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Posted by loral on 22/10/2012 at 01:28

My present itinerary looks like this:

Date Sleep transport
Tue 13/Nov 12 Bangkok
Wed 14/Nov 12 Yangon Air
Thu 15/Nov 12 Yangon
Fri 16/Nov 12 Mandalay rail or air
Sat 17/Nov 12 Mandalay
Sun 18/Nov 12 Mandalay
Mon 19/Nov 12 Mandalay
Tue 20/Nov 12 Bagan boat
Wed 21/Nov 12 Bagan
Thu 22/Nov 12 Bagan
Fri 23/Nov 12 Pindaya car
Sat 24/Nov 12 Kalaw car
Sun 25/Nov 12
Inle Lake car
Mon 26/Nov 12 Inle Lake
Tue 27/Nov 12 Inle Lake
Wed 28/Nov 12 Yangon Air
Thu 29/Nov 12 Yangon

For the possible flights from Yangon to Mandalay and Heho to Yangon is it necessary to pre-book before I leave Australia or better to see a local travel agent on arrival in Yangon? If I book from here are the airline web-sites reliable or is a Yangon agent better?

For the possible train to Mandalay, can I just roll up at the station the day before to book an upper class seat? I don't want a sleeper. Or do I need to see an agent? Can I rely on hotel staff to do the booking?

For the car with driver journey from Bagan to Inle one way over two nights, will that be simple to arrange while in Bagan? If so, what should I budget for the car and driver? Should I also arrange that in advance through an agent? I have had difficulty reconciling some of the quotes I got a while ago from agents with reports of actual (much lower) costs on forums from past travellers. I know they are extracting what the market will bear at the moment, but $40 a day to $250 a day seems a bit of an excessive jump.

As an alternative way to get accommodation over the booked-out Mandalay section of the trip, might it be better to hire a car and driver for four days and tour the Mandalay, Sagaing, Pyin oo Lwin region asking the driver to help choose accommodation for those four nights?

Thanks in advance for any help. I've delayed asking until now until I sorted out visa uncertainty.

Cheers, Alan

#1 loral has been a member since 3/8/2007. Location: Australia. Posts: 12
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