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Allow enough time for a Myanmar trip

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Myanmar or Burma is a large country is the first thing to bear in mind when planning a trip here. Although not as large as China or India or China, Myanmar, which covers a surface area of some 680,000 square kilometres, is the largest of the mainland countries in Southeast Asia. Indochina tours Myanmar

Myanmar

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Some kind of travel will be required, if you would like to take them all in on a single trip as the “must sees” of the country are scattered around a bit too. To help you with your itinerary planning, here is a brief rundown on suggested time frames for some of the major stunning destinations. Note that both famous and rarely visited, many Burmese destinations should be great places to linger in.

Yangon (Rangoon)

Yangon

Yangon -source: internet

Including museums, markets and especially pagodas, Yangon is a big city offering a lot to see. It requires a minimum of two days to merely cover the main sites. However, its vibrant street life and the awesome Victorian architectural heritage — the most spectacular in Southeast Asia, are also what wonderful about Yangon, and, of course, it is rewarding just to wander around. Visitors will also busy and happy for a while by exploring Chinatown or checking out the stunning buildings along Strand Road. The question of how long to devote to Yangon is sort of like asking, more than any of the upcountry destinations. cruises from saigon to phnom penh

Mandalay

Mandalay

Mandalay- source: internet

Far smaller than Yangon, Mandalay, the second city of Burma, lacks the amazing colonial-period buildings, much of the charm and many feel of the latter. Most of Mandalay’s famous sites: Inva ancient city, Mahamuni Pagoda and U Bein Bridge, should be covered in a full day. It is wise to allow the second day a half-day trip to say Sagain or Mingun, and maybe Mandalay Hill, together with various breathing space in-between.

Bagan

Bagan

Bagan -source: internet

It is certainly a pleasant way to travel between Bagan and Mandalay with the boat journey down the Irrawaddy but note that not only costing around the same as a flight, it will also take the best part of a day if time is not on your side. Scattered across the dusty plain are more than 2,000 ruined and restored chedis and pagodas, however, it is going to have most people “templed out” just by taking in only the 10 or so most spectacular. Indeed, just wandering the traditional villages and lanes by bicycle or on foot or discovering the small out-of-the-way ones can be a lot of the fun at Bagan. It is true to say two days is minimal to appreciate this interesting destination at a reasonably relaxed pace although some visitors dash around in a day.

Inle Lake/Nyaung Shwe

Inle Lake

Inle Lake -source: internet

Again even though there are visitors who dash around in a single day, we are plumping for a two-day minimum visit. To take in the various sites on and around the lake itself, including In Dein, a two-day stay would allow you without rushing although an amazing opportunity to check out some of the destinations in and around town: the nearby Red Mountain Winery, the lively waterfront, old wooden Shan pagoda or the market and some chilling out time in the fun little town of Nyaung Shwe itself are allowed in a third day.

If you stick to a pretty rigid schedule, you will need the best part of two weeks just for some of the main sights.

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