My Fiancé and I have just arrived back from a 2 week tour of the country. I have to say before travelling to Myanmar / Burma we were extremely apprehensive given the current situation in the country (but any of fears were eased).
It is almost impossible to travel in Myanmar without a guide and we opted for a private tour guide in Myanmar .On the contrary to most trips this worked out much cheaper than joining a large tour group. The other advantage of travelling this way was we were able to plan our trip to our specifications and Tint (our tour guide) got us excellent deals on all the hotels we chose! (and it doesn’t matter too much when you miss your morning alarm).
There are many options open when travelling in Myanmar, but we choose Tint after a friend’s recommendation and his knowledge of the country and superior English made the trip unforgettable (there are a lot of “tour guides” who simply drive you from attraction to attraction). We also chose to do the whole trip overland so Tint arranged an air conditioned van and pleasant driver to accompany us. Although there are some long driving days (3x 12 hours) and internal flights are cheap we gained a lot from looking out the windows watching the world on the driving days.
Anyway if you are thinking of going to Myanmar I could whole heartedly recommend dropping Tint an email [--]
I would also recommend focusing your time around Inlay and Bagan which were our highlights.
At Inlay we stayed on the lake at Serenity Hotel, although more expensive than most it was well worth it.
Although the Kumudara Hotel in Bagan is a little run down in some areas, the junior suite which we stayed in was brand new and equivalent to the best 5* rooms in the country (at a very fraction of the cost!). The glass fronted balconies have a view directly to a number of temples and the staff were eager to please, they even arranged a delicious 5 course private pool-side dinner.
Enjoy your trip!!