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How Many Days Should You Spend in Myanmar?

Two weeks is the perfect amount of time to explore Myanmar. If you have less time, you can still have a great experience but it requires careful planning. At a minimum, five days is enough to give you a taste of the country’s history and culture by visiting two of Myanmar’s “Big Four” destinations.

Ngapali Beach, Myanmar
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5 Days in Myanmar - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Even if you have less than a week to explore Myanmar, you can still visit more than one region—just as long as you're prepared to take a few domestic flights. Pair Mandalay with Bagan, or hop between Yangon, Bagan, and the famed Inle Lake. You can also spend your days snorkeling off Ngapali Beach, pedaling through rice paddies on a bike tour of the Shan State, or touring the shrines and pagodas of hidden Myanmar.

Sunset over the Andaman Sea on the Myeik Archipelago
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7 Days in Myanmar - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Spend a week in Myanmar, and you can easily tour the highlights of two cities, plus a side trip to one of the country's famed natural areas. Pair Bagan and Yangon, for example, with a trip to the famed Inle Lake. Or, focus on a smaller region, like the tropical Myeik Archipelago or off-the-beaten-path Eastern Myanmar. Ride the "Death Railway," snorkel with whale sharks, take a cooking class in a local home, or cycle to a Buddhist nunnery: learn more in these five unique itineraries.

The Golden Rock, Myanmar
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10 Days in Myanmar - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With ten days in Myanmar, it's possible to spend ample time in each of the country's three major cities—Yangon, Bagan, and Mandalay—plus day trips. The itineraries below include a wide range of activity and tour options: cooking classes, countryside cycling tours, a cultural visit to a Buddhist nunnery, and a hot air balloon ride over the temples of Bagan. For a multi-country adventure, you can even cross the border and combine five days in Myanmar with five more in Thailand.

A woman harvesting red chili near Kalaw, Myanmar
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14 Days in Myanmar - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Travelers with two weeks in Myanmar can take a grand tour of the country, stopping in must-see places like Mandalay, Inle Lake, Bagan, Yangon, and Ngapali Beach. Those interested in local culture will have time to incorporate activities like cooking classes and a stop at a "retirement home" for elephants, while an adventurous itinerary can include biking and trekking. A multi-country trip is also possible, spending a week each in Myanmar and Thailand.