Can anyone suggest an itinerary for 7 full days in Myanmar without flying (or limit to one flight apart from the international). I want to cram as much in as I can in to my short visit keeping in mind that I will be going in the rainy season from July 22 - July 29.
From my research it looks like flights doing Yangon-Bagon-Mandalay - Inle Lake - Yangon would be impossible seeing I really only have 7 full days but need to be back in Yangon on the 7th for my flight out of the country which leaves at 0835am.
Is it cheap and easy in Myanmar to arrange multi-day tours or is this something that is best done and about the same price if done before arriving?
It seems to be hard to book any internal flights online. Is it easy and reasonably cheap to just rock up at the airport counter (Amazing Race style) and just get on the next flight out or is it very pricey trying to do it like that in Myanmar?
Any other advise for Myanmar would be great.
Yangon-Bagan-Yangon if only have 7 days would be my suggestion (depending on weather as Bagan in the wet would be bloody awful I think).
I can hopefully help with internal flights on Mandalay Airlines if I can find the email address.
Organised from Perth and rep fronted up at Yangon hotel with tickets and I handed over ???USD.
Much better airline than the government one.
Want suggestion on hotels?
In a week you could still see a fair bit so I would suggest something like this:
1 day Yangon
Overnight bus to Mandalay
2 days Mandalay – 1 day in the city and a day to explore the ancient surrounding towns (hire a driver for this).
Boat to Bagan, or fly. Unfortunately the boat is government run though.
2 -3 days in Bagan
Back to Yangon via overnight bus or plane. I flew with Air Bagan and they were fine – modern aircraft and privately owned. Try and avoid the national airline (Myanmar Airways I think they’re called) as it’s government run and has a poor safety record anyway.
I wasn’t that keen on Yangon and I’d spend minimal time there due to your schedule but make sure you see Shwedagon Paya both and night and during the day if possible.
In Yangon I stayed at Motherland 2 Inn – it was pretty good and they can book onward transport for you.
Change your money to kyat on the street once you get to Yangon; you will be regularly approached by money- changers asking if you want to do this. Apparently the rate at the airport is pretty bad.
We booked our flight from Bagan to Yangon at an office in Bagan a few days before - not sure how it work just turning up.