Myanmar Yangon Travel GuideYangon Myanmar travel guide
Myanmar, or Burma, is a southeast Asian state. Myanmar can be reached either by plane or by coach from Thailand (cheapest option). Yangon is the most frequent point of departure for a tour of Myanmar, often followed by Mandalay, Bagan and Lake Inle.
While there are many other nice places to see in the countryside, let's hold on to this route. Yangon is easily reached by bus and air every day from and to Bangkok. The Yangon is messy, congested and noisy.
Further beloved sights are the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha, the Marienkirche and the Botahtaung Pagoda. Myanmar accommodation is not as inexpensive as in neighboring lands, especially in Yangon, where prices are even higher and a $20 per room of 2m per room only! The overnight prices refer to a room with two beds and bed and breakfast.
If you travel through Myanmar by coach, you can always select between two types of buses: the regular coach and the JJExpress Company V.I.P. Van. A Yangon to Mandaly trip to Mandaly is about $15.00 per passenger and lasts nine hour. You can buy a Myanmarbus tickets on the Myanmarbusticket website or directly in Yangon at Aung Mingler Railway Station.
In case you can't get to it, ask your hotel: As a rule, your ticket will also be sold. Myanmar's second biggest town, Mandalay is home to the world's oldest teak wooden footbridge and the biggest guide in the game. It' s a must to travel around the countryside and probably one of the most beautiful places to visit.
A motorcycle rental is the best way to discover and experience this wonderful area of Myanmar (approx. 6000 - 8000 Kyat per day), to go on tour early in the mornings and to be back at the airport after sundown. Several places are deserving a stay, but 2-3 working nights should be enough.
Zhwenandaw Kyaung, Sandamuni Pagoda and Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda are just a few of them, but check out the famed Kuthodaw Pagoda, also known as the greatest pagoda ever. After a hearty Myanmar breakfasts, take it slow and enjoy the early hours to explore Mandalay Hill and its magnificent abbeys and cloisters.
There is much to see, but be sure to go to Bagaya Monastery, Maha Aungmye Bonzan, Daw Gyan and Shwezigon Paya. The overnight prices refer to a room with two beds and bed and breakfast. From Mandaly to Bagan the price for a five-hour trip is approximately $9.00 per passenger.
You can buy a Myanmarbusetcket directly from the Myanmarbusticket website or directly in Mandalay at Chan May Shwe Pyi Highway Station. In case you can't get to it, ask your hotel: As a rule, your concert passes will also be sold. There is no Myanmar journey without a visit to Bagan, where the highest concentrations of Buddhaist religion on the globe are found (about 2,200).
When you reach Bagan, you will have to start with a starting money of 25. 1000 MPC ('000), which gives you the liberty to stay in the area for five nights. Most worthwhile thing to do in Bagan, and probably on most pail listings out there, is definitely to see the sun rise over the temple.
The accommodations and dining areas are divided into two major areas, New Bagan and Nyaung U. Nyaung U has a better selection of dining and some interesting stores such as the Umbrella Showroom (picture below). The overnight prices refer to a room with two beds and bed and breakfast. From Bagan to Lake Ile, a $15.00 per passenger per hour trip is available for a full eight hour trip.
You can buy a Myanmar bus pass on the Myanmar Bus website or directly in Bagan at the Bagan Shwe Pyi Highway Bus Terminal. In case you can't get to it, ask your hotel: As a rule, your concert passes will also be sold. Lake Inle is the ideal place for the final fish.
There' is a 12. 500 MKK registration charge (around $10. 00) for the area you are paying when you enter Nyaung Shwe, a small city by the sea with budgets pubs and accomodations. There is a great deal to see here too, but if you are short of material, you should definitely go to the Ywama and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda villages.
If you plan to visit Kalaw during your journey, there is a 3-day (60 km) hiking tour with a personal tour leader to Lake Inle (about $35 for the whole hike). There is a native cook who will cook every day for breakfasts, lunches and dinners and someone will take your large luggage to your Nyaung Shwe hotels.
The overnight prices refer to a room with two beds and bed and breakfast. There is a fare of about $20 for a Nyaung Shwe to Yangon-USB. You can buy a Nyaung Shwe travel pass using the Myanmarbusticket website or directly in Nyaung Shwe. Ask your hotel: you usually resell them.
This Myanmar tour guidebook will hopefully give you an impression of what to look forward to and how to organise your journey through the state. If you have any other questions about Myanmar, please feel free to write a review and I will be glad to help you!