18 days in Myanmar & Lijiang Itinerary

18 days in Myanmar & Lijiang Itinerary

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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
— 2 nights
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Hpa An, Myanmar
— 3 nights
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Kalaw, Myanmar
— 1 night
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Bagan, Myanmar
— 3 nights
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Lijiang, China
— 6 nights
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

— 2 nights

Garden City of the East

Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
You've now added Shwedagon Pagoda to your itinerary. On the 6th (Fri), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then pause for some photo ops at Shwedagon Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaukhtatgyi Buddha, get engrossed in the history at Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue, then stop by My-Hoya Gem and Jewelry Shop, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Bogyoke Aung San Market, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Yangon (Rangoon) journey planner.

Des Moines, USA to Yangon (Rangoon) is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12.5 hours traveling from Des Moines to Yangon (Rangoon). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hpa An.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

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Hpa An, Myanmar

— 3 nights
Hpa-An is the capital of Kayin State (also known as Karen State), Myanmar (Burma). Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Zwegabin and then take in the awesome beauty at Taung Wine Mountain. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Kyauk Ka Lat Pagoda, pause for some photo ops at Shwe Yin Myaw Pagoda, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lumbini Gardens.

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Traveling by car from Yangon (Rangoon) to Hpa An takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Hpa An, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Kalaw.

Things to do in Hpa An

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
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Kalaw, Myanmar

— 1 night
Established by British civil servants as a summer resort, Kalaw retains much of its colonial feel.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hnee Paya, surround yourself with nature on Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp- Day Tours, make a trip to Thein Taung Pagoda Monastery, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally get great views at Christ The King Church.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kalaw itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Hpa An to Kalaw in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bagan.

Things to do in Kalaw

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Bagan, Myanmar

— 3 nights
The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
On the 12th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Lemyethna Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lawkananda Pagoda, then look for gifts at Jasmine Family Lacquerware Workshop, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nan Hpaya. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Bagan Temples, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shwezigon Pagoda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ananda Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mya Zedi Temple, and finally head outdoors with Shwe-gyu-gyi.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bagan online visit planner.

Getting from Kalaw to Bagan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sat) before leaving for Lijiang.

Things to do in Bagan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors
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Lijiang, China

— 6 nights

Suzhou on the Plateau

The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lijiang Spruce Plain and Lijiang Mural in Baisha Village. Get some historical perspective at Old Town of Lijiang - China and Baisha Ancient Town. Venture out of the city with trips to Yulong County (Yulong Snow Mountain Ski Area & Yufeng Temple of Lijiang) and Shangri-La County (Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) & Shanghutiao Canyon). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Blue Moon Valley, relax and rejuvenate at Banyan Tree Spa Lijiang, browse the exhibits of Rhizome - Lijiang art center, and admire the landmark architecture of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lijiang trip builder site.

You can fly from Bagan to Lijiang in 10.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Bagan to Lijiang, you'll lose 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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Myanmar travel guide

3.8
Golden Land
Closed to Western travelers for most of the 20th century, Myanmar draws an increasing number of visitors with its gilded pagodas and elaborately decorated temples. Visitors looking for sun and sand opt to vacation on Myanmar's many isolated beaches, ideal for escaping the modern world and kicking back with a drink and a book. In the cities, savvy shoppers easily find bargains on high-quality textiles, antiques, traditional tapestries, and precious stones. A well-rounded Myanmar itinerary also includes a few leisurely activities, like drinking tea at a cozy teahouse, enjoying a hearty meal at a family-run eatery, and pausing to contemplate at a centuries-old Buddhist shrine.

China travel guide

4.4
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.