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Catch the highlights of Myanmar with this easy-to-follow itinerary.
In order to fully experience the breadth and depth of this beautiful country, one week is certainly not enough. However, if that’s all the time you can spare, worry not. With this itinerary, you can still get acquainted with some of Myanmar’s highlights, including the famed city of Bagan and the gorgeous Inle Lake area. To save time, we recommend booking domestic flights to get from one region to another. Travelling around the country is now a breeze with FlyMya, the country’s first and most comprehensive fare-compare website. On this website, you can check flight schedules for every domestic airline as well as book tickets via Paypal and Myanmar Payment Union (MPU). Plus, you can also book all-inclusive tour packages for day-trips in Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, and the Heho region. Best of all, Flymya also guarantees the cheapest flights available – the site currently processes more than 1, 000 flight bookings a month!
Ready for an unforgettable trip? Let’s go!
Day 1: Singapore to Yangon
Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar, and there’s plenty to do and see! Kick off your sightseeing at the Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda (a huge reclining Buddha) followed by Karaweik Hall, a Royal floating barge on the Royal Lake. Of course, no visit to Myanmar is complete without a visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, beautifully described by British playwright W. Somerset Maugham as such, “The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city.”
Day 2: Yangon to Bagan
From Yangon, catch an early morning flight to Bagan so that you can enjoy a full day of sightseeing in this ancient city. Sprawled across 104km² are thousands of temples, stupas, and monasteries dating back to as far as 1, 000 years. Whether you choose to get around on foot, bicycle, motorbike, or horse-and-cart, you’ll feel like you’re travelling through time as you explore these architectural marvels. Be sure not to miss the sunset from atop a temple – the view alone will make your entire trip worth it.
Day 3: Bagan to Mandalay
In the morning, board your flight to Mandalay, the second-largest and last royal capital of Myanmar. When you arrive, hire a driver to take you to Amarapura, also known as the “City of Immortals”, where you can visit the 150-year-old Mahagandayon monastery, which is still home to a thousand monks. Other must-do activities in Mandalay include U Bein wooden bridge, which was built over 150 years ago but still very much in use, a visit to Dee Doke Waterfall, and of course, a traipse up Mandalay Hill for a panoramic view of the city.
Day 4: Day trip to Mingun
After a hearty local breakfast of chapati (the Chapati Stand at 27th and 82nd comes highly recommended by Lonely Planet), drive to the Kywezon jetty and hop onto a local riverboat to the ancient capital of Mingun. Located about one hour away, Mingun is where you can visit the Settawya Pagoda, the colossal Mingun Bell, and the Hsinbyume Pagoda, which is an exquisite reproduction of the mythological Mt. Meru.
Day 5: Mandalay to Inle Lake
In the morning, board your flight to Heho, located in the Shan State region. From there, head to Nyaung Shwe, a small town at the northern end of Inle Lake. Take a boat out for an excursion on the spectacular Inle Lake, where you can spot the famous one-leg rowers and other local methods of fishing and village life. The tranquil boat journey will also take you to various artisan workshops where you can visit cigar makers, weavers, jewellery makers, blacksmiths, and boat builders.
Day 6: Inle Lake to Yangon
Get up bright and early for a morning excursion to Indein, located an hour’s drive away, to visit the breathtakingly beautiful Bagan- and Shan-style pagodas, built several centuries ago. After lunch, head over to Heho airport for your afternoon flight back to Yangon.
Day 7: Yangon to Singapore
If you want a break from sightseeing, why not take a stroll around the downtown area and visit the cavernous Bogyoke Market? Here, you’ll find everything from antiques to Burmese handicrafts and jewelry as well as art galleries and clothing stores. Now that you’re back in bustling Yangon, take the opportunity to savour as much of the local street food as you can before you transfer to Yangon International Airport for your flight home.