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Seeking advice on when to visit Myanmar

Posted by craig201 on 2/11/2014 at 23:18

Hoping to get some feedback on when to visit Myanmar. For 2015 it looks like I have a couple of 2-3 week windows were I could make a visit. One is in July/August, the other is mid/late December. As this will be my first time I am planning on visiting the top 4 ( Yangon , Inle, Bagan, Mandalay), and would love to sneak in Mawlamyine/Hpa-an if possible. I know July/August is the wet season and I'd likely be soaked in Inle and Yangon and would probably need to pass on the south. December would ...

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Trip to Myanmar

Posted by bharpiy on 28/10/2014 at 13:29

Hi there, Please opine if the follow itinerary in Myanmar sounds feasible. Please let me know if you have other suggestions. Nov 16: Reach Yangon at night Nov 17: Explore Yangon Nov 18: Leave for Mt Kyaiktiyo Nov 19: Explore Mt Kyaiktiyo in morning; leave for Bagan Nov 20: Explore Bago; take overnight bus to Inle Lake Nov 21,22: Explore Inle Lake; take overnight bus to Bagan on 22 Nov 23, 24: Explore Bagan Nov 25: Take slow boat to Mandalay Nov 26: Mandalay Nov 27: Fly out of Mandalay Tha ...

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Phuket to Yangon by land and sea

Posted by boringtime on 27/10/2014 at 04:39

I'd love to get some input on a potential Burma itinerary from this well-traveled readership. Basically this is a bus, train and ferry trip starting in Phuket and going north to Yangon. I'll be traveling in a group of five people right at the end of December and beginning of January, and we have about 10-12 days to play with. We want to see the Mergui islands, explore some out-of-the-way beaches and also check out Yangon. We're on something of a budget, so a Mergui dive safari or cruise is pro ...

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Crossing Myanmar with own car (Thailand -> India) in Aug or Sep 2014

Posted by nue_travelling on 30/5/2014 at 21:34

Hello to all the passionate travellers out there! My girlfriend and me plan to cross Myanmar with our own car in either August or September this year (2014) as part of our raod trip from Australia all the way back to Germany. According to our current knowledge crossing this beautiful country is not as difficult as it used to be. Mainly it is a matter of money. Since the government still charges high prices on entering with own cars (using a local licensed tour operator is mandatory). These costs ...

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Traveling with lot's of US Dollars Safely and keeping them crisp.

Posted by artyguy on 14/10/2014 at 11:24

So I understand that I need to bring crisp US $100. And that there are still plenty of ATM's to exchange for the local money. What denominations is recommended to bring to Myanmar besides $100? I also understand that certain entrance fees are require US dollars... But they won't take $100? And how to keep them safe and crisp while traveling? Not all hotels have room safes and how safe is it to give the front desk $1000 US dollars? Keeping the money in my money belt will certainly crumple the d ...

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Trekking Kalaw to Inle Lake

Posted by girovago78 on 15/10/2014 at 01:51

We are planning on doing the 3 day trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake. Our research so far into companies operating this trek is a very mixed bag of rave reviews and scathing reviews - often of the same company. It would appear that there is a lot of competition between the companies, who seem to be relying on writing false reviews to make themselves look good or their competition look bad. I am hoping to get some real reviews from travelfish readers who have actually used the companies. Even bet ...

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Itinerary options in Yangon

Posted by artyguy on 14/10/2014 at 11:17

Have five days in Yangon which everyone saids is too many days. So I can either cut back on the days and fly up to Bagan earlier. Rather then have 4 nights in Bagan I can five days. Or: Any thoughts on this itinerary, get a driver to take me to these locations: First day: Yangon to Hpa-an Second day: Hpa-an to on the river Mawlamyine Thrid day: Mawlamyine to Yangon Any thoughts or suggestions appreciated. ...

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Thai consulate in Yangon - double entry tourist visas being issued?

Posted by hsoa on 14/10/2014 at 12:24

From recent experience, can anyone say if the Thai consulate in Yangon is issuing double entry tourist visas? Are there requirements for air tickets out of Thailand? Thanks! ...

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Mrauk U trekking

Posted by gillj on 8/10/2014 at 06:22

Has anyone any experience of trekking out of Mrauk U with a guide, and staying overnight in a couple of Chin villages? There is a trip which includes this on Ananda travel (http://www.ananda-travel.com/UK/mrauku_chin_ngapali_uk.htm) but they have failed to respond to any of my emails. As has Prince hotel which also appears to offer something similar, though reports are not clear. As getting to Mrauk U is both expensive and time consuming, we don't really want to leave making arrangements un ...

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Myanmar E-Visa to be introduced by this year

Posted by jamesantrobus on 7/6/2014 at 22:48

This should make things a lot easier. Here's hoping for straightforward visa extensions too. http://www.mmbiztoday.com/articles/myanmar-e-visa-be-introduced-year-official ...

