Trip Report

My amazing trip to Myanmar

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!

by karolinaAbout Me:The adamant wanderer. I started traveling with my parents as a kid and caught the vagabond bug ;-) Been traveling ever since. I came back to Europe after living in Asia for a while but mostly waiting for Covid madness to calm down between ... read more

AsiaMyanmar (Burma)27 days / August 2017

Highs & Lows

Temples of Bagan

Spit of betel everywere

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.

  • Packing tips?

    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.

  • Transportation Tips?

    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/

  • Any surprises?

    Myanmar is quite expensive in comparison to other countries in SEA.

  • Booking details?

    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.

Lodging

  • We stayed in two different places, a luxurious hotel and a cheap hostel in a Chinese neighbourhood 1) Belmond Governor's Residence https://www.belmond.com/hotels/asia/myanmar/yangon/belmond-governors-residence/ 2) Traveller's House Hostel

  • Shwe Nadi Guest House Centrally located budget option in Bagan. Close to many shops, restaurants, etc. You can rent little, electric e-bikes next door. http://www.booking.com/Share-dLJZW9

  • We stayed in two different places : 1) The Green Vally Inn An ok, budget option in Nyaungshwe. Not a fancy place and you have to pay for extra for everything, e.g. air-conditioning, etc. https://www.booking.com/hotel/mm/the-green-vally-inn.en-gb.html 2) Shwe Inn Thaa Floating Resort Amazing place for sunsets on the lake! Totally mind-blowing spectacle. Resort itself is ok, it's not a very luxurious hotel but it's comfortable. Though what is tricky about staying in resorts on Inle Lake is that you're kind of like a prisoner. You are literally in the middle of a massive Lake so you're either gonna stay in the resort (and that's boring for longer than 1 day) or you have to get a taxi boat if you want to go anywhere. Worth no notice, boats are not allowed on the late after sunset when it's dark. http://www.booking.com/Share-brIlhA

  • Hotel Yadanarbon Mandalay Nice, hotel with a lovely rooftop pool. Good value for money. They also offer airport shuttles. http://www.booking.com/Share-Vr3rhO