Useful tips on getting around Myanmar for backpackers

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With a lot of attractive destinations, the charming country Myanmar will definitely bring you an unforgettable trip. Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin and Inle Lake are the popular sites that backpackers often choose for their journey. So, how to get there and move around these destinations? Here are some travel tips for you.

>>Bagan travel tips for first-timers

Book airline tickets and coach tickets

Book flights to Myanmar: The airlines often offer promotions; you can find and book cheap, round-trip tickets to Yangon or round-trip tickets from Bangkok to Yangon.

Yangon International Airport (via Retail News Asia)

Book coach tickets in Myanmar: You can book the coach tickets for your journey in Myanmar by email to Seven Diamond Express Travels Company. After that, there are two options for your choice: going directly their office to pick up your ticket or using their ticket delivery services to get your ticket at Myanmar’s airports.

The expected price of some ways offered by Seven Diamond (services included): Yagon – Bagan (Ye’ Thu Aung Bus): 20,000 kyats; Bagan – Madalay (Myat Mandalar): 9,500 kyatas; Mandalay (Myat Mandalar) – Heho: 12,000 kyats; Heho (Shwe Nyaung) – Yangon (Yan Kyee Aung): 25,000 kyats. Delivery fee is 10,000 kyats. In case of you want to go Pyin Oo Lwin Plateau, you can buy ticket which departures from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin at your hotels in Mandalay, costing about 8,600 kyats.

Getting around Myanmar

Yangon

Taxi in Yangon (via Wikimedia Commons)

Getting out of the airport, there are many taxis available along two sides of the road. The price is cheap or expensive depending on your negotiation skills, however, to avoid paying high price, you should walk from Arrival Terminal to Departure Terminal and take a taxi in here, the price can be a little bit cheaper.

You have to pay 5,000 kyats for a taxi without air-conditioning from the airport to Shwedagon and 7,000 kyats for air-conditioning ones.

Bagan

Public transports in Bagan are mainly ox-carts and bicycles. An ox-cart can carry 3 people, the cost for all day trip visiting temples from the dawn to sunset is 25 USD (24,000 kyats) and for half-day trip is 14 USD (15,000 kyats).

If you have a lot of time, you also can rent a bicycle or electric bike to discovering Ola Bagan. The fee for renting a bike is 1,500 kyats (1,5 USD) per day and electric bike is 6,000 – 7,000 kyats.

Public transports in Bagan are mainly ox-carts and bicycles (via Myanmar Travel Package Tours)

Mandalay

The Myat Mandalar Station offers taxi services for you to visit the famous Mandalay’s attractions such as Mahamuni Temple, U-Bein Teak Bridge, Sagaing Tower and Inwa ancient capital, departing from early morning to mid-day with price about 50 USD each trip.

If you have one more day in Mandalay, you also can visit Mingun ancient village where many pagodas, monasteries and important historical and cultural monuments of Myanmar are located. Renting a private ferry from Mandalay to Mingun costs about 30,000 kyats. Cow taxi in Mingun costs $5 per trip.

Pyin Oo Lwin

Pyin Oo Lwin Plateau (via Vietlong Travel)

Pyin Oo Lwin Plateau is located about 70km far from Mandalay center, at altitude 1,000m above sea level. The weather in here is very cool all year round. From Mandalay, there are two ways to get the Pyin Oo Lwin Plateau: hire a small coach (43,000 kyats) or tuk tuk (30,000 kyats).

Inle

Taxi from the station to Heho center (Shwe Nyaung) costs 6,500 kyats per trip. Boat tour at Inle Lake from the sunrise to sunset costs 16,000 kyats and tuk tuk from the hotel to Heho Station costs 8,000 kyats per trip.

The above is all about transportation tips in Myanmar. Hope that with all these information, you will have a budget, safe and unforgettable trip in Myanmar.

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