Many travelers want to know how to get around in Myanmar?
For a female solo traveler without a guidebook or a hard-set plan, getting around Myanmar didn’t feel difficult… at all. Using the Burmese transportation system always felt fairly efficient and safe. Although I didn’t get to a chance to try the train or the long-distance boat, what I experienced was surprisingly good and occasionally, quirky.
Okay, there were a few questionable moments when I was thinking… WTF?! But thankfully, they all ended well. The worst I encountered was when I thought I was being scammed in Bagan only to find out horse-drawn carriages at 3 am in the morning were modus operandi. Myanmar can be unique.
How do you book your transportation in Myanmar?
I didn’t see many tourist agency offices. I knew they had to exist but unlike other countries, there weren’t throngs of agencies lining walkways. But then again, I didn’t feel like there was any need to have them.
Inquiring with your Burmese guesthouse or hotel about transportation options, they’ll tell you what’s available to use, down to the long-distance bus schedules. If you’re moving onto another city, they’ll book your bus for you. Throw the Burmese the booking ball and they’ll help make your Myanmar trip planning a stress-free affair.
While hotels and guesthouses in Myanmar gain a commission from their bookings, but it won’t puncture your wallet. Costs are pretty low and can feel similar to traveling in Laos and Cambodia.
What types of transportation will you find in Myanmar?
Below is a breakdown of the 9 types of transportation I took in Myanmar and how much I paid .
#1. Local city bus, Yangon
Cost: Under $1
#2. Overnight Sleeper Bus , Yangon to Bagan
Cost: $10-15 included free bottled water and a rest stop break
#3. Horse carriage Taxi, Bagan
#4. Shared taxi pickup (cost included in the long-distance day bus fare)
#5. Long distance day bus, Bagan to Nyeung Shwe
Cost: $10 included free bottled water and rest stop break for lunch
#6. One day Boat tour, Inle Lake
Cost: $15, ridden with stops at souvenir shops
#7. VIP luxury bus, Nyeung Shwe to Yangon
Cost: $23 , included van pickup to bus station outside of Nyeung Shwe, free luxury extras (I’ll let you be blown away by my video)
#8. Car Taxi, Yangon bus station to Downtown Yangon
Cost: $7 (which was eventually split between 4 solo travelers)
#9. Guesthouse airport shuttle bus
Cost: FREE with stay at the Motherland 2 guesthouse