3. Trekking to Inle Lake
4. Pyin Oo Lwin
5. Shwedagon Pagoda (Yangon)
- Flights: $337 (from Bangkok, Mandalay to Yangon)
- Lodging: $376 (hotels, guesthouses)
- Transportation: $261 (private drivers in Mandalay and Bagan increased the cost)
- Activities: $97 (ruins, temples)
- Food: $240 (estimated $15/day)
- Internet. There is limited internet throughout the country. While you will likely find Wifi in hotels around the major tourist destinations like Mandalay, Bagan, and Yangon, be prepared to be without it. I suggest trying to plan before arriving and downloading offline maps before arriving just in case.
- Mandalay Airport. Not much food, so bring some with you or eat before your flight. Don't bother arriving more than 1h30m before your flight time because you won't be able to check in.
- Sunscreen. Mostly for the ladies, the people of Myanmar use this really interesting cream made from a particular tree mixed with water and grinded against a stone. You will see many people, including men, with this on their cheeks mostly. Supposed to provide good sun protection. Also supposed to be good for the skin which I would believe since the people look very young and have great skin.
- Vaccinations. Check with your doctor and the CDC website. Figure out which ones you need in advance for those that take time to become effective or require multiple doses.
- Weather. In March/April when I went, it was very hot reaching up to 95+°F/35+°C. Be sure to wear a hat, sunscreen, and even long sleeves/pants if you can bear it. Drink plenty of water.
- More Info. Travelfish has the best in depth information about Southeast Asia.
While not the most technologically advanced country, you can actually get an eVisa online through the government website. Once approved, mine took just a couple days, you will be emailed an approval letter that you will show at the airport (or border entry point). Bring an extra passport photo. The eVisa only works at the international airports in Myanmar. Of course you can always get your visa at an embassy.
Mosquitoes, Malaria, and Dengue
While not really a problem in the popular tourist destinations, some of the more rural areas in Myanmar have a risk of malaria. In urban areas there is a risk of Dengue. The best you can do is cover up with long sleeves, long pants, and socks that cover your ankles. Also, be sure to wear bug spray on exposed skin, especially at dawn and dusk. You can get bug spray easier in Vietnam or Thailand.