Burma forum

Myanmar through eyes of a local

  • Jeanneke

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    29th November, 2013
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    Hi there,




    I'm 24 years old and I would like to make a trip to Myanmar for 14-21 days. Have not decided yet if I want to do this on my own or in a small group. What I do know is that I want to see Myanmar through the eyes of a local, using public transport instead of a personal driver, seeing places that you would never get to see with a touristic travel agency. I would love for instance to overnight in a buddhist monastery. I wont go between November-Febrary, just to avoid too many tourists.


    I assume I should contact a local agency, or maybe I could organise this whole trip on my own. I dont know.




    Maybe you could have some tips for me?




    Looking forward to your reply. Thanks in advance for your tips.




    Kind regards!

    #1 Posted: 29/11/2013 - 01:42

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  • somtam2000

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    I'm in Burma at the moment and have been for the last three weeks.

    In my opinion there is no need to take an organised tour or get a personal driver. Travel with locals is straightforward, albeit at times uncomfortable, slow and you'll often by paying double -- or triple -- what the locals are paying. Double pricing here is rife.

    If you want to sleep in a monastery, one way to do so is to do a 3-day Kalaw to Inle trek as one of those nights is spent sleeping in a monastery. Foreigners are no longer permitted to stay in the monastery at Nyaung Shwe so you can scratch that one off your list.

    I wouldn't write off Nov to Feb on the basis of high tourists numbers -- yes the key four destinations are busyish (Inle is mental) but most other places are very quiet.

    With 3 weeks you could cover perhaps 4-5 spots comfortably. Just bear in mind travel between locations can be very very slow.

    Cheers

    #2 Posted: 29/11/2013 - 04:25

  • 66manoj44

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    12th December, 2013
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    Hi friend,
    Go along your friends, trips are more enjoyable with friends.
    Use local transport and services if you really want to experience some thing.
    Make note that travelling time will be more , plane journey accordingly.
    -thanks in advance

    #3 Posted: 29/12/2013 - 13:35

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