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advance booking of guesthouses in high season

Posted by zesti on 25/9/2014 at 03:23

Hello, a friend and I will be traveling in Myanmar from the beginning of December until about the 21st. I have traveled in South East Asia before and usually never book anything except maybe the first night in advance. But I've read that it's advised to book guesthouses in advance in Myanmar, especially during high season. Can anybody confirm if this is really necessary. (I guess I'm secretly hoping they are building a bunch of new guesthouses to handle to influx of tourists) And if it is neces ...

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Viewed 1,465 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by zesti on 29/9/2014 at 11:25

6 days in Yangon? Oct 25 - Oct 30

Posted by artyguy on 21/9/2014 at 12:44

So I realized that having one day in Yangon and then off to the rest of Burma might not be wise, considering 21 hours flying to Burma. Rest and catching up on sleep is important. So the only flight I could get gave me 6 days before my three week tour begins, where committed to flights and hotels. What to do for those 6 days? Go to the Delta? Take sometime for catching up on lost sleep on the beach? And go to which beach? Budget wise could fly to save time. October weather? Still Monsoon? Trav ...

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Where to start and finish in Burma?

Posted by gandhim on 29/8/2014 at 10:37

Hi All, I will be travelling in Burma from 22 September through to 16 October. I want to know where is the best place to start and finish my travels during this period in terms of weather and rain. I will be using buses and trains. Should I fly into Mandalay on 22 Sept and work my way down to Yangon because it is drier up north in September? Or should it be the other way round - fly into Yangon in September, work my way up and fly out of Mandalay on 16 October? Is Bagan's weather better ...

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6 Days Enough for Yangon/Bagan?

Posted by novalord2 on 9/9/2014 at 11:30

Hello everyone, I have 6 full days in Myanmar in mid-Nov. I was wondering if 6 days would be too much to spend in Yangon and Bagan? Am I selling myself short by only going to those 2 places? If necessary, what 3rd destination would be a good choice? I feel discouraged by the hassle and cost of traveling to Inle. I plan on taking the bus from Yangon to Bagan. I would prefer to not shell out the cash for flights. Also, how critical is it that I book hotels? I was told that November is part of t ...

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Suggestion for Myanmar itinerary

Posted by ssgal on 9/8/2014 at 06:31

Greetings from Jakarta I have a plan to travel in Myanmar this coming October. I have two options for my itinerary, either I go to Inle Lake or skip it. Without Inle Lake: Kuala Lumpur - Yangoon : flight, stay 1 night Yangoon - Mandalay : night bus, is the schedule confirmed at ETD 21:30 ETA 06:00?, stay 2 nights Mandalay - Bagan : night bus, is the schedule confirmed at ETD 22:00 ETA 03:00?, stay one night Bagan - Yangoon : night bus again but I haven't had the schedule yet, anyone knows ...

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Booking Flights While in Myanmar - HIGH season

Posted by jesso435 on 30/7/2014 at 18:30

Hello everyone - Some friends and I are going to Myanmar from 10 December through 1 January, at the peak of high season. We have more or less settled on an itinerary which includes all the major tourist sites ( Yangon , Bagan , Mandalay , Inle, etc.). My friend heard from someone who lived there in 2009 that we should book our travel arrangements and flights through an agent before we go, but I would like to book them as we go, to allow more flexibility and not be completely locked into a set ...

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Where to get Pristine dollars in Bangkok

Posted by Donman1990 on 28/3/2013 at 06:47

Has anyone had any experience I getting Pristine US dollars in Bangkok? If so where did you get them? Did you exchange Thai baht or can you use a card to make withdrawals? I'll be in Bangkok for Songkran , I'm hoping to fly out on the 20th to Yangoon so I'll need to get cash around the 18th or 19th! ...

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Mergui Archipelago - Access? Budget?

Posted by Tazzfalcon on 23/8/2014 at 05:28

Very general question, this looks sort of like the dictionary definition of 'unspoilt paradise' anyon been, have any first hand tips at all? I'd love to spend a week or two there as long as there is some way of keeping it relatively low cost. I. E. Not a package sailing option. ...

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Trekking in Burma

Posted by Ramblergirl on 5/7/2010 at 16:42

Hi We are a group of four 'over 50's' travellers, in fact we are already between 55 - 65 years young. We are going to be in Burma for three weeks in February 2011, and would like include some trekking (1 day) into our itinerary. We are all reasonable fit and since we come from Australia, we are also used to the hot weather but not to the humidity. I would like to get your opinion on a couple of things: 1. Where is the best to do 'a not so hard' hike, what we here call 'a bush walk'? We would ...

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Kalaw - Sleeping and trekking

Posted by jakbdm on 13/6/2010 at 16:23

LP Guide makes a mistake - Kalaw Don't stay or trek with Harri Singh The most recent Myanmar LP guide recommends 'Harri Singh' and his guest house the '+Golden Lily Guest House'+ for sleeping in Kalaw. After doing exactly that, and talking to many locals at my favourite bar in Myanmar (the Hi Snack and Bar - a real music scene and a memorable WC!), I have found Harri Singh's establishment to be rotten and aggressive. Reasons: Aggressive business tactics - Slander At the Golden Lily GH we wer ...

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