35 days in Mandalay Region Itinerary

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Naypyidaw
— 3 nights
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Popa
— 6 nights
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Bagan
— 11 nights
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Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
— 5 nights
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Mandalay
— 9 nights
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Naypyidaw — 3 nights

Naypyidaw, officially spelled Nay Pyi Taw is the capital city of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Take a break from Naypyidaw with a short trip to Kyauktalon Taung (Hillock) in Mawlamyine, about 7h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thatta Thattaha Maha Bawdi Pagoda, take in nature's colorful creations at National Landmark Garden, make a trip to 20 Lane Highway, and admire the local landmark of Naypyitaw Water FountainPark.

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Yangon (Rangoon) to Naypyidaw is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December in Naypyidaw, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Popa.
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Popa — 6 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Popa: Sale (Shin Bin Maha Laba Man Temple & Yoke Sone Kyaung) and Nat Taung Kyaung Monastery (in Leya).

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Popa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Naypyidaw to Popa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. On the 13th (Fri), you're off to Bagan.
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Bagan — 11 nights

The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
Spend the 22nd (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, contemplate the long history of Shwesandaw Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dhammayan Gyi Temple, and explore the ancient world of Bagan Temples.

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You can drive from Popa to Bagan in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo).
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Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) — 5 nights

City of Flowers

Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) was established by the British as a military outpost, but soon became the summer capital of British Burma, and a popular retreat for the colonial administration on account of its relatively cool and refreshing climate.
Go for a jaunt from Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) to Nawnghkio to see Goke Hteik Viaduct about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens, experience rural life at FAME Organic Pharming Project, explore the fascinating underground world of Hampshire Falls and Caves (Pwe Kauk), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Maha Ant Htoo Kan Thar Pagoda.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) itinerary builder.

Getting from Bagan to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Mandalay on the 29th (Sun).
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Mandalay — 9 nights

Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mandalay: Tamote Shwe Gu Gyi Pagoda (in Kyaukse), Shin Phu Me (in Mingun) and Irrawaddy Bridge (in Sagaing). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Shwenandaw Monastery, snap pictures at U Bein Bridge, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and don't miss a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mandalay trip itinerary planner.

Take a shuttle from Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) to Mandalay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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Mandalay Region travel guide

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Tours in Mandalay Region usually involve visits to temples and monasteries, with a touch of natural sightseeing to add to the experience. With half of Myanmar’s monks residing in Mandalay Region, the area teems with temples and Buddhist festivities. Ornate pagodas and layered stupas perched on sacred hills house enormous gilt Buddha sculptures and elaborate timber structures, with old fortresses surrounded by moats nearby. The area's scenic nature provides many hiking opportunities, with powerful waterfalls and picturesque botanical gardens standing out as the highlights. During a Mandalay Region holiday, visitors can walk one of the world’s longest pillared foot bridge across a huge lake, sample the distinctive local cuisine, or visit a market for freshwater fish and produce. More adventurous visitors can get a bird's-eye view over the region, with hot air balloon rides offering thrilling vistas and proving popular among tourists.
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