Touring Myanmar can be one of the most exciting experiences you’ll ever have in your lifetime. Because of the increasing number of tourists flocking to the country every year, travel and touring agencies have sprouted everywhere to provide affordable and competitive services to people like you.
Don’t get confused with the long list of service providers in Myanmar offering vacation itineraries ranging from 2 to 13 days or more in varying prices because you need to make up your mind first on what you want to do in Myanmar and the places that you really want to visit.
If you are just planning to stay in the country for a few days, then you should search for a 2 to 3 day tour. Here is a sample 3-day vacation itinerary in Bagan.
Day 1: Old Bagan Bicycle Exploration
Bagan is a remote area in Myanmar and definitely one of the hardest to reach destinations, so if you want to experience enjoyment and solitude at the same time, you can have much of the place to yourself. You can rent a bicycle and start exploring Bagan in its ancient haunting beauty and completeness. You will also see thousands of crumbling pagodas along the stretch.
Day 2: Exploring the Rural Villages and Mount Popa
An ancient volcano that exudes mysterious charm, Mount Popa is a popular tourist spot in Myanmar. At the top, you will find the Popa Taung Kalat Monastery that serves as the abode of the 37 Nats, the ancient spirits that guard the area. Pilgrims from all around Myanmar travel to Mount Popa and offer gifts to the Nats for spiritual assistance of different forms.
Day 3: Temple Hopping
On your third day of stay in Bagan, you can hire a tour guide who can speak English to take you to some of the popular temples in the area. The main temples in Bagan are the Ananda Temple, Dhammayangyi, Shwezigon Paya, and the Thatbyinnyu.
If you have the luxury of time and you can spend around 4 to 5 days in Myanmar, avail of a 4-day vacation tour. Take a look at this sample 4-day itinerary at the Lu Ping Festival, which will take place in the month of November.
Day 1: Taunggyi
Arrival at the Heho airport then transfer to Taunggyi. Preparations for the festival will be observed in the afternoon and you will spend the night in Taunggyi.
Day 2: Tour in Taunggyi-Inle Lake-Taunggyi
Breakfast will be served at the hotel and a day visit to Inle Lake will transpire. The afternoon and evening will be spent to observe the Lu Ping Festival. Overnight in Taunggyi.
Day 3: Taunggyi
Enjoy Lu Ping Festival with the music and dance performances and the hot air balloon contests. Overnight in Taunggyi.
Day 4: Taunggyi-Heho
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Heho for your flight.
If you can spend a longer time in the country, get the 5-day vacation tour. This is a sample 5-day itinerary that you can check out before flying to Myanmar.
Day 1: Yangon Arrival Day
Upon arrival at the Yangon International Airport, a local representative of the tour agency will meet you at the airport then transfer you to a hotel in the city. You can explore Yangon after checking-in at the hotel and spend your night in here.
Day 2: Yangon-Bagan Tour
Breakfast in the hotel before the early morning pick up and transfer to the airport for your Bagan flight. Check-in in a hotel before starting the sightseeing excursion at the Bagan Archaeological Zone World Heritage Area. In the afternoon, you will visit the lacquerware workshops, Manuha Temple, Ananda Temple, and other sights before going back to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 3: Bagan-Heho-Inle Lake Tour
Breakfast in the hotel before the flight to Heho. Upon arrival, you will be transferred by road to Inle Lake to check-in in your hotel. The afternoon will be spent visiting the villages and handicrafts workshops. You can also observe the fisher folks in their fishing farms. You will visit the Phaungdawoo Pagoda. Overnight stay in Inle Lake.
Day 4: Inle Lake- Heho-Yangon Tour
After breakfast in the hotel, you will visit the floating market and the Indein Pagoda Complex. After lunch, you will be transferred to Heho airport for a return flight to Yangon where you will be spending the day after checking-in in a hotel. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 5: Yangon Tour-End of Tour
Breakfast in the hotel before the commencement of the full-day city tour in Yangon. You will visit the Shwedagon Pagoda and continue to Karaweik. You will also visit the Chaukhtutgyi Paya where the giant reclining Buddha is located. After your lunch, you can go to Bogyoke Aung San Market for some souvenir hunting and shopping.
You can fill your itinerary with all the things that are of interest to you. Just make sure that you have enough budget to fund all your planned activities and be resourceful and creative to make your vacation more exciting. Whatever vacation itinerary you choose, it’s guaranteed that you will enjoy gallivanting around Myanmar!