Burma forum

Heading North, finishing in Mandalay. Bagan or Inle Lake first?

  • mitchwest

    Joined Travelfish
    20th May, 2013
    Posts: 3

    Hi me and my wife are currently in Yangon

    We're going to head to Moulmein, Hpa-an and Golden Rock

    But then when we head north we're not sure if we should go to Bagan or Inle Lake/Kalaw first
    As we fly out of Mandalay it makes sense for us to head to that area last (including Hsipaw, Mingun etc)

    Time is not really an issue.

    We were thinking of stopping in Pyay so that would be more on the way to Bagan i think, but its not essential that we go there.

    Do you think its better to go Bagan - Kalaw/Inle - Mandalay. Or Kalaw/Inle - Bagan - Mandalay?
    maybe better things to see between Bagan and Mandalay which means heading to Kalaw first would be better?

    advice please??

    #1 Posted: 17/9/2013 - 23:59

  • Advertisement

  • mattocmd

    Joined Travelfish
    13th June, 2007
    Location United States
    Posts: 365

    I think the best route is Kalaw then Inle (Nyaung Shwe). From there you can head to Bagan and go to Mandalay last since you're flying out from there.

    #2 Posted: 18/9/2013 - 17:43

  • patjk

    Joined Travelfish
    3rd September, 2013
    Posts: 5

    A lot of people hike from Inle to Kalaw, as people organize 3 days trips through the mountains.

    Keep in mind Bagan to Inle or Inle to Bagan is like a 12 hour bus ride. Inle is def. worth 3-4 days. Do a hike into the mountains, take the boat tour, rent a bike and bike around, etc.

    I did a short trip through Burma a couple months ago, and wrote a report below if you're interested:

    Enjoy your time there!

    #3 Posted: 19/9/2013 - 10:10

Have questions? Jump to our menu of forum quicklinks

Add your reply

Your reply

Check this box if you want to be notified of replies.

Please be familiar with our user guidelines before you post. Thanks!

Businesses planning on plugging their guesthouse / hotel / karaoke bar should read our "Addition guidelines" very carefully.

You need to be logged in to answer an existing post on the Travelfish forums. Please login via the prompts just above and refresh this screen -- before writing your post -- and you'll be in business.

Possibly related discussions Replies  Views  Latest reply
Mandalay to Bagan to Inle Lake ... By igormozzilli on 6 Feb 2014 9 15040 16 Jun 2014
Cheap Hostels in Myanmar? (Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake) ... By Spasmic on 12 Jan 2014 1 2280 12 Jan 2014
Mandalay or Inle Lake ... By johnthornton on 9 Mar 2011 5 7676 6 Aug 2011
Accomodation in Bagan and Inle Lake ... By sunnyzak on 12 Dec 2010 7 14389 6 Aug 2011
Trying to visit Yangon-Bagan-Inle Lake in 8 Days by land- possible? ... By suswati37 on 26 Dec 2010 4 10068 6 Aug 2011
Yangon to Bagan/Mandalay night bus ... By aik_yong2002 on 20 Aug 2013 1 5853 27 Aug 2013
Transport for Mandalay-Bagan in August ... By reublim on 5 Jan 2013 6 2865 9 Jan 2013
Express Boat from Bagan to Mandalay ... By grak88 on 19 Mar 2012 1 2465 30 Mar 2012
Bagan to Mandalay Overnight Travel ... By reublim on 2 Jun 2013 10 4201 10 Jun 2013
Opinions on tourist boat from Bagan to Mandalay? ... By antoniamitchell on 27 Apr 2014 4 2015 4 May 2014