Who has good ideas of say 2 (maybe closer to 3) weeks in Myanmar. Would likely come in overland from Thailand and need to get back to BKK via overland too unless can get some cheap flight tickets.
Part of me was considering the Tanintharyi Division from Rangoon, but don't have ANY IDEA about travel times and such or even destinations in that area . .. and would also like to get up to Bagen of course but wonder if with the time we'd have we need to just stay in the Rangoon and Mandalay area.
Any thoughts or advice welcome!
I just completed a cycle tour from Siberia to Yangon and crossed into Myanmar at Mae Sot/Mywaddy border. Although I crossed by bicycle I know you can travel by a combination of bus/private car as I saw a couple of other tourists do that. So you can come and return back to Thailand on that route. The road from Mywaddy to the first town Kawkareik is a mountain road and is in horrible condition, but offers amazing scenery and views. There are nice towns on the way such as Hpa An and Thaton, but what is really amazing is the rural areas in between with small villages, beautiful landscape and amazing stupas and temples that few foreigners ever visit. I would recommend some of those areas (but you would need to rent a motorbike or bicycle in Hpa An and go explore on your own).
You can see some pics of Myawaddy to Kawkareik here
and pics of Kawkareik to Yangon in this album
Enjoy Burma and hope you don't have a sensitive stomach lol
#2 VeloFellow has been a member since 4/1/2014. Posts: 1
The southern strip still requires a boat trip - I THINK it is the stretch from Dawei to Myeik that you are still not allowed to overland along, but I'm not 100% on that. You can enter/exit via the crossing by Ranong in the south and Mae Sot in the north, but you can't overland the whole strip.
I've not been south on Yangon yet, so can only comment on the north, but in 2 weeks you could do something like enter via Mae Sot to Hpa an then back track to Mawlamyine, then north to Yangon. From there you could head to Pyay then Bagan then Mandalay and exit on a cheap AirAsia flight to Bangkok, or Meiktila to Kalaw and Inle, then Mandalay and exit. With three weeks you could cover both these legs - the local bus network, at least between hubs, is pretty comfortable and affordable.
If you want to overland in and out you'll either need to backtrack and leave via the same Mae Sot crossing, or do the southern trip as you've suggested, on fly domestically the last leg in Shan state to get to Kengtung so you can exit into Mai Sai .
Thanks. I'm rather attracted to Hpa & Mawlamyline - any suggestions on about how long you would spend in each spot. Also, with Yangoon and Mandalay thrown in I'm afraid we may have to give Pyay a skip . . . but will make that decision on the road. Still trying to get our Visas taken care of as my buddy doesn't have business cards and suddenly that is making it a problem.