Last Day in Yangon – Shwedagon Pagoda, Relaxing Day

We arrived in Yangon around 6.30 am and our driver hasn’t arrived yet by that time. So we went into JJ express office and waited on the bench. At 6,45am our driver came and drove us to our first destination, Lucky Seven Restaurant for breakfast. The restaurant was very crowded and there were plenty of tourists.

After fully recharged with energy, we went to Shwedagon temple, finally. Entrance was USD 8 for foreigners. It was a huge compound. Unfortunately, there was some restoration going on, therefore the big pagoda was covered with scaffolds, but the shape is still very visible. There was a smaller golden pagoda that was restricted to foreigner, and we felt very disappointed with this discrimination.

A monk praying under the sacred Bodhi Tree in Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
A monk praying under the sacred Bodhi Tree
Buddha's life events paintings in Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
Buddha’s life events
Shwedagon Pagoda under restoration
Shwedagon Pagoda under restoration, sigh!
Shwedagon Pagoda under restoration
Restoration
The huge compound of Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
The huge compound of Shwedagon
The huge compound of Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
The huge compound of Shwedagon
The huge compound of Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
The huge compound of Shwedagon

After spending over an hour in Shwedagon, we went to Sule pagoda. It was a small and old pagoda, and we spent less than 10 minutes inside. Afterwards, we went to our hotel to check in, take shower and rest, and followed by lunch at Urashi japanese restaurant nearby our hotel. Midway through our lunch, it rained. It was our first and only rain in Myanmar, lol.

Japanese food in Yangon, Myanmar
Our lunch at a Japanese restaurant near our hotel

Our driver drove us to river at Bota Taung area. We strolled along the not very beautiful river side and stumbled upon Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel. It was a luxury hotel inside a yacht that is permanently anchored at the jetty. The best thing about it is the affordable price! Walk-in price is about USD 120, including one night stay in a nicely pirate-decorated room and breakfast for 2. How do we know it’s nicely decorated? Well we talked to the receptionist and request to view the room lol! It was luxurious for our standard and we felt that it had a good value for money. We would consider it if we ever visit Yangon again. Too bad I didn’t take any photos so I couldn’t post it here, but the photos can be easily found on the internet.

Bota Taung area at Yangon, Myanmar
Bota Taung area

Then we told the driver we wanted to do shopping and he drove us to Taw Win Centre, which is a shopping mall! We actually wanted a market where people sell souvenirs, but anyway, we found good snacks in the supermarket so we were glad. After shopping, we went back to hotel around 5pm to rest again. Driver has been working for 10 hours and he was rushing to go back.

At night, we met our travel agent who has been making all the necessary arrangement for our trip. We have had great time in Myanmar thanks to our travel agent. I recommend anyone requiring car rental and bus transport to check their website. We went for dinner at YKKO Myanmar. The minus point of the restaurant was the mosquitoes. But a simple mosquito repellent will solve the issue. The noodle that we ordered was indeed very good and worth a try if you stay nearby Chinatown. After dinner, we went back to hotel and had our final night rest in Myanmar.

We woke up the next morning and rushed to the airport. Bought some last minute souvenirs and had lunch at the airport before we bid farewell to the land of golden pagoda, Myanmar.

Date visited: 27-28 October 2014

Visiting Inle Lake, Myanmar

We arrived at Nyaung Shwe at 5.50am. The bus dropped us at Nyaung Shwe, where we can walk directly to Inle Lake. At first we thought that the bus will drop us at Shwe Nyaung junction, and we had to do transfer by car to Nyaung Shwe, fortunately our driver in Mandalay helped us check with JJ express staff and told us that we will arrive directly at Nyaung Shwe town near Inle.

Upon meeting our guide, he brought us to a local eating place for breakfast. After breakfast, we walked to jetty and enjoyed our boat tour. I love love love the boat and the lake!

The jetty at Nyaung Shwe, Inle, Myanmar
The jetty -The starting point

During the boat tour, we visited craft shop where we used the toilet for long time (operated by long neck tribe), silver smith, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, textile workshop, wood carving. We had lunch at Nice Restaurant where we ordered cheap and delicious lake fish. Then we visited Nga Phe Chaung Monastery and concluded our boat trip.

