If you take a Myanmar tour 4 days, ideally, you should spend two days in Inle Lake, and two days in Golden Rock, Bagan.
Inle Lake- 2 days
From Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay you can reach Inle Lake (Nyaungshwe) with the routes like Yangon – Inle (about 15.000kyat, 16-20 hours), Bagan – Inle (about 11.000kyat, 12 hours, Mandalay – Inle (about 10,000 kyat, 10 hours) respectively.
In Nyaungshwe you can rent an elongated boat, which is very popular here, and take a trip around Inle lake from the morning to the evening with the cost of about $ 10,000 – 20.000kyat. Generally, the price which you directly bargain in the marina is cheaper than the one you ask at the hotel or inn.
Inle is the ideal place for you to breathe the air of the lake surrounded by hills and mountains. You should spend a whole day just sailing on the lake, watching the Myanmar men rowing on foot, visiting Phaung Daw Oo or Phaung daw Oo temple, visiting shops and meeting the long-necked women, buying a plate of beautiful silk woven from water lily’s filaments in the village, going into the tomato fields floating on the lake’s surface, having lunch at the floating restaurant…
The peaceful sunset in Inle Lake
If you choose to stay right in the lake, the cost will be expensive, especially in the resorts and floating hotels. The backpackers often come back to Nyaungshwe town near the lake to find the accommodation which costs from only USD 5-8/room/night. Joy Hotel Guesthouse is a typical illustration.
A resort on Inle Lake
Bago – Kyaikhtiyo- 2 days
In the second half of the Myanmar tour 4 days, you should be visit the Golden Rock Temple.
Kyaikhtiyo or Golden Rock temple is the place where tourists visit most frequently when they take a Myanmar tour 4 days or shorter. This is not because of the time limit but it is the uniqueness of the temple which has dragged the pilgrims’ footsteps to explore this land.
Golden Rock is said to store the hairpiece of the Buddha
You need at least 2 days to visit one of the treasures of Burma, Kyaikhtiyo temple, which is located on a rock attached to a large cliff. The easiest way is to buy a package tour visiting Bago and Kyaikhtiyo for about 70-100 USD if you don’t have enough time. If you are free, you can travel from Yangon to Kim Pun by bus (the nearest point to reach the Kyaikhtiyo temple) with the cost of about 7000kyats. From Kim Pun, you have to travel in a cramped truck with many passengers to reach the craggy peak with the cost of 1500kyats.
From the last stop of the truck, you need to walk 4km more to go to the Golden Rock temple, but it’s a worth trip to see one of the masterpieces of Myanmar Buddhism constructed by both human and nature.
Tourists shouldn’t sleep at the foot of the mountain because the price is generally high; you can go back to Kim Pun, stay in the hostel for $ 5-8 dollars and catch the early bus to come back to Bago in the following day.
During the journey from Kyaikhtiyo, you can stop in Bago, wander through the temples of the ancient capital and local markets to buy souvenirs. Bago is the old capital with a very slow pace of life. Let things gradually take you away in the final days in Myanmar.
The interesting puppets in Bagan
Hopefully, the world of the unique Buddhist temples of Myanmar will remain forever in your mind when you leave this fairy land. How simple but attractive is Myanmar.