6 days in Myanmar are perfect to travel to 2 or 3 famous destinations in Myanmar. Though Myanmar is a vast country, we can recommend some exciting itineraries so that you can fully discover this country on a 6-day tour.

Best Places and Activities for 6 Days in Myanmar

Myanmar is well-known for its religious buildings, colonial architecture, unspoiled nature, and especially kindhearted local people. These are some beautiful places and exciting activities for a 6-day tour to Myanmar:

1. Discover Burmese Economic and Cultural Hub – Yangon

Shwedagon Pagoda - Yangon
Shwedagon Pagoda – Yangon

Many tourists mistake Yangon to be the capital city of Myanmar; in fact, it is it is Nay Pyi Taw. However, Yangon still retains its cultural and historical aspects of an ancient capital and most tourists choose this city to be a start for their Burma discovery tour. The must-visit attraction in Yangon is Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred pagoda in this country. It stupas are covered with hundreds of golden plates with the top encrusted with 4,531 diamonds, making Shwedagon a real treasure. Moreover, the largest metropolitan city in the country, there is no lack of shopping centers, restaurants, and night entertainment here.

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2. Trek to Mandalay Hill

Mandalay Hill
Mandalay Hill

Climbing Mandalay Hill for a panoramic view of the city is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, particularly at sunrise or sunset. The scenery becomes charmingly romantic when the last rays of sunrise hit the top of splendid Sutaungpyei Pagoda. There are cars and buses to get to the top of Mandalay Hill, but most visitors choose to conquer the 1729-step stairway. You can also talk to the Burmese monks here in English. Most of them are studying at the nearby Buddhist University and wish to study abroad in Thailand or India, so they are eager to improve their English proficiency.

3. Admire sunset at U Bein Bridge

U Bein Bridge
U Bein Bridge

U Bein Bridge, with a length of 1.2 kilometers, is the longest teak bridge in the world. It crosses Taungthaman Lake to link two suburban areas of Mandalay. Monks and local residents often walk or bike over the bridge. Walking the bridge, or taking a boat to watch people passing on the bridge is a memorable experience when visiting Mandalay. U Bein Bridge has become one of the most popular photography sites in Myanmar, especially before sunset when lighting is the best here. The amazing thing about sunset at U Bein Bridge is that you can catch different colors of the scenery: sometimes oranges, sometimes vibrant red or violet.

4. Boat Trip to Inle Lake

Inle Lake
Inle Lake

To get a glimpse of captivating local life on the lake, there is no better view than from a boat along with some water villages here. These villages are the home to Intha people whose main livelihood is fishing. The most mesmerizing image you should capture on this lake is skillful leg-rowing fishermen who can expertly paddle flat-bottom boats with one leg and use the other leg to hold the boat. Traveling to Inle Lake, you will have a chance to visit amazing pagodas and monasteries rising above the water, bustling floating villages, unique stilt-house and enjoy amazing sunset view.

5. Visit Pagodas and Temples in Bagan

Ballooning over Bagan
Ballooning over Bagan

Bagan is well-known for being ‘The Land of Pagodas’ in Myanmar. Discovering some most beautiful temples In Bagan such as Ananda Temple, Shwezigon Pagoda, Dhamma Yangyi Temple, and Htilominlo Temple will provide you with essential information about Burmese history, religion, and architecture from the 9th to 13th century. There used to be more than 3000 pagodas in this city but after the earthquake in 2016, only 350 of them remains. Don’t forget to participate in some other activities such as biking or taking a horse-drawn carriage around the town and especially riding a hot balloon for the whole view of Bagan! Riding a hot air balloon is a thrilling and magical experience; you will feel like you are floating in a breeze and immersed in a vibrant landscape of golden spires hidden in lush green trees. The best time for this experience is between mid-October and mid-March when the wind is calm.

Recommended Itinerary for 6 Days in Myanmar

1. 6 Days in Myanmar at a Glimpse

Royal Palace - Mandalay
Royal Palace – Mandalay

Day 1: Arrive in Yangon. Visit Shwedagon Pagoda – the iconic symbol of this city and Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda.