Fisherman in Inle Lake, Myanmar
Fisherman in Inle Lake
Morning sun in Inle Lake, Myanmar
Morning sun
Fisherman in Inle Lake, Myanmar
Fisherman in Inle Lake
Bliss in Inle Lake, Myanmar
Bliss in Inle Lake
Sky, mountain and sea in Inle Lake, Myanmar
Sky, mountain and sea is all I need
Pagoda in Inle lake, Myanmar
Pagoda by the lake
Advertisement spot in Inle lake, Myanmar
Perfect spot for advertisement!
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inle Lake, Myanmar
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inle Lake, Myanmar
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
Blissful scenery in Inle Lake, Myanmar
Blissful scenery in Inle Lake
Blissful scenery in Inle Lake, Myanmar
Blissful scenery in Inle Lake
Playground in Inle Lake, Myanmar
I want this kind of playground too!
Blissful scenery in Inle Lake, Myanmar
Blissful scenery in Inle Lake
Blissful scenery in Inle Lake, Myanmar
Blissful scenery in Inle Lake
Restaurant in Inle Lake, Myanmar
Spotted a big restaurant
Blissful scenery in Inle Lake, Myanmar
Blissful scenery in Inle Lake
Weaving material, Inle Lake, Myanmar
For weaving
Construction in progress, Inle Lake, Myanmar
Construction in progress. Spotted dangerous activity without safety measure! Guess they know how to swim well.
Wood building in Inle Lake, Myanmar
Everything is made of wood here
Our lunch at Nice Restaurant, Inle Lake, Myanmar
Our cheap and delicious lunch at Nice restaurant
View from Nice restaurant, Inle Lake, Myanmar
View from our restaurant
Boat as transportation for agriculture, Inle Lake, Myanmar
Boat as transportation for agriculture
Heavenly! Inle Lake, Myanmar.
Heavenly!
Beautiful school in Inle Lake, Myanmar.
Beautiful school
Monastery in Inle Lake, Myanmar
Monastery, our last stop before concluding the boat trip

After boat trip, one guy from the travel agent told us to wait for bus at JJ express office. He also told us that it’s far from jetty so we need to take rickshaw, which cost us 3 USD for 3 person. We bargained to 2 USD for 3 person. They agreed and it took us 5 minutes rickshaw journey to reach JJ express office! We were scammed! Fortunately it’s just a small amount. We then took short rest at JJ express office and took shower lol!! After shower, we had early dinner at French Touch Restaurant. Then we went back to JJ express and they told us the bus arrival will be delayed til 6.45pm instead of 6pm, so we took a walk and stopped at Inle Palace for beer and snacks.

Finally at 6.45pm we boarded the JJ express bus to Yangon. This bus journey provided us with dinner. We stopped by some place to eat our dinner. It was a bumpy mountain road with many twists and turns. My body couldn’t take that much amount of twists and turns and I ended up vomiting. Then, it was peaceful bus ride to Yangon.

Amarapura, Mingun, Sagaing, U Bein Bridge, Mandalay

It was one ambitious day of squeezing so many places in a day. We had breakfast at hotel, and checked out at 8.30am. Our first stop of the day was longyi workshop in Amarapura. All these times, I never understand how weaving machine works. Upon observation in this workshop, I finally got some basic idea how the machine works and how the pattern is formed. Weaving is a hard work.

In the longyi workshop

Then we went to Mahagandayon Monastery. At 10.20 am, the monks will queue to get their food. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of monks. The notice board requested tourist to be quiet, however, of course, most tourists were too excited with this rare sights, so they were capturing photos with cameras, phones, ipads. Everyone was trying to get the best angle, and many people are even standing on the middle of the road before the ceremony started. And a lottttt of the tourists donated food and money by putting them on top of the bowls that monks were carrying.

Near Mahagandayon Monastery

Honestly I was not happy with all the eager tourists. Firstly, the monks are supposed to practice awareness in daily life, thus tourists need to stop disturbing them by taking photos and causing so much noise. Secondly, when tourists put so many things on monk’s bowl, the monk ended up carrying heavy stuff due to selfishness of the tourists. Thirdly, tourists need not give money directly to monks, they can donate through the temple organisation. Monks are practicing minimalist life without material, so there is no need to give them material stuffs. I really hope there will be some security officers that could control the situation in the future. Call me selfish, it’s just my honest feeling.

