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Burma and Laos 2 week Itinerary Help Needed

Posted by Newstarr on 28/4/2016 at 22:15


I will be flying in and out of Bangkok in November for the entire month. I have some things I need to do in Thailand but I am very flexible. Except needing to spend American Thanksgiving in Bangkok. I have been to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. I would like to visit Burma and Laos. I will be traveling alone for the first time in my life! I hold an American and Thai passport so I don't believe I need a visa to enter Burma via 3 major airports or Laos at all. The flights from Burma to Laos seem high. So I was wondering if it would be best to spend 1 week in Burma fly back to Thailand for a week then fly to Laos for a week then back to Thailand. I'm open to any suggested itinerary. I love culture and must see places. I'm not into parties or nightlife. I love to meet new people and enjoy staying in hostels. Not really into trekking or staying with hill tribes. I am on a major budget. I would love any ideas or suggestions!

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Posted by marlobrent on 10/5/2016 at 09:19

Alright, you have an exciting journey ahead of you! You may visit Burma's (or Myanmar)largest city of Yangon and then head into the heartland, to the freshly made capital, Nay Pyi Taw. Rangoon, as it was formerly known,is a large city, and has a rich architectural heritage:

The journey along this route will not be very long, distance is approximately 367 km.You can choose some other city or settlement to visit, of course:

Laos seems very interesting to me, because it is so different. It is still ruled by a socialist party, has all those different tribes. I know it is not considered to be very rich, but perhaps, it can be seen as an opportunity to travel cheaper. Sticky rice cuisine also sounds interesting, it is a bit like a sushi , I guess. I would stick to the larger cities like if you are more interested in culture and staying in more civilized areas.

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Posted by LongestBusRide on 25/5/2016 at 14:09


Passport and visa: you will need to show your passport. If you use your USA passport you will need to purchase a visa in advance of arriving in Myanmar. You can get the eVisa if you arrive by air. You must get a different visa if you arrive by land. Either way, it's a 28-day visa.

Since you have only 1 week and travel is slow in Myanmar I would suggest:
1. fly into Mandalay . This is not a great city, but the closest point to other interesting places.
2. from Mandalay: bus 5 hours or short flight to Bagan - the stupas are great! Stay 3 nights, so you have 2 days to enjoy the area. Rent an eBike for 5,000 kyat per day.
3. from Mandalay: bus or train or taxi (no flights) to Inle Lake. Boat ride, trekking, visit villages. stay 3 nights, so you have 2 days in the area.

You could also fly from Mandalay to Yangon /Rangoon. In Yangon the Shwedagon pagoda is huge and beautiful, especially at sunrise and sunset.

Let me know if you have any other questions, or feel free to see my Myanmar blog posts at


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Posted by ImageOfMyanmar on 3/8/2016 at 06:08

Hi Newstarr

You can come to Yangon first and continue to Bagan, Mandalay and Inle, then continue to Kengtong, amazing place to trek and tribes are still wearing traditional, then head to Tacheleik to enter Laos.

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