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Myanmar or Sri Lanka?

Posted by valentinaforno on 26/12/2017 at 14:52

Hello travelers, sorry for a question that includes a country that is not listed on Travelfish, but I've figured someone here must have been to both and can give me some advices! I have 2 and a half weeks off in February and I'm trying to decide where to go. I've been to Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand and was considering Myanmar, Sri Lanka and also Nepal as a destination. I'm having a really tough time to decide. I'm interested in culture and beautiful landscapes. Anyone that has been to both can help? Thanks!

#1 valentinaforno has been a member since 30/8/2012. Posts: 37

Posted by gecktrek on 26/12/2017 at 17:24

hey, it's been a long time since i've been to either place... personally i prefer myanmar, but with only 2 weeks i'd probably chose sri lanka, seems like the weather is good in both places at that time of year, but it really depends on what you want to see and do... perhaps someone with more recent experience can help you...

#2 gecktrek has been a member since 24/3/2013. Location: Australia. Posts: 178

Posted by Megaworldasia365 on 30/12/2017 at 19:31

Hi Valentinaforno,

I saw your post and as I've just completed a 10 day trip to Northern Myanmar, I thought I'd share my insights on the the place: re places to go and things to see. I completed what I'm calling the " Mandalay Loop" trip. I flew into and out of Mandalay (I didn't go to Yangon or the south of Myanmar). My 10 day Mandalay Loop trip is as follows:

Day1: Travel from Bangkok to Mandalay (BangkokAirways)
Day2: Mandalay – visit Grand Palace, Mandalay Hill, Sanda Muni Pagoda, and Bein Bridge for sunset
Day3: Travel from Mandalay to Monywa by local bus –visit Thanboddhay Pagoda, and Maha Bodhi Ta Htaung (world’s largest standingBuddha)
Day4: Monywa – visit Po Win Mountain and Shwebataung Maze Caves
Day5: Travel from Monywa to Bagan by local bus – visitan elevated temple for sunset views over Bagan
Day6: Bagan – visit an elevated temple for sunriseviews over Bagan and visit various temple sites
Day7: Bagan – Do a day trip to Mount Popa (53 km away)using a taxi and driver
Day8: Travel from Bagan to Pindaya using local airline– flight from Bagan to He Hoe with KBZ Airlines, then taxi to Pindaya
Day9: Pindaya – visit Pindaya Cave complex
Day10: Pindaya - Day trip to Inle Lake using localtaxi and make a boat trip across the lake
Day11: Travel from Pindaya to Bangkok, Via Mandalay –use KBZ Airlines to Mandalay, then Bangkok Airways to Bangkok.
I hope this helps you in making your decision. I am writing a series of trip reports over the coming days for my travel blog: megaworldasia.com - south east Asia's off the beaten track specialist. You can get in-depth info about all the places listed above from my blog.
Safe travels,

#3 Megaworldasia365 has been a member since 26/8/2017. Posts: 25

Posted by suhasj123 on 1/2/2018 at 07:10

I think instead visiting Sri Lanka you should visit India because you will find more travel places in India than Sri Laka, I m not saying that you shouldn't visit Sri Lanka but if you have better option than something choose your decision of traveling wisely.
Here is the list of some places to visit in India.
I hope you find India as amazing travel experience.

#4 suhasj123 has been a member since 23/8/2017. Posts: 5

Posted by Tennouji on 6/2/2018 at 22:40

I think India is a bit vast for a two-week trip. Sri Lanka fits the brief well, I think.

I wonder which Valentina chose...

#5 Tennouji has been a member since 22/9/2007. Location: Japan. Posts: 139

Posted by valentinaforno on 7/2/2018 at 11:10

Hello all, thanks for all the replies. In the end I chose a completely different destination: Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. Myanmar will be next!

#6 valentinaforno has been a member since 30/8/2012. Posts: 37

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