Classic 10 Days Myanmar Travel Itinerary

Inle Lake Fisherman

This is a suggested classic ten day travel itinerary for Myanmar that includes Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan & Mandalay.


Why Travel To Myanmar

  • Beautiful Buddhist temples, monasteries & pagodas
  • Friendly & smiling locals
  • Stunning landscapes
  • Budget friendly
  • Delicious local cuisine


Best Month To Visit Myanmar

Considering the weather, the best time to visit most of Myanmar is from November to February when temperatures are relatively manageable. Keep in mind that the prices of accommodations and flights will be high during these months.


Myanmar Top Experiences 

  • Swedagon Pagoda (Yangon) in evening
  • Exploring Bagan temples
  • Inle Lake boat tour
  • Sunset at U-Bein Wooden Footbridge (Mandalay)
  • Burmese cuisine & Burmese milk tea
  • Burmese massage 
  • Friendly locals in traditional Burmese costume with 'Thanaka' painted faces


Myanmar Travel Route

 
Myanmar Travel Route

Myanmar Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Yangon
  • Day 2: Explore Yangon
  • Day 3: Explore Yangon
  • Day 4: Yangon to Inle Lake in Morning, Explore Inle lake
  • Day 5: Explore Inle Lake
  • Day 6: Inle Lake to Bagan
  • Day 7: Explore Bagan
  • Day 8: Explore Bagan 
  • Day 9: Bagan to Mandalay, Explore Mandalay
  • Day 10: Explore Mandalay 
  • Day 11: Depart from Mandalay 

If you've extra days then you can include Mount Popa.

    Day 1 - Arrive In Yangon

    After a long flight to Yangon, it would be best to relax in your hotel and recover from the jet lag. Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar and was the capital of Myanmar until 2006.If you've some energy then wander in the city and enjoy some local cuisine. Soak in and enjoy the sights of local life, street food vendors, fruit/vegetable vendors, etc.

    Best location to book your stay in Yangon is Downtown Yangon.


    Yangon Street
    Yangon Street

    Day 2 - Explore Yangon

    After a good night sleep and a hearty morning breakfast at your hotel, start your day by visiting Chauk Htat Kyi Pagoda and Ngar Htat Gyi Pagoda in morning where you'll enjoy the sight of massive Buddha statues.


    Chauk Htat Kyi Pagoda (Yangon)
    Chauk Htat Kyi Pagoda (Yangon)
    Ngar Htat Gyi Pagoda (Yangon)
    Ngar Htat Gyi Pagoda (Yangon)

    After visiting the pagodas in morning have some nice lunch at Ragoon Tea House restaurant. I would recommend some delicious Burmese Tea-Leaf salad and milk tea. After lunch join a free walking tour of Yangon. Then visit Swedagon Pagoda. I would recommend to visit Swedagon Pagoda in the evening when it is very atmospheric.


    Swedagon Pagoda (Yangon)
    Swedagon Pagoda (Yangon)

    Day 3 - Explore Yangon

    Start your morning by visiting Sule Pagoda located in the heart of downtown Yangon. Right next to Sule Pagoda is Yangon City Hall and Maha Bandula Park. Then walk to Bogyoke Aung San Market where you can buy Burmese handicraft and jewelry. Take a lunch break after visiting the market and try delicious Burmese Shan Noodles. Spend the afternoon exploring the streets of Yangon. If you're still open to visiting one more pagoda, then you can visit Botutaung Pagoda. End your day with a relaxing Burmese foot massage at a spa.


    Sule Pagoda (Yangon)
    Sule Pagoda (Yangon)
     

    Day 4 - Yangon to Inle Lake In Morning, Explore Inle Lake

    Take an early morning flight to Inle Lake (Heho airport). Inle Lake is a freshwater lake located in the Nyaungshwe township. After settling into your hotel in Nyaungshwe, explore the town in afternoon. Visit the unique Buddhist wooden temple Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung. Then book full day boat ride for the next day to explore the village life around Inle Lake. End your day with a relaxing Burmese massage at a spa.

    Best location to book your stay in Inle Lake is Nyaungshwe.


    Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung Buddhist Temple (Inle Lake)
    Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung Buddhist Temple (Inle Lake)
     

    Day 5 - Explore Inle Lake

    Meet your tour guide in morning for a full day boat tour around Inle Lake. During your boat tour you'll see silk/lotus fiber weaving workshop, Cheroot making workshop, silverware workshop, etc. You'll also see local village life over and around the lake. Along the way you'll also visit some Buddhist pagodas and monasteries. 

    Inle Lake Boat Tour
    Inle Lake Boat Tour
    Shwe Inn Dein Pagoda (Inle Lake)
    Shwe Inn Dein Pagoda (Inle Lake)

    Day 6 - Inle Lake To Bagan

    Travel to Bagan via air or road. Bagan is an UNESCO-protected ancient city which was once home to more than 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas, and monasteries constructed between 11th and 13th century. Settle into your hotel in Nyaung-U area. Explore the town of Nyaung-U in evening and enjoy a nice dinner. Book an e-bike for the next day to explore Bagan temples. If you prefer to not ride an e-bike then you could explore the temples with a tuk-tuk driver. But e-bike would give you lot more freedom to explore the temples. You could also consider hot air balloon ride over the Bagan temples (which is a bit expensive).

    Best location to book your stay in Bagan is Nyaung-U.


    Day 7 - Explore Bagan

    Begin your exploration of Bagan temples on e-bike. Explore Ananda Temple, Htilominlo, Shwezigon, Dhammayangyi, Sulamani and other temples. Finish the day with stunning sunset at a small hill near Sulamani temple.


    Sulamani Temple (Bagan)
    Sulamani Temple (Bagan)

    Bagan Sunset
    Bagan Sunset


    Day 8 - Explore Bagan

    Continue exploring Bagan temples on e-bike. Explore Thatbyinnyu Phaya TempleShwesandaw Pagoda, Thakya Hit Temple and other temples. Finish the day again with a sunset at one of the lovely sunset points.


    Thatbyinnyu Phaya Temple (Bagan)
    Thatbyinnyu Phaya Temple (Bagan)

    Swesandaw Pagoda (Bagan)
    Swesandaw Pagoda (Bagan)

    Day 9 - Bagan To Mandalay, Explore Mandalay

    Travel to Mandalay via road or boat in morning. Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar, after Yangon. Settle into your hotel in afternoon. First visit Shwenandaw Monastery which is finely carved teak wooden building. Then you'll visit Atumashi Monastery followed by Kuthodaw Pagoda which has around 1000 small Stupas. End your exploration for the day by climbing Mandalay Hill. On the hill you can visit more pagodas/monasteries and enjoy some lovely views of the city from the top.

    Shwenandaw Monastery (Mandalay)
    Shwenandaw Monastery (Mandalay)

    Stupas Of Kuthodaw Pagoda (Mandalay)
    Stupas Of Kuthodaw Pagoda (Mandalay)
     

    Day 10 - Explore Mandalay

    You'll begin your day by visiting Mahamuni Buddha Temple to see the Buddha statue with gold leaves applied by the devotees. Then take a ferry to checkout Mingun Pagoda and Mya Thein Tan Pagoda. This being the last day of your Myanmar itinerary, you can dedicate some time in the afternoon for shopping. You could also visit local Jade Market to see how the merchants make Jade deals. Then enjoy a lovely sunset at U Bein Wooden Footbridge. Later in the evening you can also visit Mintha Theater to enjoy classical Myanmar dance. 


    View From Mandalay Hill
    View From Mandalay Hill
    U Bein Wooden Footbridge (Mandalay)
    U Bein Wooden Footbridge (Mandalay)

    Mya Thein Tan Pagoda (Mandalay)
    Mya Thein Tan Pagoda (Mandalay)


    What To Shop In Myanmar

    Myanmar is known for low-priced Jade/gemstone jewelry, lacquerwareLongyi (traditionally Burmese clothing), sand painting, tapestries and gold leaf.


    Foods To Try In Myanmar

    • Tea leaf salad
    • Shan-style noodles  
    • Shan-style rice
    • Mohinga (fish noodle soup)
    • Burmese tea shop meal
    • Milk tea

            Burmese Tea-Leaf Salad & Shan Noodles
            Burmese Tea-Leaf Salad & Shan Noodles




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