I'm traveling with three others to Myanmar in December. What follows is my proposed itinerary, and I wanted to get the feedback from those of you who have been before.
I'm still trying to figure out where I'd like to trek and am deciding between the Hsipaw area (currently in the lead) or Kalaw. I know there are a lot of questions about deciding between the two areas, but I'd love any additional thoughts or different recommendations. We're a fit, adventurous group, so a trek a little more on the primitive or difficult side would work!
Thanks in advance, for any help!
Day 0: (Dec 12) Arrival to Yangon, 6pm.
Day 1: (Dec 13) Visit Yangon
Day 2: (Dec 14) AM flight Mandalay
Day 3: (Dec 15) Around Mandalay. -- Paleik by motorbike to see the snake temple and Amarapura
Day 4: (Dec 16) Mandalay to Hsipaw
Day 5: (Dec 17) Trek around Hsipaw
Day 6: (Dec 18) Trek around Hsipaw
Day 7: (Dec 19) Trek around Hsipaw, return Mandalay
Day 8: (Dec 20) Mandalay – Bagan. (bus – 5 hours, or boat)
Day 9: (Dec 21) Bagan
Day 10: (Dec 22) Bagan
Day 11: (Dec 23) Flight Bagan to Lake Inle
Day 12: (Dec 24) Inle and surrounding villages (hope to see Nyaungshe market)
Day 13: (Dec 25) Inle area, surrounding villages
Day 14: (Dec 26) Afternoon flight Inle – Yangon.
Day 15: (Dec 27) Train trip Yangon – Mawlamyine
Day 16: (Dec 28) Motorbike trip around Mawlamyine.
Day 17: (Dec 29) Boat Mawlamyine – Hpa-an.
Day 18: (Dec 30) Motorbike trip in the surroundings of Hpa-an, bus back to Yangon.
Day 19: (Dec 31) Yangon
Day 20: (Jan 1) Yangon