Notice for tourists
Monks lining up to collect food

Okay enough about complaint. Moving on, we made our way to Mingun. We passed by Ayeyarwady bridge on the way and saw Ave Bridge. Upon reaching, we had lunch at one of the local restaurant by the river. After lunch, we visited Mingun Paya (the unfinished pagoda), Mingun Bell and Hsin-byu-me Pagoda (white pagoda). They are all located very near to each other.

Ayeyarwady Bridge
Lunch at Mingun
View from Mingun Paya
The staircase leading to the top of Mingun Paya
View from Mingun Paya
View from Mingun Paya
Staircase of Mingun Paya
Mingun Paya
Some rocks
Beach in Mingun
Beach in Mingun
Mingun Bell
Mingun Bell
Mingun White Pagoda
Mingun White Pagoda
Mingun White Pagoda
Mingun White Pagoda

After Mingun, our next stop is Sagaing. In Sagaing, we visited Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda where we can see sagaing area and Ayeyarwady river from the hill (our driver called it Asian Pagoda), and U Min Thonze Caves where you can see a row of beautiful Buddha statues. We didn’t spend much time in Sagaing because we need to rush to go to U Bein Bridge in Amarapura for sunset.

Amazed seeing lorry crane in a small road
Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda
Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda
Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda
Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda
Artist at work
U Min Thonze Caves

After sunset, we had dinner at Tom Yum Goong 2 in Amarapura. We had their mookata buffet for 8000 kyats/person excluding drink. It was a really good bargain. Furthermore, the environment was very relaxed and romantic. We were very happy with the dinner, and we highly recommend it to people visiting Amarapura. We then took JJ express bus around 9.30pm to Nyaung Shwe (Inle).

It’s hard to believe this photo is real and not a painting! Before sunset at Amarapura
Amazing sunset at U-bein Bridge, Amarapura
The amazing twilight just after sunset at U-bein Bridge, Amarapura

Date visited: 25 October 2014

Mandalay Sightseeing: Maha Muni, Royal Palace, Golden Palace Monastery, Largest Book, Mandalay Hill

It was the worse overnight bus we took in Myanmar. My friend almost vomit, and I was cursing about the loud yell every time the bus stop at any drop off point. We arrived in Mandalay bus station at 2am. Upon arriving, there are many shouting in local language, I’m not sure if it’s some arguments, or they are just trying to get attention of bus passengers. And it was very dark and dirty at the bus station.

What makes the whole thing worst is our terrible driver. He was not there when we arrived, we called him and the phone was off. Eventually we called our travel agent in Yangon, and he made some calls, and told us to wait a while. So we sat down in a rundown coffee shop until he showed up at 2.45am. Then we went to hotel to check in and rest til morning.

We were all fresh and ready for breakfast at 9am, unfortunately the hotel breakfast was already finished at 9am. So we had to eat outside. Our driver drove us to Mandalay Donuts. There was not many selection of food there, only donuts, bakeries, some fried snacks, and noodle. We ordered noodle, and we were served instant cup noodles! So much for the first impression of Mandalay.

Our first stop for sightseeing of the day is Maha Muni Pagoda. At the center of pagoda, there is a section where only men are allowed inside. The statue of Buddha is located at this center section. Men pray and give donation in the form of golden leaf. They would stick the golden leaf on the statue. Due to overwhelming amount of golden leaf on the statue at Maha Muni, the shape of the statue has changed, only the face remains the same as original statue.

Maha Muni Pagoda

Our next stop is marble carving street. It was a street with many vendors selling carved marbles. We bought a rabbit marble for 2500 kyats. Then we went to a golden leaf beating workshop. We saw the process of beating gold, to be made into golden leaf for donation. Our lunch was at Unique Restaurant.

Marble carving
Myanmar umbrellas
Beating the gold
Sticking of gold to statue
Lunch at Unique Restaurant

After lunch, we explored the Royal Palace. It was really a big complex with so many halls. There is a watch tower too. For some of the halls, there is a wood shelter on the roof.

In front of Royal Palace
In front of Royal Palace
Inside Royal Palace
The magnificent Royal Palace
At Royal Palace, view from top of watch tower
View from watch tower at Royal Palace

Then we went to Atumashi Monastery, before heading to nearby Golden Palace Monastery (Shwe Nandaw Kyaung). I love love love the wood carvings on the doors, door frames, and walls. Afterwards, we went to Kuthodaw Pagoda to see the World’s largest book. And eventually we waited at Mandalay Hill for the sunset.

