30 days in Myanmar Itinerary

30 days in Myanmar Itinerary

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30 days in Myanmar Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Mandalay
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
— 2 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2 h 15 min
3
Hsipaw
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Mingun
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
5
Bagan
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Popa
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
7
Kalaw
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Nyaungshwe
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 45 min
9
Ngapali
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 15 min
10
Yangon (Rangoon)
— 7 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Brisbane

5
nights
Mandalay

Mandalay ©
Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mandalay: Sagaing (U Min Thonze Caves, Sagaing Hill, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shwenandaw Monastery, steep yourself in history at Mandalay Palace, take in the views from U Bein Bridge, and admire the striking features of Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mandalay planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Mandalay is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Myanmar Time is minus 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo).

Things to do in Mandalay

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Sagaing, U Bein Bridge
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Shwenandaw Monastery ©
Shwenandaw Monastery
Mandalay Hill ©
Mandalay Hill

2
nights
Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) ©
Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) was established by the British as a military outpost, but soon became the summer capital of British Burma, and a popular retreat for the colonial administration on account of its relatively cool and refreshing climate.
On the 8th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape of National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at All Saints Anglican Church, and finally admire the sheer force of Anisakan Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at HTOO Orange Farm and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Peik Chin Myaung Cave.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hsipaw.

Things to do in Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

Nature Parks Wildlife
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National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens ©
Spas
Anisakan Falls ©
Anisakan Falls

1
night
Hsipaw

Hsipaw ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stop by Mr Book and then stroll through Mr. Bike Hsipaw Trekking.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hsipaw vacation planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) to Hsipaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Mingun.

Things to do in Hsipaw

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Mr. Bike Hsipaw Trekking ©
Mr. Bike Hsipaw Trekking
Mr Book ©
Mr Book

2
nights
Mingun

Mingun ©
The riverside town of Mingun has a set of impressive historical structures that highlight the immense power and egocentricity of the old kings who once ruled the country.
On the 11th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Lions of Stone, then admire the striking features of Hsinbyume Pagoda, and then make a trip to Sat Taw Yar Pagode. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shin Phu Me, admire the landmark architecture of Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, then don't miss a visit to Mingun Bell, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Ayeyarwaddy River.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mingun trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Hsipaw to Mingun in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bagan.

Things to do in Mingun

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Pahtodawgyi Pagoda ©
Pahtodawgyi Pagoda
Hsinbyume Pagoda ©
Hsinbyume Pagoda
Mingun Bell ©
Mingun Bell

5
nights
Bagan

Bagan ©
The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
Spend the 17th (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Bagan Temples, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sulamani Guphaya Temple, contemplate the long history of Shwesandaw Pagoda, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bagan route site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mingun to Bagan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Popa.

Things to do in Bagan

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Bagan Temples ©
Bagan Temples
Balloon Rides
Ananda Temple ©
Ananda Temple

1
night
Popa

Popa ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Popa.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Popa attractions app .

Traveling by car from Bagan to Popa takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Kalaw.

Things to do in Popa

Nature Parks
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Mt Popa ©
Mt Popa

2
nights
Kalaw

Established by British civil servants as a summer resort, Kalaw retains much of its colonial feel.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then trek along with Hiking & Camping Tours, and then admire the landmark architecture of Kalaw Railway Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hnee Paya, make a trip to Shwe Oo Min Pagoda, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally don't miss a visit to Thein Taung Pagoda Monastery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kalaw travel route site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Popa to Kalaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nyaungshwe.

Things to do in Kalaw

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Climbing Tours
Walking tours
Shwe Oo Min Pagoda ©
Shwe Oo Min Pagoda

3
nights
Nyaungshwe

Nyaungshwe ©
Explore Nyaungshwe's surroundings by going to Taunggyi (Indein Village, Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, & more).

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nyaungshwe trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Kalaw to Nyaungshwe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ngapali.

Things to do in Nyaungshwe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Taunggyi, Yadana Man Aung Pagoda
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Inle Lake ©
Inle Lake
Indein Village ©
Indein Village
Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung ©
Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): stop by MiMi Souvenir Shop, then stroll through Ngapali Beach, then don't miss a visit to Linthar English School, and finally kick back and relax at Kanthaya Beach.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ngapali vacation planner .

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 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Yangon (Rangoon).

Things to do in Ngapali

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ngapali Beach ©
Ngapali Beach
MiMi Souvenir Shop ©
MiMi Souvenir Shop

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Yangon (Rangoon) side-trips: Bogyoke Aung San Market (in Pabedan) and Shwemawdaw Paya (in Bago). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Shwedagon Pagoda, get engrossed in the history at National Museum, walk around Kandawgyi Park, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yangon (Rangoon) day trip website .

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 your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Shwemawdaw Paya, Bogyoke Aung San Market
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Shwedagon Pagoda ©
Shwedagon Pagoda
Sule Pagoda ©
Sule Pagoda
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha ©
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha

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