Asia Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Recent Spam Attacks
    by mkataoka Fodor's Editor | Posted on Nov 28, 16 at 01:31 PM
View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report 14 days in Myanmar
  2. 2 Harbin in mid March
  3. 3 Are 8 days enough for this itinerary ?
  4. 4 Changing planes at Dubai
  5. 5 Trip Report Chestnuts, Hokusai, Snow Monkeys: two day trip to Obuse & Shibu Onsen
  6. 6 50th Anniversary trip
  7. 7 Recommended novel for those visiting (or who have visited ) Cambodia
  8. 8 Trip Report Trip Report: Pandaw’s cruise down the Mekong from China to Laos
  9. 9 Trip Report The Mystic East - a tale of hot food, hot weather, airmiles and imodium.
  10. 10 Trip Report Third Time and Still Charmed: Kathie and Cheryl take a Pandaw Cruise
  11. 11 Indian Food Series
  12. 12 First time in India and Nepal-HELP
  13. 13 "necessities" for India
  14. 14 Osaka-Kyoto-Shiragawa-Tokyo
  15. 15 Myanmar:Domestic flights and transport :cash :guide/travel agency i
  16. 16 New Year Eve in Hanoi
  17. 17 Early planning for Kazakhstan and Mongolia
  18. 18 Vietnam to increase visa cost for Americans
  19. 19 12 x Day Itinerary- Please give me your feedback
  20. 20 DC to Dubai 3 nts, Tokyo 6 nts. Kyoto day trip? Itinerary thoughts?
  21. 21 Short trip to Myanmar
  22. 22 ATMs in Japan
  23. 23 US Citizen Vietnam Visa Help!
  24. 24 First time backpacking - 5 weeks in Vietnam, Lao, Cambodia, and Thailand
  25. 25 Trip Report A Journey to Jagna, Bohol - Trip Report
View next 25 » Back to the top

Myanmar itinerary help

Jump to last reply

I have been working with a Yangon based travel agent for our upcoming trip to Myanmar. I would appreciate some feedback on our itinerary:

1) The proposed itinerary is to fly into Yangon, follow the route: Yangon  Bagan  Inle Lake  Mandalay, and fly out from Mandalay.
2) The first sightseeing priority is Bagan, and I asked for 3 full days. TA told me the flight from Yangon arrives early in the morning and we only need 3 nights. I am a little comprehensive about reliable flight schedule. I could insist 4-night stay (and make day trip to Mt. Pope if we get enough temples), or request afternoon flight for Bagan  Heho on day 4. What is the experience of flight schedule reliability?
3) The second sightseeing priority is Inle Lake, and I indicated an interest in Kakku. TA proposed to visit Kakku on arrival directly from airport. I think it is far, and feasible only if we take very early Bagan  Heho flight (see my concern above). Suppose we arrive late and go directly to hotel near the lake, we should still be able to take a day trip to Kakku, right? Will it be a longer drive? Are we going to regret it if we missed it? In any event, we will make sure to set aside 2 full days for boat trips around the lake.
4) Once I am satisfied with enough amount of time in Bagan and Inle Lake, I can use the rest of time in Yangon and Mandalay. Definitely Shwedagon (sunrise or sunset time?). Is boat trip from Mandalay to Mingun on a private boat worthwhile? It is highly recommended by TA but I am not completely sold.

Once the itinerary is fixed, we would proceed with costing. Some questions:

5) Other than domestic flight and hotel, I am think of car service from/to each airport, and day trip to Kakku (if not on arrival day). We should be able to easily get around ourselves in the cities, hire our own horse-cart in Bagan, and hire our own boat in Inle Lake. Is this a reasonable assumption?
6) In your experience, is TA generally willing to break down and itemize the overall cost? That will help us to select only services of value to us.

Thanks, and looking forward for the trip.

9 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement