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Change Ringgit in Yangon or Mandalay

Posted by magicFly on 18/1/2015 at 05:21

Hi, I have quite a lot of ringgit left. Does anyone know where I can change them in Yangon or Mandalay? All the money changer just accept US Dollar, EUR and SGPD. Any ideas? ...

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Monsoon in Burma

Posted by clairegui123 on 4/8/2015 at 23:00

Hello everyone, I am going to travel to Burma for 3 weeks starting on Friday. I have heard that the monsoon was heavy in the western and northern parts (Sagaing region, Chin state..) of the country but not sure about the rest. I am planing to follow the touristic plan Mandalay-Pakkoku-Kalaw-Inle Lake- Yangoun. How bad do you think it is over there ? Any recommendations or places to avoid ? Your help would be really appreciated ! Thanks in advance Claire ...

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Burmese itinerary

Posted by BestinDWorld on 4/8/2015 at 16:19

Myself and a friend will be traveling norther Burma from the 21st to the 29th of August. We are flying in and out of Mandalay and are planning on visiting Bagan and Inle Lake as well. Need some advice for some things to see and do. Help a brother out! ...

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Any recent Myawaddy-Mae Sot experiences?

Posted by blvdve on 9/7/2015 at 05:47

Husband and I are gearing up for a second attempt at exploring Myanmar (the first, at the start of 2015, thwarted by emergency surgery the day before planned departure), and I am pretty much sticking to my original planned itinerary except for two things - one of which is mode of travel between Yangon and Chiang Mai after visiting Burma. I would really like to travel overland, if possible, and I am reading conflicting stories concerning the Myawaddy>Mae Sot border crossing. A lot of the i ...

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Border Crossing to Tachilek - US$ 10 accepted, no need to pay 500 Bahts

Posted by kaythuaung1 on 19/6/2015 at 22:46

In the travelfish Tachilek pdf guide it stated that "500 baht for a temporary Burma entry pass. (Dollars no longer accepted.)" is NOT correct. As of the last week of April 2015, sorry can't remember the exact date, when I crossed over, US$ 10 bill was still accepted. Just don't ask them "how much ?". Just hand over your passport with a US$ 10 bill and they will take it. I am a long term foreign resident of Thailand and have been doing that every three months that I cross ove ...

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Nuangshwe to Yangon

Posted by Jean1596 on 6/6/2015 at 10:44

we've planned 4 days in yangon after Inle lake but rather than fly to yangon does anyone have any suggestions for an overland route? We could cut Yangon down to 2 days as we are not too bothered about being in a capital city for this long. for example is it possible to travel to Yangon via Loikaw? Thanks ...

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Myanmar itinerary - feedback needed and help much appreciated :D

Posted by ratapeluda on 26/5/2015 at 21:41

Dear Travelfish friends, Really excited to be planning a trip to Myanmar, where we've never been, for December. Been doing a tonne of research online, but feeling overwhelmed while attempting to build the ideal itinerary. Would really appreciate if you could share your thoughts on the one we are planning to tackle. Any ideas on routing, pace, suggestions and critiques are more than welcome, they are really appreciated. Dec 14, 2015 Monday YANGON Dec 15, 2015 Tuesday BAGAN Dec 16, 2015 Wednesd ...

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16 Days Myanmar itinerary in March - any tips or suggestions?

Posted by pisike08 on 24/1/2015 at 16:10

Hi, I've read lot's of posts in this forum and got many good ideas, but I would still like some comments on my first plan /idea for 16 Days in Myanmar in March. Since it will be my first time to visit this interesting country any comments, tips or guidance is more than welcome. I will fly from BGK to Mandalay on 6th of March and on 22nd morning I will depart from Yangon to BGK. My idea for trip is following: 6.03 (noon) arrive Mandalay, spend the day in the city, exploring around 7.0 ...

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Internal flights- updates?

Posted by Canadia on 22/5/2015 at 11:21

Hi, Just starting to think about my Myanmar trip for January 2016. I'm wondering if anyone has any updated information about internal flights? Procedures? I see some companies have online booking but is it easier/recommended to book all of my internal flights once I get to Yangon? If using a travel agency, does anyone have any recommendations? I'll probably be staying downtown near Chinatown somewhere. Cheers! Andrea ...

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How is diving in the second half of October in Mergui Archipelago?

Posted by jwaltersorf on 18/5/2015 at 09:53

Hallo How is diving in the second half of October in Mergui Archipelago (compared to end of November / beginning of December)? Best regards. Joerg ...

