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Myanmar trip- some more questions

Posted by ssgal on 9/10/2014 at 08:20

Hi, I'm coming to Myanmar about 3 weeks from now and wondering whether there are travelers who can help me out about few details below. 1. I'll reach Yangon by plane; How to get to the backpacker area to find a hostel/guesthouse? Is taxi only the option? As I'm in tight budget, am thinking for something like a shared minivan like I had in Hanoi airport or maybe a public airport bus, are they available? 2. I'll take a night bus from Yangon to Bagan and scheduled to arrive at 4AM; I read th ...

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Manao Festival Myitkyina

Posted by toowoomba on 5/10/2014 at 16:32

Hi everyone, I was planning on going to the Manao festival in Myityina in January 2015. I think I read that it was not held last year does anyone have any information on next years. Thank you... Peter ...

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USD vs Visa Debit card

Posted by Clare1993 on 6/11/2014 at 04:35

Hey, I'm leaving for Burma on Tuesday and just wanting to know what the current ATM situation is like? I've got a Citibank visa debit plus card and want to know how much cash I should bring vs how much to put on the card. We were thinking of taking half our budget in cash and leaving half on the card (so in theory, only having to withdraw cash from an ATM once). Would this be doable in Mandalay or Inle Lake (which are about halfway through our trip) ? Thanks! ...

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Visa question

Posted by sunlvr on 12/11/2014 at 09:53

One of the documents required for the Burma (Myanmar) Visa is a copy of your arrival/departure flights and/or guesthouse reservation. Can this be a copy of my arrival/departure of S.E. Asia (Bangkok) or do I need to purchase my Yangon flight prior to visa approval and find a guesthouse that does online reservations? I've searched all over online including U.S. and Burma government sites and can't find an answer to this question. I'm hoping all you well traveled folks can help. ...

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Myanmar policys message to Muslims: Get out

Posted by DLuek on 11/11/2014 at 18:32

This recent New York Times piece highlights how terrible this situation has gotten. Here's the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/07/world/asia/rohingya-myanmar-rakhine-state-thailand-malaysia.html?_r=0 I'm departing today for a long island-hopping trip in the Andaman Sea, and I must say that I won't be able to get thoughts of the human trafficking and slavery that goes on there out of my mind. When I see fishing trawlers, I'll inevitably think that there could be slaves on it. Here's an exc ...

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How expensive is Burma?

Posted by AngusW on 6/4/2012 at 21:55

Hey, So I'm planning roughly 2 weeks in Burma. Making my way from Yangon to the Mae Sot/Myawaddy border overland. How expensive is Burma in relation to Thailand, Laos etc..? Also can you think of any must sees along my route? I want to see that Golden rock... Cheers!! ...

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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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Viewed 3,144 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by artyguy on 15/10/2014 at 10:10

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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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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