Any and all advice considered ,attractions, accommodation and travel.I am a senior male so most 'out there ' adventure stuff would not be applicable.
For 18 days, this is my suggestion :
Day 01: Yangon arrival
Day 02: Yangon - Golden Rock
Day 03: Golden rock - Bago - Yangon
Day 04: Yangon. Overnight train to Bagan
Day 05: Bagan
Day 06: Bagan
Day 07: Bagan ferry whole day to Mandalay
Day 08: Mandalay city tour
Day 09: Mandalay city tour
Day 10: Mandalay - Pyn Oo Lwin
Day 11: Pyn Oo Lwin - Hispaw
Day 12: Hispaw Trekking
Day 13: Hispaw trekking - Mandalay
Day 14: Mandalay - Nyang Shwe by bus
Day 15: Inle Lake
Day 16: Inle Lake
Day 17: Inle Lake - Yangon by bus
Day 18: Yangon departure
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www.myanmartours.asia about 5 years ago
Been to Burma on a number of occasions ...
I'd skip 'Golden Rock' as its very touristy. And I'd also suggest you avoid going anywhere by bus as it takes ages and isn't a good use of your time. Flying is much faster and easier and although there are some risks, we did this with our family a couple of years ago without any issues.
While i wont give you a day by day itinerary, here are my suggestions:
- allow for at least 2 or 3 trips to the Swedagon Pagoda in Yangon. It's an amazing temple and rewards slow quiet observation at different times of the day. If you of an evening they often light prayer candles and its astonishingly atmospheric.
- for a little more adventure, cross the river by ferry and get a taxi or hire car to drive you off into the delta. You'll get a feel for the country even if there is nothing explicit to 'see'
- from Mandalay, there are a couple of excellent day trips. Try hiring a car for the day and exploring Amarapura ... Loads of temples and a famous pedestrian bridge that is very atmospheric at sunset.
- if you want to see what The beaches of Thailand were like about 30 years ago, fly up to Napali. Quiet and undeveloped beach resort. (Or was anyway).
- Of course you have to visit Bagan with its plain of temples. We cycled around morning and evening. Again, Bagan rewards time. If you get a chance, head down to the river to explore.
- and of course there is Inle Lake. Pretty touristy these days but its still fun to explore by boat anyway and there are some gentle treks nearby.
You can fly between most of these places these days.
Enjoy: it's a wonderful country. Part of an Asia almost gone now ... about 5 years ago