Atumashi Monastery
Inside Atumashi Monastery, nothing much
The wonderful wood carving at Shwe Nandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery)
At Golden Palace Monastery
Very sweet door at Golden Palace Monastery
The Golden Palace Monastery
Kuthodaw Pagoda (the world’s largest book)
And this is one page of the world’s largest book
A humble nun
The miniature of Kuthodaw Pagoda
Kuthodaw Pagoda
Mandalay Hill rooftop
View from Mandalay Hill
View from Mandalay Hill
At Mandalay Hill
Sunset from Mandalay Hill
Sunset from Mandalay Hill
Sunset from Mandalay Hill

Our dinner was at Rainforest Restaurant, a decent thai food restaurant, also in Tripadvisor list. After dinner, we went back to hotel and rest early because we were going to have a long day the next day.

Dinner at Rainforest Restaurant

Date visited: 24 October 2014

Mount Popa and Bagan Sightseeing

We began our day by breakfast at Black Rose restaurant, the same place that we had our dinner the night before. The breakfast was complimentary from our hotel. Despite bad experience the night before. the breakfast serving was considered prompt, perhaps because we were the only group there. The breakfast portion was not bad.

After breakfast, at 9am, our driver was ready at the hotel reception. And we set off to Mount Popa. The whole journey takes probably around 1 hour or more. Our nice guide brought us to some small temple for toilet break where we snapped some photos of Mount Popa monastery from far.

View of Mount Popa Monastery from the location of our toilet break

One things to note is: Mount Popa is actually a volcano of 1500 metre high, while the famous monastery is actually located at a smaller hill just beside Mount Popa. This smaller hill is called Taung Kalat. However, people usually refer it as Mount Popa Monastery.

Once we arrive at the bottom of the monastery, our driver dropped us and we made our way to the summit through the stairways. However, though I didn’t count the steps that I took, I did not feel that I climbed 700 steps of stairs, it only felt like 300 steps. But it was a tiring, yet truly rewarding climb. From the monastery, we can see the great Mount Popa.

Keep your belongings tight and don’t hold any food!
The view during staircase ascent
Another angle of view from Mount Popa Monastery
The roofs over staircases to the Mount Popa Monastery
At Mount Popa Monastery
Cute cats embracing each other
View of the Great Mount Popa from Mount Popa Monastery
View from top of Mount Popa Monastery, can’t get tired of this!

After spending few hours enjoying the breeze at the Mount Popa monastery, we descend down the stairways again towards our rented van. Our driver recommended us to have lunch at Yangon Restaurant, however since I saw that Popa Mountain Resort Restaurant is in the list of tripadvisor, I requested the driver to bring us there instead.

The price of the food at Popa Mountain Resort Restaurant was a bit steep because it was a resort! However the Indonesian fried rice was not that expensive, thus we went for it. Also, the resort has a mountain view point where we can see Mt Popa Monastery and the surrounding.

View of Monastery from Popa Mountain Resort Restaurant

It was another over 1 hour journey back to Bagan. In the middle of the journey, the driver brought us to a small market. Once we reached Bagan, we went for more temple sightseeings. such as Phaya Thon Zu Phaya, Tham Bula Phaya, Lay, Myet, Hnar Complex.

Market
In Bagan
Tham Bula Phaya in Bagan
Dog’s attention
In Bagan

And eventually we settled ourselves at Pyathada Paya for sunset.

Getting ready for sunset at Pyathada Paya
Shooting of little kid
Candid shoot of whom I suspect as locals
At the top of Pyathada Paya
Sunset at Pyathada Paya
Sunset at Pyathada Paya
Sunset at Pyathada Paya
Sunset at Pyathada Paya
Sunset at Pyathada Paya

After sunset, we went to Weather Spoon’s for dinner. The serving time took 1 hour too! In my opinion, I do not find the food as very good, considering they are at the top of tripadvisor list.

After dinner, we went to bus station. At about 9.30pm we boarded overnight bus which will take us to Mandalay.

Date visited: 23 October 2014

Bagan: Temples and Sunset

The bus journey took almost 10 hours. We arrived at Bagan bus station almost 6am. Our driver was ready with a paper of my name. He was a nice guy, very friendly, very polite, very warm, and spoke little English. We requested him to bring us to a place where we can go to toilet, he drove us to a guesthouse and let us use the toilet for free. My friend even took shower there lol. From guest house, we officially started our Bagan sightseeing journey. We were told to pay USD 15 as entrance fee to visit Bagan and Mount Popa, the ticket is valid for 5 days.

Our first stop of temple was Shwezigon Pagoda, it was a mini-sized Shwedagon pagoda. Since it was early in the morning, the temple was very quiet and the weather was not too hot yet. It was the best time to visit a pagoda. After Shwezigon, we visitied Htilominlo Pagoda. It was a brickstone temple with detailed carvings.

Shwezigon Pagoda, a mini-sized version of Shwedagon 
Details of Htilominlo
Bird feeding at Htilominlo
Htilominlo

After 2 temples, our stomach yearned for food. Our driver drove us to The Moon Vegetarian Restaurant which is quite near to our previous temple. However they only serve western style breakfast. As Asian people, we wish to have a heavy meal for breakfast. Thus we checked the opposite Yar Pyi Restaurant and found out that they serve everything in their menu for all day. So we settled ourselves and enjoyed our nice breakfast. The price was not expensive at all. And the owner was very friendly and helpful, she pushed the big whiteboard of recommended menu to face us, so that we can make decision easily. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Menu of Yar Pyi Restaurant
My breakfast at Yar Pyi Restaurant

Moving on, we visited Ananda temple which was just a few seconds drive away from restaurant. Ananda is quite a big temple on a big compound. The interesting thing about Ananda Temple is, about half of the facade is old, and the other half is brand new. If I take a photo of each old and new facade separately, you won’t be able to tell the difference. I can’t say that they are doing renovation / repainting, because I didn’t see any workers doing any work, neither did I see any scaffolding. Hence, I’ll just appreciate this interesting combination.

The old-feeling facade of Ananda Temple
The new-feeling facade of Ananda Temple

Next, we visited 5 more pagodas in a flash: Thatbyinnyu. Shwe Gu Gyi, Buphaya, Gawdaw Palin, Gu Byauk Gyi, It was an accomplishment to have visited 8 pagodas before lunch time.

Thatbyinnyu Pagoda
View from Shwe Gu Gyi Pagoda
Another view from Shwe Gu Gyi Pagoda
Buphaya Pagoda by the river
River near Buphaya Pagoda
Boats at river near Buphaya
Traditional dolls

Our lunch was a buffet myanmar food which cost us 3500 kyat per person, excluding drinks. I absolutely have no recollection of the restaurant name as I was too tired and hungry. It looked similar to Golden Myanmar Restaurant though.

Buffet Myanmar food for lunch

After feeling fully recharged, we continued our ambitious quest of visiting most of the temples in Bagan. We visited Sulamani, Dhamma Yangyi, Manuha (restoration in progress), nearby Nam, Abeyadana, Lawkahteikpan, and finally Shwe San Daw for sunset.

Sulamani Temple
Painting inside Sulamani
Totally can’t recall the name of this pagoda
View from Shwe San Daw Pagoda
Sunset at Shwe San Daw Pagoda
Sunset at Shwe San Daw Pagoda

After sunset, we finally checked into our hotel at Thiri Sandar Hotel at New Bagan. The renovation / construction was going on at the time of our visit. We had our dinner at nearby Black Rose Restaurant. The time taken by restaurant to serve our dish was about 1 hour, which is terrible considering how hungry we were. After 1 round of complaint, our dinner came in 10 minutes. After dinner, we called it a day.

Date visited: 22 October 2014

Yangon Sightseeing

Relief was overflowing as we landed on this golden land. Perhaps it was the worry and stress that have built up during the planning stage. Or perhaps it’s the visa issue.

We spent few weeks going back and forth discussing whether we should take customised tour from travel agent, or to do DIY trip that involves heavy detailed planning of places to visit and how to navigate. The former would be expensive but convenient, while the latter is super cheap but extremely inconvenient. Eventually we settled on renting car & driver for sightseeing during the day, and overnight buses for travelling between cities. Thus the cost incurred and the convenience level is at medium range.

We thought that travel between ASEAN countries doesn’t require visa anymore. We didn’t worry about that until 5 days before our trip. We realised on Thursday night, and our flight would be on Tuesday. Thus we went down to Myanmar Embassy in Singapore, but they said that we have to make appointment online. And there was no more slots on that day. So we made appointment for Monday, luckily the visa can be granted on the same day! That’s a panic attack.

