Sunset in Bagan

Two weeks in Myanmar: An itinerary

Whilst planning my Southeast Asia trip, I have to admit that the idea of visiting Myanmar hadn’t even crossed my mind. I didn’t really know much about the country and in all honesty, my initial perceptions of it was that it was quite dangerous for tourists to visit. Of course, I was completely wrong.

However as I became more familiar with travelling Southeast Asia and I met more and more travellers who could only sing Myanmar’s praises, I became increasingly keen to visit this country that sounded so fascinating, so intriguingly different to anywhere else I’d heard of. I had been told that now is prime time to visit, as it is one of the few countries in Southeast Asia that isn’t teeming with tourists, fast food outlets and commerciality. And being the curious little explorer that I am, I sure didn’t want to miss out!

I toyed with the idea for a while. It wasn’t originally part of my plan, so my time there would be limited, or I would have to sacrifice plans in other parts of Southeast Asia. As well as that, my friends weren’t willing to pay for the extra visa costs and flights to get there, and one downfall of the country being so uninterrupted by tourists meant that it would 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 go for 2 weeks. I usually spend about 3-4 weeks in each country in Southeast Asia, so I knew it would be a challenge to see everything I wanted in just 2 weeks. Here’s how we crammed it all in.

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Bangkok city

How I planned for 6 months travelling South East Asia

Hi, and welcome to my first post! I currently write this whilst sitting at a rather empty Delhi airport with my two travel buddies in the early hours of the morning as we wait 7 hours for our connecting flight to Bangkok. We’ve been planning this 6-month trip to South East Asia for almost a year now and although I always knew planning for such a big trip would take up a lot of time, I never anticipated just how much time. Adding in the fact that we were leaving just after Christmas, along with my own personal tendency to leave things quite last minute (bad habit!) meant that the two months leading up to our trip were hectic to say the least!

Waiting at London Heathrow

That’s why I thought to get this blog started  it might be useful to make a checklist for others that might be thinking of travelling. Some points are really small tiny things to check off, but are important nonetheless and can be easy to forget.

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