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Myanmar backpacking in 16 jours!
Neither of us are big admirers of towns, so we spent only one evening in Yangon and travelled to Mandalay the next morning. Taken the low-cost carrier Jetstar from Singapore and landed at Yangon International Airport. We' ve reserved a room at the Yangon Regency Hotel, 127 Sin Oh Dan Street, Chinatown, Downtown Yangon via agoda.com.
We recommend it if you don't have to pay the high costs. So we took the very recommendable circuit line trainer, which only costs us $1 a piece! Keep in mindful that the pull switch personnel will pay all your $1 invoices and refuse any touch with a light crease or blot.
From Yangon to Mandalay we took a JJ Express to Mandalay with the JJ Express to Mandalay. Yangon Regency Hotel's courteous personnel assisted us in arranging coach reservations. Luckily we stayed in one of the most recommend guesthouses in Mandalay - Yoe Yoe Lay Guesthouse.
The best part is that your guest house is one of the lowest priced in Mandalay. Things we have done: Please be aware that for some of the Mandalay rides like the Royal Palace, the Kuthodaw Pagoda and the Shwe Nandaw Kyaung Temple there is an entry charge of $10. On the first outing we cycled through Mandalay and went to the Royal Palace and the Atumashi Monastery.
In Mandalay on our second morning we split a cab with 3 other back packers who also spent the night at Yoe Yoe Lay Guesthouse. I took a daily shuttle from Mandalay to Hsipaw. At about 9 o'clock the coach departed and arrived Hsipaw at about 19 o'clock. A different back packer advised us to go to Mr. Charles Guesthouse and we agreed to follow his suggestion.
All we have done (read here about our Hsipaw-Trek experience!): With a lot of feed-back from other travelers we chose the 3d2n-Trek in Hsipaw. Originally we wanted to make the much praised hike from Kalaw to Inle Sea, but we were said that the hike in Hsipaw was less touristic and more genuine.
We organised our backpacking tour from our guest house and we could find 6 more people. At least 4 people are required for this 3D2D itinerary. From Hsipaw by rail to Pyin Oo Lwin (940 to 16h) and over the renowned Goteik viaduct (highest railroad in Myanmar).
When we got off the bus we took a joint transfer to Mandalay station, where we took a night-trip to Bagan. The night from Mandalay to Bagan (9 pm to 4 am) was a really interesting one. We' re at the Winner Guesthouse and it wasn't that hard. Although Bagan is quite small and you can get from one end to the other by bicycle.
Explore Bagan on an electronic bicycle and explore the town looking for the ideal place to watch the sun rise. otairballoon ( see our experiences here!) - book our ballooning with Eastern Safaris, a renowned and recommendable organizer. To be frank, Inle Lake is one of our least popular places in Myanmar.
We took the Bagan nocturnal coach (19:00-6:00). Since we did not reserve our accomodation in advanced, most of the guest houses were already full Our pick up trucker suggested the "Blissful Hotel", which costs us $25 per room per day. There is not much to do in the Inle Sea except for the commercialized cruise to this area.
From Inle Lake we took the Inle Lake V.I.P. coach (19:00-6:00). By chance we looked for a guest house and found "Chan Myae Guesthouse". In spite of the long staircase that you have to reach the front desk, we suggest this guest house!