How to Plan Your Time in Burma + Itinerary 

[Author’s note 2017: Please consider the impact of your visit and the plight of the Rohingya when making your decision to go to Myanmar.]

What you will see in Burma (Myanmar): men in skirt-like longyi, women and children with thanaka paste on their faces, red betelnut-stained sidewalks, lady monks clad in pink, horse carts as a main form of transportation.

What you won’t see in Burma: Starbucks. McDonald’s.  Hardly any ATMs.  Tourist infrastructure.

Burma, to me, is one of the most exciting places on Earth to visit at this moment.  A friend and I remarked that the experience was how we imagined traveling fifty years ago might have been.  In many ways sheltered from the rest of the world until recent years, the country retains a raw, unfiltered quality — unsullied by mass tourism.

Two Weeks In Burma/Myanmar

The challenges of planning and executing travel in Burma, while steep at times – offer the reward of experiences (and conversations with locals) you just can’t get elsewhere on the planet.

So without further adieu, let’s dive in.  Whether you have two, three, or four weeks to spend in Burma…you won’t forget your time there.

Baseline Burma Trip: Two Weeks

This trip is the “Golden Kite” classic itinerary, featuring the highlights.


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I have a slew of post drafts for Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and even Bangkok (eventually) coming your way.

I can’t help but share the following from my first day in Burma…I can’t begin to tell you how much I have already fallen for this place.  The sights have blown me away, the people are some of the kindest and friendliest I have encountered, and the food…well, the food is spectacular.

I’ve only been in the country one day but I already can’t stop smiling.  Please enjoy the following photos; I love bringing you along on my journey! 🙂



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