Myanmar was one of the countries where we didn't really now what to expect. It openend its doors for tourists not to long a go and therefor it is a country that still has a lot of its own purity. We made a map of our route so you can easily see which stops we made.
We flew from Bangkok to Yangon, where our Myanmar adventure began. Yangon is busy, crowded, dusty and you need some adjusting before you start appreciating this city. After spending some days here, we continued our trip to Kin Pun, where we visited the Golden Rock. This is one of the three most sacred places in Myanmar, but was a bit of a disappointment. To us, it wasn't that special.
Next stop was Mawlamyine, which was surprisingly nice. We drove around on a motorbike and really loved the surroundings. From there, we took a boat to Hpa-An, which is a nice trip. In Hpa-An, we rented a motorbike again and really enjoyed our time there. A great place to visit!
From Hpa-An we took a nightbus to Kalaw, where we started our trekking to Inle Lake. This trekking is really popular, and
that's for a reason. The surroundings are, again, beautiful and it is worth the blisters we got. We spent some time at Inle Lake, where we
did another boat ride and visited the local market. We reached Bagan by nightbus.
Bagan is famous for its temples and really worth visiting. We did some sunrises and sunsets and drove around on an e-bike. Great fun. After that, Mandalay was on the program. We visited some of the highlights and less visited places there, before heading to Pyin Oo Lwin. One of the best things we did there, was the trainride to Hsipaw. It crosses the Gokteik Viaduct which is really high. From there, after spending some time in Hsipaw, we took the train back to Mandalay where we took the plane back to Bangkok.
E-visa Myanmar € 45,16 p.p.
We spent 24 days in Myanmar out of the 28 days that we were allowed to with our visa. We didn't really travel that fast and had enough time in every city to do what we wanted to do. You can easily do our route in 3 weeks, maybe even 2,5 week. Especially if you skip Kin Pun.
In the 24 days we were here, our average daily spendings come down to 32.557 Kyat (= € 22,84) p.p. Keep in mind that traveling with someone else can be cheaper because you can share a room. Unless you don't mind sleeping in dorms, than it even can be cheaper to travel alone.
Within this budget we integrate all costs such as ATM costs, the entrance fees to Bagan and Inle Lake and the Kalaw to Inle Trekking. How did we spent our money? We slept in some pretty cheap guesthouses where we often shared the bathroom. There wasn't that much street food but eating out in the little restaurants is really cheap here.
Hopefully our information is useful to future Myanmar travelers. If you have any questions, don't hesitate and let us know!