While planning my Southeast Asia trip, I have to admit that the idea of visiting Myanmar hadn’t even crossed my mind. I didn’t know much about the country, and in all honesty, my initial perception of it was that it was pretty dangerous for tourists to visit. Of course, I was completely wrong.
However, as I became more familiar with travelling Southeast Asia and met more and more travellers who could only sing Myanmar’s praises, I became increasingly keen to visit Myanmar. It sounded so fascinating, so intriguingly different from anywhere else I’d heard of.
I’d been told it’s the prime time to visit Myanmar as it’s one of the few countries in Southeast Asia that isn’t teeming with tourists and fast food outlets. Being the curious little explorer that I am, I sure didn’t want to miss out.
I toyed with the idea of visiting Myanmar for a while. It wasn’t originally part of my trip, so my time there would be limited. Alternatively, I’d have to sacrifice plans in other parts of Southeast Asia.
Additionally, the friends I were travelling with weren’t willing to pay for the extra visa costs and flights to get there. One downfall of the country being so uninterrupted by tourists meant that it would likely be harder to meet other backpackers.
But when did that stop me? With good timing, I made a plan to go with someone I had met back in Laos, and we decided to voyage Myanmar for two weeks. I usually spend around three to four weeks in each country in Southeast Asia, so I knew it would be challenging to see everything I wanted in two weeks. Here’s how we crammed it all in.