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The Best of Myanmar

Incredible Myanmar in just under 1 month

alyssazara
by alyssazaraAbout Me:My name is Alyssa - I'm a 24 year old Australian currently travelling in South America. After completing a 6 month exchange program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I have decided to defer my final year of my degree and spend another year in th... read more

AsiaMyanmar (Burma)25 days / November 2018

Highs & Lows

Sunrise in Bagan! Absolutely spectacular

Not having time to make it down South to the beaches

Itinerary Overview

The two weeks I spent in Myanmar were absolutely breathtaking - I cannot recommend visiting this incredible country more than enough! Having only recently opened up to tourism in comparison to its' Asian neighbours, the country maintains a sentiment of authenticity and feels somewhat untouched by the tourism industry. The Burmese are incredibly kind and welcoming people - if for a second you look lost on the street you will have a crowd of people looking to help you with directions. Not to forget the incredible natural and man-made sites the country has to offer. Most incredible of these is undoubtedly the ancient city of Bagan - a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site situated in the open plains of the countries' interior sprinkled with thousands of ancient Buddhist temples. The country also offers incredible cities, lakes, temples, rivers, jungle, beaches, amongst countless points of appeal, as well as a diverse and flavour-rich cuisine.

(I do write this with full awareness of the current political situation and ongoing advice that the country is currently an unsafe place to travel to - as of Jan 2023). 

  • 3 Nights: Yangon
    Pagodas, bustling streets, busy markets - so many things to feast the eyes on!
  • 4 Nights: Old Bagan
    Pagodas pagodas pagodas!! (And more pagodas)
  • 4 Nights: Hsipaw
    Incredible jungle and natural scenes
  • 14 Nights: Nyaungshwe
    The incredible scenery around (and within) the famous Inle Lake

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    More time!! The south of Myanmar hosts an incredible coastline that I would have loved to explore.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Some of the bus journeys were delayed by many hours - something I did not take into account in terms of checking into hostels (a lot of them don't have 24 hour reception). Fortunately staff were able to let me in but something to be mindful of!

  • How was the food?

    Any street stall sells incredible food!! But be careful - the Burmese don't take spice lightly

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Get yourself out there and be warm and open to interactions with the people of Myanmar! The Burmese are incredibly lovely people, take the opportunity to speak with them and learn from them.

  • Packing tips?

    Dress respectfully - as a woman I made sure I covered my chest and legs. However it could get quite hot so I do recommend light and free-flowing clothing.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Buses are generally the best way to get around the country - cheap and reliable!

  • Any surprises?

    The cuisine! So many

  • Booking details?

    Booking on location generally is fine - there is normally availability and prices do not change.

Lodging