Day 2: Fly to Bagan. Discover the history and culture of this quaint town by visiting some temples such as Ananda Temple, Dhamma Yangyi Temple, and Htilominlo Temple. Around 4 or 5 pm, transfer to the Irrawaddy River for a boat trip to admire sunset in Bagan.

Day 3: Fly to Mandalay. In the morning, visit U Bein Bridge – the longest teak bridge in the world. In the afternoon, proceed to Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Palace and take a local truck to Mandalay Hill for sunset.

Day 4: Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaungshwe. Take a boat trip around Inle Lake to discover life on the water and attend some local handicraft workshops. Take some pictures of local fishermen.

Day 5: Fly back to Yangon. Take time for shopping at Bogyoke Market (Scott’s market)

Day 6: Depart from Yangon

2. 6 Days in Myanmar in Depth

Itinerary 1: Yangon – Bagan – Inle Lake
Inle Lake - Myanmar Travel Guide
Inle Lake

Day 1: Arrive in Yangon. Depend on your arrival time, plan a visit to some pagodas in Yangon such as Sule Pagoda and Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda. However, do not miss the famous Shwedagon Pagoda – the icon of the city.

Day 2: Fly to Bagan. Take a half-day trip to Mount Popa. Around 4 or 5 pm, transfer to the Irrawaddy River for a boat trip.

Day 3: Discover the history and culture of this quaint town by visiting some pagodas, monasteries, and temples.  Transfer to Inle Lake in the afternoon.

Day 4: Take a boat tour around Inle Lake to see local life through floating villages, handicraft workshops, and religious sites.

Day 5: Spend time at a local market along the lake. In the afternoon, proceed to Heho Airport for a flight back to Yangon.

Day 6: Take time for private shopping at Bogyoke Aung San Market (or Scott’s Market) before departing from Yangon.

Itinerary 2: Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay
Ananda Temple - Bagan
Ananda Temple – Bagan

Day 1: Arrive in Yangon. In the afternoon, visit Sule Pagoda dating over 2600 years ago, Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Image, Botahtaung Pagoda and National Museum. In the evening, visit Shwedagon Pagoda (a landmark of Myanmar) and China town.

Day 2: Morning flight to Bagan. Discover the history and culture of this quaint town by visiting some pagodas, monasteries, and temples. Sunset at Shwesandaw Pagoda.

Day 3: Visit Minnanthu village. In the morning, spend time in Tayoke Pyay, Payathonzu and Nandamanya Temples (noted for exquisite 13th-century murals) and Kyat Kan Cave Monastery, a famous meditation center in Bagan. Visit farming houses around Bagan. In the afternoon, proceed to Nat Htaung Kyaung Monastery.

Day 4: Morning flight to Mandalay. Visit U Bein Bridge – the longest teak bridge in the world.

Day 5: Visit Mahamuni Pagoda and Shwenandaw Palace. In the afternoon, trek to the top of Mandalay Hill for sunset.

Day 6: Fly back to Yangon. Take time for private shopping before departing from Yangon International Airport.

3. 6 Days in Myanmar for Adventurous Tourists

Kalaw
Kalaw

Day 1: Arrive in Yangon in the morning. Visit Shwedagon Pagoda – the iconic symbol of this city and Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda.

Day 3: Fly to Heho and transfer to Kalaw. Take some rest and prepare for a trekking tour tomorrow.

Day 3: Drive to the trekking point – Lamine Village (Toung Yoe Tribe) to start your trekking tour. Discover the life of Danu people at the village. Then get to Pawke Village and Pattupauk Village. Overnight at a local family’s house.

Day 4: Leave from Pattupauk Village to Inle Lake. In this route, you can admire the beauty of jungles and waterfalls as well as the whole view of Inle Lake. In the afternoon, we will take a short boat trip along Inle Lake. Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 5: Fly to Mandalay. In the morning, visit U Bein Bridge – the longest teak bridge in the world. In the afternoon, proceed to Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Palace and take a local truck to Mandalay Hill for sunset.

Day 6: Take some private shopping before departing from Mandalay International Airport.

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