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10 Days in Myanmar
Myanmar, known as Burma too, is a relatively new country to visit. This is one of the aspects that makes it so fascinating. You get to experience the purest corner of Asia. Myanmar has opened its borders in 2012 and since then it has become a growing tourist destination.
The country is quite big, so you will need to plan your time perfect. I would suggest you spend here at least 2 weeks to see all the highlights. If you are short on time, like we were, you can try to see as much as you can in 10 days!
Ready to start planning? Here is a little more about my 10 day itinerary and all the amazing stops we did!
There are so many things to do and see in Myanmar, from the amazing temples in Bagan to some of the most beautiful beaches in Asia! With so many incredible places to visit, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular country to visit.
Getting to Myanmar is quite easy nowadays, with so many flights available. Also the visa process is quite simple. You will have to apply for it online, on their official government website. Pay extra attention in choosing your point of entry in order to plan your itinerary accordingly.
Traveling through Myanmar is good, but it is quite slow. This means you will have to reserve some time for traveling around the country. And we all know how frustrating that is, especially when you have a tight schedule!
Day 1-2: Mandalay
Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar. This or Yangon will be your start point, as these are the only points of entry through air transfer. For us, it was easier to reach Mandalay, as we were connecting in Bangkok and this one had a much better connection time.
Mandalay is packed with things to do and temples to visit, one of them being a giant earthquake-cracked stupa. If you are a book nerd like me, you will love to see “the world largest book”. This is not an actual book, but a pagoda with 729 stone inscriptions containing the complete text of the most sacred Buddhist text.
Not to forget about the amazingly beautiful white temples that you will find in Mandalay. I think these were my favorite spots for pictures, as everything was looking so perfect!
Read More: Mandalay in 2 days
Day 3-6: Bagan
From Mandalay move to Bagan which is at a 4h bus ride away. Bagan is a place that will make you feel like a fairytale character! Especially if you visit when the hot air balloons are flying over these approximately 2200 temples. You will never forget the views you get here!
Start being an early person and go see one of the most beautiful sunrises in the world, overlooking thousands of temples. For sunset gather your strengths and climb up the 777 steps to the top of Mt Popa. Yes, you will bump into tours and crowds at the most popular spots, but they can be avoided. Pedal off on an electronic scooter and have your own adventure in the middle of all these temples.
Keep in mind that during the day it can get quite hot. So plan your sightseeings in the morning and late afternoons, while the rest of your day you relax by the pool!
Read More: 4 days in Bagan
Day 7-9: Ngapali Beach
From Bagan, save some time and take an airplane to Thandwe Airport. Here you will find some very beautiful beaches, one of them being Ngapali Beach! Every time I think of its name, Naples comes to my mind. A totally different setting, but quite the same vibe. It will be the perfect getaway location and a chance to wind down.
Relax here after all the traveling that you did on the last few days. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can always try snorkeling, fishing boat trips, kayaking or even scuba diving. But my favorite activities here are sunbathing and sipping fresh coconut juice!
Be prepare to taste some of the best seafood here. From resort restaurants to family restaurants, I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed. My advice: try some family run restaurants! The food was amazing all the time and fresh, as the father and son goes fishing every morning to stock up the restaurant!
Day 10: Yangon
Before leaving Myanmar, visit its capital city too. We had to skip this, as we had to catch a flight to Cambodia a little bit earlier than planned. Spend this day walking around the historic downtown area, chill out beside Kandawgyi Lake and then watch the sunset at Shewedagon Pagoda.
You can also try the most recommended restaurant in Yangon: Rangoon Tea House. Since we hadn’t had the chance to do it, let us know if it lives up to the expectations!
You have more time? Make it a 2 weeks in Myanmar itinerary
If you have more time, add one more day for visiting Yangon and another few days for visiting Inle Lake. As you fly to Ngapali Beach, the plane makes a stop at Heho Airport. Get down here and spend a few days exploring these floating villages and experience the daily life of locals.
It is quite interesting to see how locals go fishing on their boats or work at their floating gardens. Consider a few day hikes as well to explore the more remote corners of the lake. After this short stop, you can take the airplane to Ngapali Beach.
This would have been my favorite itinerary if I had available more than 10 days in Myanmar!
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What are your favorite places in Myanmar? Let me know in the comments below!
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission if you make a purchase. The income goes to keep this site updated and free for everyone! Rest assured, these are products and services that I love and use all the time.