Yangon or Rangoon is a big, dirty city with not much to offer beyond food markets and British colonial architecture.
Stay: 30th Corner Boutique Hostel
Eat: 999 Shan Noodle Shop, Rangoon Tea House, 19th Street Chinatown, Aung Mingalar
Do: Sule Pagoda, Shwedagon Pagoda, Circular Train, Bogyoke Market
Specifics: Tea Leaf Salad, Black Shield Stout Beer, Mandalay Beer is better than Myanmar Beer
Take a bus overnight to Kalaw. “VIP” on the bus is luxury and comes with your pick of pirated movies.
Stay: Nature Land Hotel 2
DRINK: THERE’S A SALOON IN TOWN WORTH HAVING A DRINK IN.
Do: HIKE UP TO THE MONASTERY, WANDER THE MARKET. EVER SMILE TREK. THREE DAYS, TWO NIGHTS TREK THROUGH THE BURMESE COUNTRYSIDE FROM KALAW TO INLE LAKE, SLEEPING IN THE LOCAL GUESTHOUSES AND EATING HOMECOOKED FOOD.
Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe)
Stay: Bright Hotel
Eat: Sunflower, Bamboo Hut, Green Chilli
Do: Bike around town, go to the winery
Take a bus. Over 2,000 monuments, some nearly 1,000 years old. Unfortunately, many have been damaged or destroyed by earthquakes and time. Nonetheless, Bagan should be on every traveler’s see-before-they-die list.
Stay: Shwe Nadi Guest House
Eat: Bibo, Sanon, Leo, Wetherspoons
Drink: Ostello Bello hostel
Do: Rent an e-bike, don’t miss sunrise or sunset