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Up to date guidebook?

Posted by Sampan on 3/9/2012 at 03:25

Hi people,

I'm having some thoughts about visiting Burma later this year and was wondering if there is such a thing as a up to date guidebook? From what I'm reading, due to all the recent changes, LP's latest edition (2011?) isn't very accurate when it comes to prices. Is there any better one out? Or a good blog or web-page perhaps?

Any input is highly appreciated!

Happy trails!

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Posted by lissie45 on 4/9/2012 at 21:19

The LP one is as good as it gets - I think you can easily quadruple hotel prices and it's significantly out of date on other stuff as well like the blackmarket (banks are now the best exchange option).

All you can do is trawl LP and tripadvisor forums. I'm going to write a book after we get back in December, but I won't be doing all the research that a LP covers!

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Posted by Sampan on 11/9/2012 at 22:54

Many thanks for the response.

I'm getting second thoughts about going by now, mainly because the visa on arrival for tourists seems to have been cancelled. From what i gather on the Myanmar UK embassy webpage, only visitors participating in meetings etc. and businessmen now have the right to get VoA (and i'm pretty sure tourists where included for a brief period around the end of June?).

Anyhow, i'm hoping things change for better soon. And, I'll make sure to look out for your book too. If you feel like posting information about it, please do. I'd be interested reading it.

Happy trails!

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Posted by lissie45 on 11/9/2012 at 23:49

That's a pretty crazy reason to cancel the trip - you apply to the nearest embassy - with the appropriate paperwork and pay your money. Or you allow a day or 2 in Bangkok to do the same. It's not an issue. And I doubt that it will change any time soon - it's been that way since at least the 1970s

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Posted by mareeS on 8/12/2012 at 08:21

Why would you be having second thoughts, Sampan? Just because of visa inconvenience? Everyone going to Burma has an inconvenience with visas. It takes ages to get one, that's just the way it is. Try visiting the USA.

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