12 days in Myanmar Itinerary

12 days in Myanmar Itinerary

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12 days in Myanmar Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  27 h
1
Mandalay
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
2
Bagan
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Nyaungshwe
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 45 min
4
Ngapali
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 15 min
5
Yangon (Rangoon)
— 2 nights
Fly:  22 h
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Mandalay

Mandalay ©
Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sanda Muni Paya and Maha Myat Muni Pagoda- Mahamuni Buddha Temple. Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Mandalay, make a side trip to see Soon U Ponya Shin Paya in Sagaing, approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the striking features of Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shwe In Bin Monastry.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mandalay journey planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Mandalay is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Mandalay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bagan.

Things to do in Mandalay

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Soon U Ponya Shin Paya
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sanda Muni Paya ©
Sanda Muni Paya

3
nights
Bagan

Bagan ©
The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bagan Temples and Dhammayazika Pagoda. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Manuha Temple and Gawdawpalin Temple. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Shwe-gyu-gyi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ananda Temple, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Shwe La Yaung Lacquerware Shop, and contemplate the long history of Thet Kya Muni.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bagan trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mandalay to Bagan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Nyaungshwe.

Things to do in Bagan

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
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Bagan Temples ©
Bagan Temples
Dhammayazika Pagoda ©
Dhammayazika Pagoda
Gawdawpalin Temple ©
Gawdawpalin Temple

1
night
Nyaungshwe

Nyaungshwe ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Htat Eian Cave Temple, then make a trip to Maing Thouk Village, then do a tasting at Red Mountain Estate Vineyards & Winery, and finally enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nyaungshwe planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Bagan to Nyaungshwe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ngapali.

Things to do in Nyaungshwe

Tours Outdoors Nature
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Red Mountain Estate Vineyards & Winery ©
Maing Thouk Village ©
Maing Thouk Village

1
night
Ngapali

Ngapali ©
Combining traditional rural charms with an ever-growing beach resort vibe, the fishing village of Ngapali stands out as a highlight of Myanmar's west coast.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stop by Ma Yin Yin, view the masterpieces at Ngapali Art Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ngapali Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shwe Nandaw Pagoda Hill.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ngapali trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Nyaungshwe to Ngapali takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Yangon (Rangoon).

Things to do in Ngapali

Shopping Beaches Museums

Side Trip

Thandwe
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Ngapali Beach ©
Ngapali Beach
Ngapali Art Gallery ©
Ngapali Art Gallery

2
nights
Yangon (Rangoon)

Yangon (Rangoon) ©
Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for gifts at Pomelo, take an in-depth tour of Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue, then take a stroll through Yangon Chinatown, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda, and finally enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyauk Daw Kyi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shwedagon Pagoda, and then stroll around Bogyoke Aung San Park.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yangon (Rangoon) vacation builder site .

You can fly from Ngapali to Yangon (Rangoon) in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Shwedagon Pagoda ©
Shwedagon Pagoda
Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda ©
Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda
Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue ©
Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

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