Oct 06 2011
Eyes lit up in February this year when Myanmar Airways International (MAI) announced a new direct flight between Siem Reap and Rangoon, the former capital of Burma. Not only did this cut a great deal of time and hassle out of a trip from here to Burma, but the airline was also able to secure the availability of visas on arrival for passengers. Overland travellers to Burma, and travellers from a number of origins still must obtain a visa in advance and, judging by the Travelfish.org forum and blogs, this question is still confusing and tedious.
However, you’d better move quickly if you want to take advantage of the direct route from Siem Reap to Rangoon as that route will end on 30 October this year. Considering the amount of time, and transport and other costs saved, it still represents a great deal at roughly US$250 for a round trip (depending on dates and so on).
That’s not the end of the line though, as MAI will be introducing a new route between Phnom Penh and Rangoon starting in November. Siem Reap hasn’t been completely cut out of the loop as flights back to Cambodia will stop off here, en route to Phnom Penh. The route now looks more like a triangle than a circle. Passengers will still be able to get a visa on arrival when they land in Rangoon.
From November, the new services will fly at 13:50 from Phnom Penh to Rangoon on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with a total flight time of just under an hour and a half. The return flights will run from Rangoon to Siem Reap at 08:50 and then from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh at midday, with a total flight time of four hours between the two major cities.
As of early October, the fares are not yet available online though bookings are still possible through agents or if you contact the airline through the website.
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