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Suggestion for Myanmar trip

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1. Posted by sebelasgal (Budding Member 57 posts) 2y

Greetings from Jakarta :)

I have a plan to travel in Myanmar this coming October.

I have two options for my itinerary, either I go to Inle Lake or skip it.

Without Inle Lake:
Kuala Lumpur - Yangoon : flight, stay 1 night
Yangoon - Mandalay : night bus, is the schedule confirmed at ETD 21:30 ETA 06:00?, stay 2 nights
Mandalay - Bagan : night bus, is the schedule confirmed at ETD 22:00 ETA 03:00?, stay one night
Bagan - Yangoon : night bus again but I haven't had the schedule yet, anyone knows?
Yangoon - Kuala Lumpur: evening flight

With Inle Lake:
Kuala Lumpur - Yangoon : flight, stay 1 night
Yangoon - Bagan : night bus, is the schedule confirmed at ETD 19:00 ETA 04:00?, stay 1 night
Bagan - Mandalay : night bus, is the schedule confirmed at ETD 21:30 ETA 05:00?, stay 2 nights
Mandalay - Inle Lake : night bus again is the schedule confirmed at ETD 19:00 ETA 04:00?, stay 1 night
Inle Lake - Yangoon : night bus again is the schedule confirmed at ETD 19:00 ETA 06:00?, stay 1 night
Yangoon - Kuala Lumpur: evening flight

Please suggest should I need to change any routes or not to have a great bus journey :)

What do you recommend to see or do in Inle Lake that'll make me made up my mind to go there?

Thanks a lot!
Seli

2. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 430 posts) 2y

This really is a whistle-stop tour of Burma. I hope you realise that the night buses often play loud videos through most of the journey and, because it's night, you can't see much out of the windows once it get dark. Since you have so little time in Burma, internal flights might be a more convenient option.

If you had more time, say five days to a week longer, you could catch the boat from Mandalay down to Bagan and you could also do the trek from Kalaw to Lake Inle. Lake Inle is big and there is a fair amount to see but some of it is a bit touristy and tacky (the cigar making, the cat monastery). Unless you have more time, I suggest you miss out Lake Inle and spend more time on the destinations you name.

Either way, enjoy Burma! :)

3. Posted by sebelasgal (Budding Member 57 posts) 2y

Hi, thanks for replying.

No one had told me about the loud videos, but I've traveled by night buses within Indonesia :) so I'll be alright on that matter.

Few other people already mentioned about this touristic Inle Lake, I'll think it over.
The boat trip sounds interesting, let me see if I can make it.

Cheers :)

4. Posted by Cumeneamord (Inactive 4 posts) 2y

Myanmar sounds fun! Have a happy trip!