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Land travel in Myanmar

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Land travel in Myanmar

Just thinking about a trip to Myanmar for about 10 days - I've looked at many of the itineraries on this forum and while helpful, they all have some flights. I'd prefer land based travel and would really appreciate some advice on what might be possible in that time in terms of places to visit - its hard to gauge from a map. It would be good to know what train travel is like, or if a car and driver might be a better option (or a combination of the two). Thanks R

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1. Re: Land travel in Myanmar

Read info on this link for some distances and travel times.

myanmarheritagetravel.com/travel_distance.htm

If you go overland and end up spending 8 hours on a bus or 12 hours on a train, you will end up losing an entire day due to travel time. I incorporated 4 flight in 16 days and I was able to get to my destination in the early/late morning, and have all day there. If I had a month I would have gone overland.

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2. Re: Land travel in Myanmar

I am not a fan of flying and decided to try one train trip in Myanmar.....it was terrible! I flew on 4 different routes on Air Mandalay and it was really excellent. I would definitely recommend flying because the legs are very short (eg. Bagan to Mandalay was 45mins) whereas the train or bus is so long that you would waste a day travelling. The train from Yangon to Bagan took 19 hours!!It was 4 hours late for some unknown reason. The planes we flew on were alll new and the service was excellent. have fun on your trip!!

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3. Re: Land travel in Myanmar

We arrived in Myanmar about 7 weeks after the 2008 Cyclone so there were very few tourists on the ground.

Our flight from Bagan to Inle Lake was cancelled, so we spent 8/9 hours in a car, spent over night in a hotel & then continued our journey the next day, so we waisted a lot of time travelling, even though it was nice to see the countryside, so if possible, fly.

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4. Re: Land travel in Myanmar

Doh!!!

Sorry, waisted should have been spelt wasted.

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5. Re: Land travel in Myanmar

If you want to get all major destination within 10 days with land based travel, recommend to hire car and driver. It's more flexible and still something to see at overnight spots. But should include one flight due to time limit.

When will be your visit? If it is in the rainy season, the road condition may be worse.

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6. Re: Land travel in Myanmar

If your plan is mor than 14 Days and love to see the real status of the countryside , peoples , landscape ,

Recommended to travel by car and experienced driver;

A creative design and non touristic route is ;

1. Yangon - Pyay ( ancient city , beautiful market , Shwe sandaw pagoda )

2.Pyay - Shwesattaw Buddha footprint and WR - Magway

3.Magway - Mt.Popa - Bagan

4.Bagan

5.Bagan

6.Bagan - Pakkoku - PowinTaung caves - Monywa

7.Monywa - Shwebo

8.Shwebo - KyaukMyaung - Madaya - Mandalay

9.Mandalay

10.Mandalay around

11.Mandalay - Fly to Heho - Inlay lake

12, 13 , 14 Kalaw , Pindaya and Inlay lake area

Return to Yangon ( By bus or Flight )

This route will give you perfect trip for land travelers.

The best to check out is on Nelles map of Myanmar.

Experienced driver is really important to be a perfect trip to understand Myanmar ways of life and culture.

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7. Re: Land travel in Myanmar

If your plan is mor than 14 Days and love to see the real status of the countryside , peoples , landscape ,

Recommended to travel by car and experienced driver;

A creative design and non touristic route is ;

1. Yangon - Pyay ( ancient city , beautiful market , Shwe sandaw pagoda )

2.Pyay - Shwesattaw Buddha footprint and WR - Magway

3.Magway - Mt.Popa - Bagan

4.Bagan

5.Bagan

6.Bagan - Pakkoku - PowinTaung caves - Monywa

7.Monywa - Shwebo

8.Shwebo - KyaukMyaung - Madaya - Mandalay

9.Mandalay

10.Mandalay around

11.Mandalay - Fly to Heho - Inlay lake

12, 13 , 14 Kalaw , Pindaya and Inlay lake area

Return to Yangon ( By bus or Flight )

This route will give you perfect trip for land travelers.

The best to check out is on Nelles map of Myanmar.

Experienced driver is really important to be a perfect trip to understand Myanmar ways of life and culture.

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8. Re: Land travel in Myanmar

Yeah, but you'll be paying through the nose for that, no?

Additionally, if you are planning things down to the very day you're doing this and that, where's the room for imrov? Sounds more like package tourism to me...

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9. Re: Land travel in Myanmar

Here is my suggestion:-

Option 1.

Day 1- Arrive Yangon

Day 2- Visit Yangon at morning and bus to Mandalay , overnight

Day 3- Visit Mandalay

Day 4- Visit Mandalay

Day 5 - Boat trip to Bagan

Day 6 - Bagan

Day 7- Fly to Inle Lake

Day 8- Inle Lake

Day 9- Inle lake and fly back to Yangon

Day 10- Visit Yangon if you have time and fly back home

Option 2

Day 1- Arrive Yangon

Day 2- Visit Yangon at morning and bus to Mandalay , overnight

Day 3- Visit Mandalay

Day 4- Visit Mandalay

Day 5 - Boat trip to Bagan

Day 6 - Bagan

Day 7- Fly to Inle Lake

Day 8- Inle Lake , after noon , bus back to Yangon

Day 9- Yangon

Day 10- Visit Yangon if you have time and fly back home.

With 10 day , suggest to fly at least one or two .

Yangon- Mandalay have new high way and no problem with road anymore. Inle- Yangon also most of the parts are good .

If you hire a car , they will drive in the day time and you need to spent more time on road.

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10. Re: Land travel in Myanmar

'Sounds like package tourism.' How can hiring a car be package tourism, it gives you all the room for improvising your trip on route, ideal for seeing some of the less visited places that Saw has mentioned.