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« Myanmar Itinerary

Day 10 – Mandalay to Yangon to Kinpun

 
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Travel from Hsipaw to Mandalay & Mandalay Palace.
 
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Travel from Mandalay to Yangon, onward to Kinpun.

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Kinpun, Golden Pagoda
Visiting the Golden Pagoda in Kinpun.

 

Mandalay to Yangon

 
This morning I was scheduled to fly from Mandalay to Yangon at 9:10am on Myanmar National Airlines. The flight is just less than one hour. Mandalay airport is about 40km south of the city from the center and even in early morning it takes about 45-60 minutes in a taxi.

Standard rate of MMK 12,000 apply to all taxis going to the airport from the city center, although these may vary depending on the time of the day. I had booked a taxi from my hotel at 7am to reach the airport an hour before my flight.

Mandalay Airport (MDL)
[Mandalay Airport (MDL)]
 

Yangon to Kinpun

 
Upon reaching the airport, I haggled with taxi drivers to go to Mingalar Bus Station, from where the buses to Kinpun go. Usual rates of the taxi start at MMK 10,000, but depending on your haggling skills, you may find something for as low as MMK 4,000! I settled for MMK 6,000 for a 30 minute ride to the bus station.

Buses from Mingalar bus station in Yangon to Kinpun run all morning, with the last bus leaving at about 4pm. The frequency is hourly, sometimes 30 minutes. These are luxury buses without any toilet facilities inside. The buses leave on schedule and arrive at Kinpun on time.

Important: If you are visiting the Golden Pagoda in Kinpun (also knows as Kinmum), make sure to take the bus to “Kinpun Sakhan” rather than Kyakito. A lot of buses go to Kyakito from where you will have to either take another bus or a taxi.

Buses take 4 hours to reach Kinpun Sakhan from Yangon’s Mingalar bus station.

Bus from Yangon to Kinpun
[Bus from Yangon to Kinpun]
 
My bus left at noon and I reached Kinpun at around 4pm. My hotel was about 5-7 minutes walk before the main town entrance, so after checking in, I headed out for some coffee and a walk around town.

Kinpun Sakhan town entrance
[Kinpun Sakhan town entrance]

First view of Golden Pagoda from Kinpun town
[First view of Golden Pagoda from Kinpun town]

 
Back to the hotel after dark, I had dinner at the hotel and relaxed for the rest of the night.

 

Costs

Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate and based on the exchange rate of USD 1 = MMK 1,350 at the time of publishing. Each cost is for one adult.
 

What Cost Notes
Taxi to Mandalay (MDL) airport $8.89 MMK 12,000 per taxi, one way.
Taxi to Mingalar bus station $4.44 MMK 6,000 per taxi from Yangon Airport.
Bus to Kinpun $5.18 MMK 7,000 from Yangon. One way, per person.
Coffee $0.44 MMK 600. Two coffees at different times.
Snacks & Water $3.41 MMK 4,600. Lychee juice, chips, apple & water.
Dinner $1.85 MMK 2,500 at hotel in Kinpun.
Total Daily Costs $24.21 Per person
Overall Costs $1,306.92 Per person

 

 
« PREVIOUS – Day 9
Hsipaw to Mandalay
Travel from Hsipaw to Mandalay & Mandalay Palace.
 
Day 10
Mandalay to Yangon to Kinpun
Travel from Mandalay to Yangon, onward to Kinpun.

« Twelve days in Myanmar

 
Day 11 – NEXT »
Kinpun, Golden Pagoda
Visiting the Golden Pagoda in Kinpun.

TWELVE DAYS IN MYANMAR

 
Planning
Planning & Information
Tips, info & details of planning.

 
Day 1
Yangon
Arriving in Yangon & sights of downtown area.

 
Day 2
Yangon, Yangon to Bagan
Shwedagon Pagoda, Bogyoke Park & traveling to Bagan.

 
Day 3
Bagan
Visiting all the temples of Bagan.

 
Day 4
Bagan to Mandalay
Bagan sights & travel to Mandalay.

 
Day 5
Mandalay, Mingun
Visiting Mingun & U-Bein bridge.

 
Day 6
Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin
Sights of Mandalay & travel to Pyin Oo Lwin.

 
Day 7
Pyin Oo Lwin, Hsipaw
Travel from Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw by train.

 
Day 8
Hsipaw
Sights of Hsipaw.

 
Day 9
Hsipaw to Mandalay
Travel from Hsipaw to Mandalay & Mandalay Palace.

 
Day 10
Mandalay to Yangon to Kinpun
Travel from Mandalay to Yangon, onward to Kinpun.

 
Day 11
Kinpun, Golden Pagoda
Visiting the Golden Pagoda in Kinpun.

 
Day 12
Kinpun to Yangon and out
Travel from Kinpun to Yangon & flight out.

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