Myanmar is a special country to road trip in. It isn’t a commercialized country so locals aren’t used to big crowds of tourists. This results in happy locals welcoming you with the warmest smiles. It was a great feeling how the Burmese would just look at you and give you the biggest smile just for being there learning about their country. When I did my research about Myanmar I was recommended three road trips:
1- Imphal-Bagan: It is a 12 nights/13 days road trip which goes through Imphal, Kaley, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Yangon and Bagan. This trip offers you the chance of stopping for tea in the small town of Gangaw. You will also pass by the second largest city of Myanmar, Mandalay that has a lot to see such as the Golden Palace and Golden Monastery and the World’s Largest Book! This road trip also passes by the amazing Inle Lake, which is called the “Venice of Myanmar”. Being a 13-day road trip you will also get the chance of going to Yangon and Bagan, which will be mentioned below.
2- Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw: This road trip passes through 10 cities. You can decide the order you will visit these in: Yangon, Bagan, Mrauk U, Inle Lake, Pyin U Lwin, Mawlamyine, Pathein, Mandalay, Ngapali Beach, Nay Pyi Taw. In my opinion it is the most complete road trip in Myanmar since you get to see its main cities and main sites.
3- Yangon-Bagan: Due to the time I had I chose this road trip. Would have loved seeing more of Myanmar but I didn’t have more days. This road trip was not as long as the ones mentioned above but it was amazing anyway. Yangon and Bagan are both filled with Pagodas and Temples. At Yangon you have to visit: the Great Shwedagon Pagoda, the White Elephant Zoo, and the Bogyoke Market. Yangon is shockingly green and has a lot of Victorian buildings. Take a minute and have lunch in a cheap Indian restaurant, have tea and simply enjoy the energetic street life downtown.
On your way to Bagan you have to stop at Pyay for lunch and take a short break at Magway. Bagan has around 4400 Pagodas! Wherever you look you will see old, stunning temples all around you. This place is filled with peace and good vibes. The trip from Yangon to Bagan is approximately 620kms.
Myanmar Visa: Everyone requires a visa to enter Myanmar. The single-entry tourist visa lasts 28 days. To make your trip easier, the Government of Myanmar introduced the eVisa in 2011.
The eVisa is an electronic visa you may obtain online without having to send your passport to the Myanmar Embassy. The eVisa is fast and simple. To apply for an eVisa go to the following link. All you have to do is follow 3 simple steps.