Myanmar is one of the most underrated countries in Southeast Asia. Having only opened to tourism in recent years, the country is still not as busy and crowded as its neighboring countries. With a 3 days in Myanmar Itinerary we try to make the best of Myanmar in a short time. A trip to Myanmar will take you to a world filled with fun-filled adventures with so many incredible places waiting for you to discover.
The most ideal itinerary in Myanmar is typically around two weeks. This is already enough time to discover the best in the country, both its natural and cultural attractions. However, for travelers who don’t have the luxury of time to spend that long, a 3 days in Myanmar itinerary to this beautiful country should be enough. In this short amount of time, you can visit the most popular places in Myanmar, such as Yangon and Bagan.
Myanmar Travel Tips
- Travel: Flight travel is recommended as it’s so comfortable and easy. Road are not in the best condition and even if VIP buses are in a good quality it does take on average 8-10 hours between the touristic destination in Myanmar. Currently there are 5 domestic airlines serving most of the cities of Myanmar.
- Car: Car rental is not available in Myanmar for tourists and international permit is not valid without a new exam taken in Myanmar. Driving is on the right hand side but the wheel is on the left side!
- Currency: Myanmar Kyat (Ks) – USD is the main currency to bring in Myanmar along EURO. For the USD the rate is different for higher bills ( 50 & 100$) and lower for other bills. The bills must be almost new, not folded and most important without any sign or not even a little dot or stamp on it.
- Timezone: Switzerland is in the same timezone as most of Europe (1 hour ahead of the UK, 6 hours ahead of EST in the USA)
- Credit Card Acceptance: Most high end hotels & restaurants will accept all major credit cards (VISA, MasterCard); a 3,5% transaction fee usually applies. However due to ATM problems and power cuts it’s better to have cash out the economical capital, Yangon.
- Languages: Burmese – English is not widely spoken. Mostly in the tourist area and a guide is recommended for both tourist & off beaten tracks in Myanmar, especially.
- Visas: Myanmar is part of the ASEAN. Here is a detailed page on your eligibility for a Myanmar visa to enter Myanmar/Burma for 28 days / tourist visa.
- Electricity: All power sockets in Myanmar-Burma provide a standard voltage of 230V with a standard frequency of 50Hz. No need adaptor for European Travelers. USA/Canada can bring a power adaptor for local use.
Why go for a 3-Day Trip to Myanmar?
Tourists coming from the neighboring countries of Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and Malaysia might only have a limited time to spend in Myanmar. Backpackers who plan on covering Southeast Asia may not have the luxury of time to spend longer in Myanmar so a 3-day trip will be convenient for them.
Whatever your reasons are, exploring Myanmar for 3 days is definitely possible. To help you plan your trip, here are sample itineraries for a 3-day trip to Myanmar.
3 Days Itinerary in Myanmar
Itinerary #1: Yangon and Bagan
|Day 1||Welcome to Yangon, Myanmar||Yangon|
|Day 2||Discover the Temples of Bagan||Bagan|
|Day 3||Amazing Bagan|
If your main goal of visiting Myanmar is to explore the ancient site of Bagan, this itinerary is perfect. First, you will be flying into Yangon, the country’s capital city. There are plenty of airlines that fly into Yangon coming from the nearby Asian cities, such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. But before you catch a domestic flight to Bagan, take time to explore the capital city. A full day sightseeing of Yangon will take you to the famous sights of the city, such as Shwedagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, and Chauk Htat Kyi Pagoda.
On the following day, you can catch an early morning flight to Bagan. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the famous temples of Bagan on an e-bike. If you’re traveling in a big group, you can hire an air-conditioned car with driver, which is a more convenient way of exploring the temples.
On your third day, wake up early for a magnificent balloon ride over Bagan. Taking an early morning hot air balloon flight means you’ll be able to witness the magical sunrise and witness the thousands of temples and pagodas from above. In the afternoon, you can take your flight back to Yangon before catching a flight out of the country.
Itinerary #2: Yangon and Inle Lake
|Day 1||Welcome to Yangon & Sightseeing||Yangon|
|Day 2||Discover the Floating Village of Inle Lake||Inle Lake|
|Day 3||Amazing Inle Lake|
As the capital city of Myanmar, most tourists who are visiting the country will most likely enter through Yangon. So on this 3-Day Bagan Itinerary, your day will start by catching a flight to Yangon. When you arrive in the city, spend the rest of the day exploring the sights and attractions, including the Sule Pagoda, St Mary’s Church, Bogyoke Market, the Reclining Buddha, and the famous Shwedagon Pagoda.
On your second day, take a morning flight going to Inle Lake. After checking in at your hotel, go for a whole day sightseeing tour. There are many tours that you can choose from but it’s highly recommended to take the Inle Lake Boat Tour where you can observe the lives of the local Intha people. After your tour of the lake, you’ll be visiting some of the most revered religious sites in Myanmar such as the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery.
Spend your third day in Inle Lake taking a balloon ride in the morning. Witness the extraordinary beauty of the Inle Lake from above and marvel at the local Intha fishermen rowing their boats while standing upright, with one leg wrapped around a single oar, leaving their hands free to cast the conical fishing nets over the glistening water. After your balloon ride in Inle Lake, explore the nearby attractions, before taking your flight back to Yangon.
Itinerary #3: Mandalay and Bagan
|Day 1||Welcome to Mandalay, Myanmar||Mandalay|
|Day 2||Discover Mt Popa||Bagan|
|Day 3||Amazing Bagan by balloon ride|
The Mandalay is another popular place to visit in Myanmar, next to Bagan and Yangon. There are a few direct flights to Mandalay coming from Bangkok and other Asian cities, so getting here should be easy. On your first day in Myanmar, take time to explore the famous attractions of Mandalay by booking a Mandalay Full Day Tour. Depending on the tour you booked, you’ll be visiting the City of Sagaing, Inwa, and the famous U Bein Bridge.
On the following day, hire a private transfer to visit the ancient city of Bagan. You will be passing at Mount Popa along the way, where you can catch a glimpse of the Buddhist monastery at its summit. The trip to Bagan will take approximately 4 – 5 hours. Upon your arrival, you can choose to explore some of the famous temples and pagodas and witness the gorgeous sunset views from the top of one of the temples.
For your third day, wake up early to take part in an amazing balloon ride over Bagan. During your balloon ride, you get to witness the vast temple complex of Bagan from above with the magical sunrise views in the background. In the afternoon, take your flight back to Mandalay or Yangon where you can catch your flight back home.
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