The cheapest way to travel to Myanmar is via Southeast Asia's travel hub.
Before you travel to Myanmar, you should not miss the opportunity to visit the numerous sights of the metropolis, for example the Grand Palace or the Floating Market.
You can stay at the Green House Hostel for €8 per night in a single room, not far from the legendary party mile Kao San Road and Soi Rambuttri, one of the city's street-food hotspots.
After getting into the mood in Bangkok for your Southeast Asian adventure, you will fly to Yangon for about €60.
Unlike Thailand, you need a visa to enter Myanmar. This costs €42 and can be applied online before departure (e-Visa). Entry into Myanmar must be within 90 days after receiving the visa and allows a stay of 28 days.
Yangon is the former capital of Myanmar and especially famous for the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda. You can take a stroll through traditional shops and markets and taste delicious street food in the famous districts of 'Little India' and 'Chinatown'.
In the centrally located Little Yangon Hostel, you pay €13 for an overnight stay in an eight-bed dorm.
Next stop: Nyaung Shwe. The night bus costs €22, but you also save money as you don’t need to pay a room in a hostel.
The city is the gateway to Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar. It is famous for its floating villages, gardens, and local fishermen with their distinctive rowing style. With mountains in the background, it is the perfect backdrop for boat trips or bike tours.
In the middle of this fascinating landscape, you can stay at the Song of Travel Hostel for €13 (sixteen-bed dorm).
From Nyaung Shwe a night bus (€19) will take you to Bagan.
The temple city was one of the most important centres of Buddhist art and teachings many centuries ago, and is by far the most famous sight in Myanmar today.
Explore the ruins on a rented bicycle, take a hot-air balloon ride over the former royal city, and watch the golden light of the sun setting behind two thousand temples – an unforgettable, magical moment.
Only a few minutes’ walk away is the Ostello Bello Hostel, where you can stay in an eight-bed dorm for €21.
You can travel the distance from Bagan to Mandalay by boat on the Ayeyarwady River. Tickets for the ferry cost about €30 and can only be bought at the harbour there.
During the journey, you have the opportunity to admire Myanmar’s impressive landscape. Once you arrive in Mandalay, Mandalay Hill is worth a hike, where you have a spectacular view of Myanmar's second largest city, or visit the so-called U Bein Bridge, the longest teakwood bridge in the world.
An overnight stay in the centrally located Ostello Bello Mandalay in an eight-bed dorm costs €15.
Unfortunately, it is time to leave Myanmar. You'll be going back to Bangkok by plane for about €60.
You can end your journey here with some souvenir shopping, a Thai massage, or a wild party night before returning home after 16 exciting days in South-East Asia.
In conclusion: all that glitters is gold in Myanmar!