There is something to be careful about when planning an itinerary in Myanmar: not all part of the country are open to foreigners. As long as you stay where you are allowed to be, you won’t have any problem with the police and you will feel that Myanmar is like any other places. If you decide to go off limit (or you just forget to check), then you can expect the police to be after you and make you change your plans. This is one of the reason why there are not that many itinerary possible without being forced to fly or use alternative mode of transport.
One thing important to note: even if 2 places are open to foreigners, that doesn’t mean that the road in between is. A good example is the road between Lake Inle and Keng Tung/Tachileik: foreigners are not allowed to take the road but you could decide to fly to Keng Tung to visit the area.
To be honest I don’t have a good picture of the places which are off limit, however I can say:
- Lake Inle: you can go east up to Taunggyi. The road after that is off limit
- Bago – Meiktila: I heard report that some people take that road and got trouble with the police. I know that Naypyidaw, the new capital, used to be off limit for foreigners. As far as I know, this is not off limit anymore but I cannot tell if some part of the road to go there are still off limit for foreigners. Double check is required here
- Burmese Road Mandalay – Muse: the road to china is now fully open to foreigners, but as mentionned here, the distances between places where you can sleep are quite far.
- North of Mandalay is mostly off limit to foreigners
- Yangoon – Mawlamyine: the road is open to foreigners. However it soon becomes off limit going south of Mawlamyine.