Travel itinerary: 3 weeks in Myanmar (Burma) and north Thailand.

Since opening its borders couple of years ago, traveling to Myanmar (Burma) is probably on a bucket list of every traveler by heart. We all want to get on that last train of authenticity before it gets ruined by hoards of tourists. If you have 3 weeks of vacation, run to that train right now! The country is already changing.

In this budget travel itinerary we combined some off the beaten track destinations in Myanmar (Burma) and north of Thailand. It can be quite rough because all of the transportations but it’s well worth your time and that little money you need ūüôā Just to warn you, Myanmar is probably the most expensive country in SE Asia right now. We managed to spend 46 $ for both per day. How? Some tips and trick are listed in the this post.

Travel itinerary: Myanmar (Burma) and north Thailand

Duration of Myanmar and north Thailand travel itinerary: 21 days

  • Day 1: Arrive to Yangon.¬†Take it easy and walk around the city. Observe Sule pagoda from the outside.
  • Day 2: Yangon.¬†Explore Myanmar’s street food, learn how to say Shan noodles in Burmese and visit the magnificent Shwedagon pagoda.
  • Day¬†3: Yangon.¬†Walk to the park and in the evening take the night bus to Bagan.
  • Day¬†4: Bagan.¬†Rest (if you can’t sleep you can watch the sunset on a pagoda!). Rent an e-bike and get lost among 2000¬†pagodas.
  • Day¬†5: Bagan.¬†Wake up early and watch the sunrise sky covered in hot air balloons.
  • Day¬†6: Mandalay.¬†Walk to Mandalay hill and drive to the U-Bein bridge for sunset.
  • Day¬†7: Hsipaw.¬†Have a delicious shake at Mr. Shake and explore the city with a bicycle.
  • Day¬†8: Hsipaw.¬†Go for a two-day trek in nearby villages.
  • Day 9: Hsipaw.¬†Second day of trekking before you take the evening bus to Inle lake.
  • Day¬†10:¬†Inle Lake.¬†Rent a bike and explore this small town and its surroundings. Visit the winery on the hill.
  • Day¬†11: Inle Lake.¬†Take a boat trip on the calm lake and try to enjoy the many souvenir shops.
  • Day¬†12:¬†Chiang Mai.¬†Explore the old town and try as much delicious Thai food as you can.
  • Day¬†13: Chiang Mai. Visit Doi Suthep temple on the hill and that day’s evening market.
  • Day¬†14:¬†Pai.¬†Enjoy the day in this small cute town.
  • Day¬†15: Pai.¬†Relax, have a massage and a good meal or rent a bike and visit the surrounding hills, hot springs and waterfalls.
  • Day¬†16: Chiang Mai.¬†Take a Thai food cooking class.
  • Day¬†17:¬†Chiang Rai.¬†Visit the exquisite piece of art – White temple.
  • Day¬†18: Sukhothai.¬†Enjoy this Buddhist city.
  • Day¬†19:¬†Bangkok.¬†Just two words: Bangkok baby!! ūüėÄ
  • Day¬†20: Bangkok.¬†Last chance to buy souvenirs, eat good Thai food and do some crazy sh*t.
  • Day¬†21:¬†Fly home from Bangkok.

Travel itinerary map

What to bring?

  • 35 l backpack and a smaller bag
  • 5 shirts, 3 shorts
  • 1 sweater, 1 pants
  • Flip flops and light¬†walking shoes
  • Sleeping bag
  • Some travel medicine
  • Add what you need

Tips for traveling in Myanmar (Burma)

  • Try to book your accommodation at least a day in advance (hotels can get booked because of too much tourists)
  • If you need to use a taxi, group together with other travellers
  • Try to avoid the admission fee cities (sometimes using the rare public transport also helps)
  • You don’t need to see every pagoda. There’s thousands in Bagan!
  • All buses are uncomfortable so book the cheapest one.

Expenses for your budget trip to Myanmar (Burma) and north Thailand

Myanmar (Burma)

  • Accommodation: 11,5¬†$ per day
  • Food: 6¬†$ per day
  • Transportation: 8 $¬†per day

All together: 25,5 $/day

Thailand

  • Accommodation: 7¬†$ per day
  • Food: 5,5 $ per day
  • Transportation: 5,5 $¬†per day

All together: 18 $/day

Airplane ticket Inle Lake РChiang Mai: 280 $

Expenses before leaving

Visa for Myanmar (Burma): 35 $ (check for visa restrictions and costs)
Visa for Thailand: Free
Travel insurance: minimum 50¬†$ (depends on where you’re from)

Expenses: 825,5 $

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