Most visits to Myanmar need a travel itinerary: the sheer size of this incredible country makes it an intimidating and overwhelming place to visit. Myanmar is by far the biggest of the classic ‘South-East Asia backpacker’ countries and sadly ignored on the classic travel itinerary. Domestic flights aren’t budget-friendly and much of the country is restricted. Travel time (normally via bus) is notoriously slow.
It’s the iconic Myanmar shot: Inle Lake fisherman tiptoeing on the edge of their boat. We’ve all seen it. The round hat, traditional clothing and deadly concentration, all of it dangling delicately over the lake below. It’s true that Inle Lake is the most touristy destination in Myanmar and perhaps the most developed. But don’t let this put you off. ‘Touristy’ in Myanmar isn’t quite the same as in other South East Asian countries, and there’s still plenty to see around Inle Lake.
The number of things to do in Hpa-an means that you would be crazy to skip it on your Myanmar trip.
With outrageous limestone mountains, seriously rewarding hiking, vivid green rice terraces, and caves crammed full with more bats than you’ll believe, Hpa-an is an enjoyable extension to the typical backpacker ‘kite’ itinerary in Myanmar. Read more “WIT: Things to Do Hpa-an: Caves, Pagodas, & a Special Sunrise”
The trekking in Hsipaw was one of the highlights of our entire Myanmar trip. Wild, authentic and with sweeping views of the Shan State mountains, Hsipaw is, unfortunately, the skipped by many backpackers in pursuit of the classic Kalaw – Inle walk.
Looking for a quick Mandalay itinerary? At some point on your trip through Myanmar, you will find yourself in Mandalay. Centrally located and the country’s second-largest city, it’s normally an incredibly convenient changeover, particularly if you’re travelling east to west or vice versa. Read more “Mandalay Itinerary: Perfect 2 Days”
The temples of Bagan are the dramatic backdrop for the postcard-picture of Burma. Hundreds of hot air balloons above thousands of age-old temples, morning mist sits on the pagoda peaks. Bagan is perhaps the must-visit destination in the country. Make the most of your time there with this ultimate guide to the temples of Bagan.
Turning from 14th street on to Anawratha Road, we aim for the Chinatown market. Amazingly the narrow pavement still splits in to distinct sections; see the timber zone; the lighting zone; the soft-toy zone and the clothing zone; there’s a boy not 12, with his hands oiled up dirty and all alone.
If you’re considering a Myanmar boycott, it might be worth reading on. This post hopes to give you enough information to decide whether or not you should boycott Myanmar.
First thing first: WITRAG travel absolutely denounce the abhorrent crimes being committed against the Rohingya people by the Burmese government. Yes – still being committed. Like many back home we read about the murder, gangrape, and violent displacement of roughly 600,000 people from their home in Rakhine state.