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Lonely Planet Burma 2014 cover

Posted by gatoguts on 24/1/2015 at 18:11

Does anyone know the name of the Bagan temple on the 2014 edition of Lonely Planet Burma, and from where the photo might have been taken? ...

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Burma in April/May (Yangon, Ngapali, Bagan)

Posted by gugavieira on 15/4/2015 at 04:57

Hi All, After a lot of reading here on Travefish the time has come to make my first post. Hopefully the first of many more to come. This forum already helped me to plan a big part of my trip and now I'm struggling to plan the Burma part. The earliest we can get to Southeast Asia is the 27th of April. We arrive in BKK and plan to spend the night to take the earliest flight to Burma the next morning. We want to get 3 places covered in 2 weeks: Yangon , Ngapali Beach and Baga ...

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Camping in Chaungtha or Ngwe Saung

Posted by tikitouringkiwi on 6/1/2015 at 12:47

I was wondering if anyone has camped on the beaches here? If not, how would it go down? loving my tent and camping around Thailand atm. Will be heading towards these beaches in 10 days. ...

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Return Ticket, E-Visa

Posted by gatoguts on 20/1/2015 at 16:35

Has anyone recently had any problems entering Yangon or elsewhere in Myanmar without a return ticket? Does the immigration officer question you at all about the return ticket? I do have a return ticket from Bangkok, should that suffice? Also, I will be entering Yangon with a visa approval letter obtained online with the new e-visa system. Has anyone had any problems with that? ...

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trekking from kentung on thursday 12 feb?

Posted by marcovontrapp on 10/2/2015 at 02:36

I'm spending quite a lot alone, 37 us, anybody wants to share? I read it's a beautiful experience! Marco ...

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Myanmar & Thingyan (Burmese Water Festival) - Yes or No?

Posted by xeorwin on 20/1/2015 at 14:25

Hey! I'm planning a trip to Myanmar (around 18 days) somewhere in March-April. I'll be following the typical tourist trail (Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, possibly some trekking...) but I'm a bit undecided on whether or not I should include the Thingyan festival (Burmese New Year, which will take place between the 14th and 21st of April) in my travel date: - On one hand, it sounds like fun and a great way to experience a bit of the culture. - On the other hand, I've heard that transpor ...

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23 Days - Rough Plan - Advice/Recommendations Welcome!

Posted by yozza2009 on 5/4/2015 at 07:23

Hi, I will be spending around 22/23 days in Myanmar from Wednesday, arriving in Yangon . As for most of SEA, I have a 'rough' plan (you simply never know what might occur re. transportation, who you meet etc) and would any recommendations/pointers. Day 1: Arrive Yangon at 11pm Day 2: Yangon Day 3: Yangon (overnight bus to Mandalay ) Day 4: Mandalay Day 5: Manalay (outskirts) Day 6: Hsipaw Day 7&8: Hsipaw (trekking) Day 9: Pyin Oo Lwin Day 10: Pyin Oo Lwin (overnight bus to Kalaw ...

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Going to Myanmar for Thingyan but how does one get around the country????

Posted by BeachloverPH on 21/3/2015 at 10:16

Hi there! I just want to know if anyone here knows an agent or a hotel that can help us get bus tickets to Bagan from Yangon on April 10 (and conversely from Bagan to Yangon on April 12). JJ Express already told me that online reservation is not possible before, during and a few days after Thingyan. I might consider riding their train but I really prefer to take a bus. Also, anyone here who will be traveling to Myanmar on April 9-13 please let me know. I am traveling with a friend and ...

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solo woman safety

Posted by sunlvr on 20/3/2015 at 09:47

Hi all, How safe is Yangon for a solo female traveler? I'm doing a trip to Laos arriving in Bangkok and will be there several days before my traveling companions. We've already planned on several days in Bangkok so I'm looking at going somewhere different. I was thinking a quick visit to Yangon would be great (3 days). I've traveled alone before but only in the States. Would you recommend this? My other option would be Siem Reap for those few days. Appreciate your advice. Thanks! ...

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Feedback on 20 day itinerary

Posted by jbach08 on 14/3/2015 at 12:50

Hey Travelfish Community, I am headed back on the road for a brief 3 week trip to Burma (with a day stopover in Bangkok). Below is a draft itinerary. I am looking for feedback on timing, if there are things that should be added/ removed, and/or reorganized to make for easier travels. About me: I am a 25 year old guy who has traveled throughout southeast asia and central america. I like to stay at mostly budget hostels, and guesthouses and try to eat at mostly 'local' places. I will be travelin ...

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