Travelling to Myanmar 2016Myanmar 2016 Travel
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Myanmar (Burma) Independent Travel - copy of our month-long seven-town itinerary
When we first visit a land and want to experience as much as possible, I take this mantras to my hearts and schedule our moves (often down to the smallest detail) in advance. I' ve had a great deal of pleasure with our journey to Myanmar on the evening before the October 2015 landmark poll.
In those days it was still difficult to find information about traveling independently in Myanmar. Our Lonely Planet was more or less pointless - when it was printed it was already outdated. Myanmar is becoming more popular with travelers to Southeast Asia and new governance is boosting the competitive position of tourist operators.
On our month-long, seven-city Myanmar route we spent 28 nights from west to west. When you' re looking for a more extensive route that gives you more free than most to explore every place - with a few quests (but never too far off the beaten track ) - maybe that's useful.
Myanmar's romantic downtown is only a stone's throw from neighboring Thailand. In Myanmar, enjoy your first afternoons on the broad boulevard of Mandalay. The Mandalay is an excellent starting point for a full excursion through the three antique Myanmar towns (which I will discover here). Take the early dawn parade to Pyin Oo Lwin - an old mountain station in the north of Shan State.
Don't be on the boat like the other passengers - get out here, rent a bike and enjoy the colder weathers. You will visit the Chinese temple, the Candacraig house and the other Orwellian houses in the afternoons. Returning on the platoon to dive further into the Shan State uplands. You' ll be spending the afternoons preparing for the morning.
Return to Mandalay by mini bus (much faster than train). Scale Mandalay Hill in the evenings for a nice look over the town. In the last afternoons you take a mini bus to Kalaw. A further stopover for the trekker, it is definitely a good idea to spend a whole days in Kalaw to visit the marvellous drying fair (packed with antiques) and the teafarm.
One of Myanmar's most famous trails is the three-day hike to Lake Inle. In my view, the best part of the hike is the finishing line - take off your boots and stack them in a small raft to cross the whole length of Inle Lake to Nyaungshwe. Luckily we arrived at Inle Lake in the midst of a buddhistic feast - otherwise we would have been three too long for us.
The Nyaungshwe has the best tourism facilities of all places on the route so far, so if you need some R&R, take an additional full night to relax and fill up with bar snacks, Sushi and cheer. The last of the afternoons you will take a JJ Express bus to Yangon.
You' re a townsman like me, you want a good stay in Yangon. For five short trips we were able to get to know the town at a good speed - although we could have made a full excursion to Kyaiktiyo or a detour to Mawlamyine. Khattar Palace $70 (by far the best accommodation we've ever been to in Myanmar - and that's it!).