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An Eye-Opening Itinerary Through Myanmar and Indonesia

Burmese Days and Indo Nights – Indonesia and Myanmar
Summary of our trip with highlights, take aways, statistics and an itinerary through Myanmar and Indonesia.

A trip through Indonesia and Myanmar was exciting and eventful, but not without surprises and challenges. As I took off for my flight home and stared out the small oval window, I couldn’t help but wonder what other mysteries are still to be discovered in these two very different countries.

Indonesia Highlights

Myanmar (Burma) Highlights

Itinerary

Indonesia
Day 1: Jakarta – Arrive and have a nice local Indonesian meal.
Day 2: Jakarta, Bandung – Tour the city center and its many museums. Take an afternoon bus to Bandung.
Day 3: Bandung – Observe the different vibe of the city. Visit the volcano Tangkuban Perahu. Join a show at Udjo.
Day 4: Bandung, Jakarta, Bali – Take an early bus to Jakarta. See the ships at Sunda Kelapa before catching a flight to Bali. Driving a rental from Depasar to Lovina.
Day 5: Bali – Recuperate from the travel and relax at the Banjar Hotsprings.
Day 6: Bali – See the dolphins of Lovina then explore the mountains, Kintamani, and the Temple of Besakih.
Day 7: Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Yangon – Drive south with a stop at Git Git Waterfall. Visit Uluwatu Temple and the famous surfing beaches before flying off to Yangon.

Myanmar
Day 8: Yangon – Tour the sights of the city.
Day 9: Yangon, Bagan – Spend a morning at Shwedagon Pagoda before flying to Bagan for the sunset from Shwesandaw Temple.
Day 10: Bagan – Explore the ancient temple ruins.
Day 11: Bagan, Mandalay – Take a morning bus to Mandalay. Visit Mandalay Palace and other sights.
Day 12: Mandalay, Inle Lake – Jump on an early flight to Heho and tour Inle Lake.
Day 13: Inle Lake – See the floating market and Indein Temple Complex to conclude the trip. Go home.

Statistics

Total Time: 13 days, 12 nights
Total Distance Traveled by Car: ~430 mi (~690 km)
Total Distance Traveled by Plane: ~3720 mi (~5990 km)
Different Accommodations Stayed: 7
Different Types of Transportation Used: 5 (Plane, Car, Bus, Boat, and Horse cart)

Takeaways

Indonesia
Diversity – Cultures, religion, and people change from city to city, island to island.

Gridlock – And I thought Beijing traffic was bad. Nothing beats Jakarta.

Religious Tolerance – The majority of the country is muslim and I heard/read of intolerance towards other beliefs. A few shy people eating in a Jakarta KFC during Ramadan fasting must represent the minority. There seem to be pockets of different religions by area (for example, Bali is primarily Hindu).

Touristic Bali – The small island of natural beauty and a unique culture is saturated by large hotel chains and tip hungry strangers. An issue with many Southeast Asian areas, Bali lost a lot of its charm because it has become so touristic.

Myanmar
Authentic – Myanmar being recently opened is still very authentic and raw. Even at some major sites, tourists are still a minority. See Myanmar before it turns into Thailand!

Amiable – Almost all locals were friendly and hospitable. It’s refreshing to not feel like a large dollar sign when conversing with the community.

Domestic Flights – Their domestic airline market is very immature, but functional.

Politically Correct – Besides the military zone around Mandalay Palace, we didn’t see any soldiers or military presence (despite the negative reputation of the junta).

Face Cream – What looks like caked mud at a first glance is actually a face cream made of Thanaka root! This popular cream used mostly by women improve the skin and is “attractive”.

In general, both countries were interesting to explore. I would love a chance to see some other islands of Indonesia and would recommend visiting Myanmar sooner rather than later.

Did I miss any highlights of either country? Let me know in the comments below!

David De Clercq

About David De Clercq

Founder and writer at World-Adventurer.com, David is on a mission to travel to every country in the world and has less than 10 countries left! He loves new adventures, unique cultures, historic landmarks, and luxurious hotels. Follow along as David shares a journey of a lifetime!