Itinerary of Treasures of Myanmar in a Week
Cities Covered in 7 Days
Yangon, formerly called Rangoon, used to the capital of Myanmar at least that was what I had known for a long time, until recently I discovered the fact that Nay Pyi Taw is the new capital since 2005. Still, Yangon remains the largest city and main economic hub of the country. A visit to Myanmar is incomplete without stopping by Yangon, especially visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda – the single most important religious site in all of Myanmar – located here is a must.
When I was planning for Myanmar, I came across a lot of informtion about Inle Lake. I genuinely thought it must be an overhyped tourist attraction. Every tourist talks of spending a day or two in Inle. But after coming here, I now realize this is one of my best experiences in Myanmar. Inle is a little town at the top of the Inle Lake. Hence, everything is a bit more expensive than anywhere else in the country. But it is surely a place you must not miss visiting if you are in Myanmar.
Sailing down the Irrawaddy river from Mandalay to Bagan is one of the nicest experiences we had in Myanmar. It was a great decision we took to travel by boat despite knowing that the travel time would be longer than buses. Myanmar has recently opened up to tourists and its transportation system is yet to keep up the pace with the flow of tourists. It takes a lot of time to travel between cities close to one another. The boat journey helped us avoid traversing through rough road by bus or deal with crowded train journey. In fact, it allowed us to get a real taste of life on the river, experiencing both sunrise and sunset over stupa-lined river banks.
Myanmar has started booming as a tourist country slowly and gradually, after lots of political chaos. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the country, way beyond my expectation. One fine evening over a social media app, I and Richie decided to explore Myanmar. We decided to start with Mandalay – the former capital of Myanmar. It is a comparatively newly built city. It was ruled by two kings from 1858 to 1885, before the British conquered the Upper Burma.