How to Plan an Itinerary for a 7-Day Trip in Myanmar?
Myanmar boasts attractions drawing many foreign travelers. Striking religious objects, wonders of nature, and friendly people are the nation's main assets.
In this article, you can find answers to various questions regarding your intended itinerary, including whether seven days are enough for a Myanmar tour.
The most classic seven days Myanmar itineraries
Myanmar, ex-Burma, features attractions you should visit spread countrywide. Checking out all of those would require you to take an unusually long vacation.
Most travelers, however, don't have that option. Others wish to split their time to visit other countries in Southeast and South Asia, such as India, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia.
In light of this, a seven-day Myanmar tour should be enough for you to cover some top tourist destinations and attractions. Depending on your interests, you should consider one of the following classic Myanmar itineraries:
Classic Myanmar itinerary no. 1
Upon your arrival in Yangon, formerly Rangoon, you should visit Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the Buddhist holiest places on earth. Admire rich ornamentation of the stupa, consisting of diamonds and sapphires among other gems, and the 99-meter/325-foot high golden spire.
Then, stroll along the Kandawgyi Lake to relax and admire the silhouette of the Shwedagon on the water surface at sunset.
Northeast of the immense pagoda, you can find Chaukhtatgyi Paya, famed for its 65-meter/213-foot-long reclining Buddha statue. Visit one of the most beautiful Burmese Buddha images in Ngahtatgyi Paya next to Chaukhtatgyi. Finally, spend some time shopping at Bogyoke Aung San Market.
Start early to catch a flight from Yangon, the most populous Burmese city, to Bagan, the former capital of the Pagan Empire. You should complete the journey, with transfers included, until midday if you don't oversleep.
Bagan old templeSpend the afternoon in touring the temples of Old Bagan, which dominate the skyline of the ancient city. Some of the most noteworthy ones for various reasons are Shwesandaw, Dhammayangyi, Ananda, Htilominlo, and Sulamani. You should also include Gawdawpalin and Dhammayazika in your itinerary.
On the fourth day of your Myanmar tour, consider taking a trip from Bagan to Mount Popa. This scenic place used to have a spiritual significance, which didn't have anything to do with Buddhism, to the local community in the past.
Spend the evening visiting the remaining grand Buddhist temples of Bagan. Consider joining a sunset river cruise, as well.
During the morning, travel from Old Bagan to Inle Lake by air. Once you land at Heho Airport, take a transfer to the famous lake. The entire journey with transfers shouldn't last beyond the early afternoon unless you start after mid-morning.
During the remainder of the day, explore the scenic lake, its villages, and pagodas.
Spend some time during the sixth day of your Myanmar itinerary by boating. While you are about it, explore floating villages, their gardens, and markets. During your visit to Inle Lake, don't miss Nampan and Inpawkhon villages.
On the last day of your 7-day Classic Burmese Itinerary, travel to Yangon (optionally to Naypyidaw or Mandalay) to catch an outbound flight from Myanmar.
Classic Burmese itinerary no. 2
Please refer to the number 1 itinerary.
Please refer to the number 1 itinerary.
Please refer to the itinerary no. 1
Refer to the itinerary no. 1
On the fifth day of your Classic Myanmar tour, board an early morning boat heading to Mandalay. The duration of the cruise varies but is commonly between eight and 11 hours. To shorten travel time, take a bus or train (roughly six hours) or hire a private driver (up to five hours).
During your stay in the former royal city, don't miss Kuthodaw and Mahamuni pagodas. As you wander the central streets, allocate some time to observe how masters create various crafts.
Mandalay Hill is the complex abounding with monasteries, temples, and pagodas. Also, plan some time to explore the reconstructed Royal Palace, featuring throne rooms and wax figures depicting former monarchs. The on-site Palace Museum exhibits diverse items, such as artifacts, clothing, and objects for everyday use.
Mandalay is an international airport gateway. Therefore, you can spend the day visiting the attractions and doing some shopping before going to the airport.
Other seven day Burmese itineraries
Besides cultural and religious attractions, Myanmar offers travelers much more. If you are visiting this Southeast Asian nation during the high season, you may wish to relax on the beach in Myanmar, right? So, let's see how you could combine sightseeing with seaside activities during your Myanmar tour.
Seven day Myanmar itinerary with a beach tour no. 1
When you arrive in Yangon, visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda should be your top priority. The imposing 99 meters/325 feet high golden structure features rich decoration. The bell-shaped stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist places of worship in Asia, even wider.
Then, enjoy a relaxing walk by Kandawgyi Lake and admire Shwedagon Pagoda from the distance as the sun descends.
Plan the second day of your stay to visit Ngahtatgyi and Chaukhtatgyi, Buddhist places of worship near Shwedagon. While the former boasts an exquisite statue of sitting Buddha, the latter is famous for a large image of Reclining Buddha.
If you are a fan of shopping, go to Bogyoke Aung San Market. If history interests you more than commerce, plan to visit the National Museum, which is within walking distance from the market.
Even if you aren't an early bird, consider becoming one on the third day of your Burmese tour. Board an early morning airplane flying to Bagan and arrive in the old capital of the Pagan Empire before or around noon. Once there, start touring numerous temples dotting the countryside.
Some of the most noteworthy Old Bagan temples you should visit during your stay are Dhammayangyi, Shwesandaw, Htilominlo, Sulamani, and Ananda.
You may wish to continue visiting the temples of Old Bagan, but taking an excursion to Mount Popa may turn out to be an excellent substitute. Note that being in good physical shape is a must for making the most of the day.
Besides the preserved nature, Mount Popa boasts a monastery perched atop a mountain that is over 650 meters/2,100 feet tall. Once you get there by a long stairway, views of the surrounding area will amaze you.
Upon returning to Bagan, you may wish to take a sunset boat cruise.
If your journey from Yangon to Bagan forced you to rise early, now you can compensate for that. The earliest flight from Nyuang-U to Thandwe Airport (Ngapali) departs after 10 am, and two more airplanes are following until midday.
Flight times on this route are short, under an hour, while transfer times from Thandwe to Ngapali are hardly worth mentioning.
Enjoy the long, white sand beach, turquoise sea, and tropical greenery.
Set off on a return journey by air to Yangon to end your Seven-day Myanmar itinerary with a beach tour.
Seven day Myanmar tour with a beach no. 2
Please take a look at the Myanmar itinerary with a beach number 1 (days 1 and 2).
Given that you wish to do more sightseeing than relaxing on the beach, take a bus to Ngwe Saung Beach on this day. In terms of beauty, this long beach is a rightful competitor to Ngapali. Swim and snorkel in transparent waters and rest in the shade of palm trees.
Return to Yangon and spend the day at leisure by exploring top attractions.
Please refer to the third day of the itinerary number 1.
Consider visiting a few more temples of Bagan during the morning and early afternoon. Then, hire a private driver to get you to Mandalay (approx. five hours).
Some top points of interest in Mandalay are the Royal Palace, Mandalay Hill, and Mahamuni and Kuthodaw pagodas. Choose your priorities for a meaningful tour.
Mandalay is one of three Myanmar international airports, allowing you to end your Seven-day Myanmar tour with a beach there. Do a few quick visits if time allows you before getting to the airport.
Seven days are enough for you to visit most of the top attractions in Myanmar, former Burma. These action-packed itineraries take you to structures of great spiritual and temporal importance and introduce the way of life in Myanmar. They even allow you to improve your tan by enjoying first-class beaches.
If you can extend your stay a few days, you will benefit multifold. We know that other Southeast Asian destinations appear more alluring. But, once you start discovering Myanmar, you are sure to wonder why it is so.