And there we were, safely landed at Yangon International Airport, on time, despite recent outrage about Jetstar’s delayed flight that affected thousands of passengers the week before. After immigration, we changed our money to kyats at the airport. The rate was very good, 1 SGD = 775 kyats. And then we met our guide for the day, Mr Zo.

Our first stop of the day was Reclining Buddha Temple (Chauk Htat Gyi), no admission fees required. It was a quiet temple with dim lighting and a grand statue of reclining buddha. There is even a corner in the temple with metal staircase for visitors to take photo from the angle that could capture the whole statue.

Reclining Buddha Temple

Next stop was lunch at Feel Restaurant. It was quite a chaotic restaurant because there are way too many guests, too many staffs, and SO many food. We chose about 7 dishes. The meal comes with a plate of vegetables with chili, soups. free flow rice and tea, and desserts. My favorite was fried pork with dry chili, yummy.. The total cost was about 16000 kyats in total (SGD 20).

Lunch at Feel Restaurant

After lunch, we went to Bogyoke Aung San Market. The majority items for sale are jade and longyi, which are not my favorite things in life. I felt bored with the market and didn’t spend a single cent, except for mineral water.

In front of Bogyoke Aung San Market
Paintings for sale at Bogyoke Aung San Market

Next stop was Sule Pagoda and Colonial buildings. We decided not to enter Sule Pagoda on that day and to return during our second last day in Yangon. So our guide brought us around the colonials area, including Independence Monument at Maha Bandula Park. Beware: massive attack of street photographs follows!

Sule Pagoda
People protesting about land rights
Yangon High Court
Sule Pagoda behind fountain
Yangon City Hall
Street views at colonial area
Street views at colonial area
Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation
Street views at colonial area
Street views at colonial area
Street views at colonial area
Street snacks that I didn’t try
Street views at colonial area
What a delicacy

Afterwards, we went to Schwedagon just to take the photos from outside, because we don’t have enough time to explore the pagoda but we wanted to see it with our eyes on the first day. After that, we went to the driver house to use their bathroom for shower because we were going to take overnight bus on that day and didn’t have any place to shower. From the driver house, he drove us to a restaurant on the way to bus station. We were in a rush so I didn’t notice the restaurant name, it was just a simple restaurant with cheap but not that nice fried rice lol.

Schwedagon Pagoda from far
Dinner before overnight bus journey

And eventually we arrived at bus station just in time to board our JJ express bus at 8pm to our next destination: Bagan. It was a first class bus with built-in monitor to listen to songs and to watch TV / movies. They provide coffee/tea and snacks for breakfast. In the middle of the bus journey, they had a few stops for supper and toilet break. It was a good bus.

First class JJ Express bus

Date visited: 21 October 2014

8 days Myanmar Trip Overview (21 – 28 October 2014) – Itinerary and Cost

This is how the trip was initiated:

I’ve been curious about this country for some time, but the flights from Singapore aren’t that affordable. One fine afternoon, I was browsing around jetstar website since they have promotion and bookings must be done on that day before 6pm. And I spotted sg-ygn-sg return flight for the price of SGD 95 only! That is ridiculously cheap. I called up my friends and told them they need to decide RIGHT NOW. And there we go, booking successfully made within few hours.


How many people my team is made of:

There are 3 of us


How my itinerary looks like:

Yangon (1) – Bagan (2) – Mandalay (2) – Inle (1) – Yangon (1.5)


How my travelling style is:

Since 2 of us can’t ride bicycle and drive, so bicycle, motorbike and self driving are out of question. And it’s not easy to visit those temples on foot. The only 2 choices left are: horse cart and car with driver. We decide to opt for car with driver for our “getting around” mode of transport. For transport between cities, we opt for overnight buses.

How much I spent:

In total, approximately SGD 770. And the breakdown is:

1. Flight = SGD 95

2. Insurance = SGD 38

3. Car rental and overnight buses = USD 237 = SGD 303

4. Hotels = USD 70 = SGD 90

5. Entrance fees to city = USD 35 = SGD 45

6. Food, attraction entrance fees, others = SGD 199

And now, brace yourself for loads and loads of pagoda photos!