First-Timer's Guide to Myanmar — Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Lashio | The Travel Intern


9-Day Adventurous Myanmar Itinerary here:

Myanmar. What an absolute stunner. On this adventure, we got to visit Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake and Lashio! Here’s what we did!

YANGON (00:23)

00:25 – Shwedagon Pagoda
Probably the most iconic landmark in Yangon — The Shwedagon Pagoda, which lights up at night and is truly a sight to behold.

BAGAN (00:37)
The best way to get around Bagan, both New Bagan and Old Bagan, is to rent an e-bike, or a normal bicycle would do!

00:58 – Bagan Hot Air Balloon Sunrise Experience
Famous for its hot air balloon ride, we hopped on the tour and got to experience it for ourselves! To catch the sunrise while floating and drifting amidst the clouds was so surreal.

01:15 – Lawkananda Pagoda
Situated on the top of the Irrawaddy River, this is not to be missed!

01:24 – Ananda Temple
Be awed by the beautiful and intricate architecture here.

01:34 – Wonders of Salay & Mount Popa Day Tour
Don’t be deterred by the 777 steps to reach the top — It is SO WORTH IT.

MANDALAY (01:47)

01:49 – Rv Nmai Hka Irrawaddy River Cruise
It might be 12 hours, but it was a good 12 hours, experiencing the seas and the journey from Bagan to Mandalay.

02:01 – U Bein Bridge
Either the sunrise or the sunset, they are both spectacular. This bridge is the longest and oldest teakwood bridge in the world!

02:10 – Dee Dote Waterfall
Located deep in the mountainous region one hour away from Mandalay by car, lies this blue lagoon. The hike up to this sweet spot is WORTH IT!

02:34 – Mandalay Hill
WE KNOW it seems like you gotta hike all the time in Myanmar, but really, when you’re at the top, don’t you think you get the best views? 🙂

INLE LAKE (02:49)
One of the must-dos if you’re ever in Myanmar, is to get on a boat and explore the ins and outs of Inle Lake!

LASHIO (03:03)

03:08 – Gokteik Viaduct
The best way to travel to Lashio — by train! Get to admire the different landscapes of the countryside~

03:19 – Mountain Biking Exploration
Adrenaline junkies — This is for you! It’s definitely not an easy bike path, let us assure you. But worth every bump on the road.

03:35 – Myanmar Adventure Outfitters
Experience a customisable off-the-beaten-track adventure and contribute to the needs of the communities and villages you interact with on your trip!

03:39 – Dark Horse Falls
Some of us didn’t dare to cliff jump because it was THAT scary, but being up there and in the heart of all the action with other travellers made it one of our best moments during this trip!

04:01 – Homestay at Ban Khaw Village
We got to stay in a local homestay and immersed ourselves in the local culture. They were SO warm and friendly, and welcomed us with the biggest open arms ever. 🙂

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