly on booking.com but if you're staying in a hotel/hostel, they will also help you book transportation, etc. No need to book way in advance.