I also spent 10 days there, and our itinerary was:
2 days in yangon
overnight bus to mandalay
2 -3 days there, exploring mandalay and nearby ancient cities
2-3 days bagan
bus to Inle lake
fly back to yangon
it is dangerous near the border but you would have no need to go there anyway. you can enter myanmar overland from China and there is a border crossing with thailand that is open, but you can only enter so far by land and then you have to fly as that part of the country is off limits to foreigners, so you are better off flying direct from Bangkok to Yangon with Air Asia or Bangkok airways.
Catch a flight, they are cheap enough. Look into the Bangkok Airways airpass if you will be in the region for any time. Good luck and have fun!
A flight is much safer than a border crossing, and you dont risk being turned away.
And might i recommend Kyaiktiyo, the Golden Rock, which is a day trip from Yangon. Air conditioned buses go there from Yangon, or you could catch a train from Bago, which is a looong process as you would need to show yr passport and wait a few days to get your tickets. Alternatively if u have some spare cash u could always hire a driver for the 300km (Yangon and back) journey, this will set you back about ~ USD 130, as gasoline is rather expensive in Burma. Anyway, im sure you'll have fun in Burma, the Burmese people are really amazing.
thanks for all the replies guys, sounds like a great place! i think im probably gonna go now. can u recommend the best things to see there in about a 10 day time frame?
to answer your question Mel, an english guy thats been working in chang mai for a few years said it was a bit dangerous around the north of the country near the border with a lot of military activity! would you recommend entering over land or should i just try and catch a flight??
Yes, I believe this is true, but would not really affect you as a tourist as they restrict where you are allowed to travel. I visited a town called Kyaing Tong in the north on the border of China and Thailand, and it is my understanding that there is still some government opposition in the area, and possible drug trafficking as well. But again, to get there, I was required to fly in due to foreign traveller restrictions. You can cross the border up there from Thailand, but then you are restricted to a visa that only allows you to stay in that vicinity for a short period of time. I met several travellers who had entered there and were quite unhappy about it. The best bet is to fly into Yangon on the 21 day visa that allows you to travel to all of the places that are not restricted to foreigners.
A bit strange I know, but Myanmar is well worth it.
I also agree with many of the responses: a very safe and friendly country. By all means go and visit - and get off the main tourist circuit and explore more of each town and lesser known destinations. I think Myanmar is the most interesting of all the Asian countries.