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Myanmar, Im coming to ya!

Posted by wheretonext on 25/11/2012 at 06:58

Hey everyone,

Will be traveling alone to Myanmar this March 25 - April 9. Flying in and out of Yangon from Bangkok (Air asia). Help with the itinerary, transport and all? I wanna see Inle Lake, Bagan & Mandalay mostly. Anything else I could go to or see for 15 days of travel? Mrauk U looks very nice but I don't think I have enough time.

Myanmar seems to be quite harder to get around with its dodgy public transport and stuff, can anyone help me with a rough guide on how to get from one place to the other?

Also looking for people who are going the same time as me! Let's explore this mysterious and beautiful country together! :D

Regards,

Doc

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Posted by steviej on 2/12/2012 at 07:59

Hi Doc,

Yep, I'd stick to your rough itinerary and forget Mrauk U as it would chew up quite a few days.

You can now fly into Rangoon and out from Mandalay with Air Asia to Bangkok so no need to backtrack, maybe you could rearrange your flight to save some precious time.

2 to 3 days would be enough for Rangoon then, Bagan, Inle Lake & Mandalay if you were able to rearrange it.

If you stick to your original DMK-RGN return flights then 2 days max in Rangoon on arrival and do a loop; for example, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle and back to Rangoon.

Have you considered the 3 day, 2 night trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake?

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Posted by wombatfuz on 2/12/2012 at 18:52

Hi Doc,

I am going the same way too around March 2013. Would be nice to have company for parts of the trip.
Am going the same usual places (Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle lake) plus a train ride from Mandalay over the Gokteik Viaduct.

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Posted by wheretonext on 2/12/2012 at 20:26

Hi StevieJ,
I bought the flights out of yangon because they were significantly cheaper than the one in mandalay. The hike from Kalaw to Inle lake sounds nice. So the best route for me would be Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Inle - Yangon? I'm not planning to hopping on planes though to save money, just land transport.

Yeah sure thing wombatfuz! That would be awesome. I will be there Mar. 25 - Apr. 9. What is this Gokteik viaduct of which you speak of?

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Posted by gup on 17/12/2012 at 05:35

Hi,
Just done a trip in Myanmar (Nov 14 - Nov 29) Yangon - Taungoo - Mandalay - Bagan - Pyay - Ngwe Shaung beach - Yangon. Highly recommend renting Car+Driver. Roads are terrible but it's a once in a lifetime experience. We had to spend very "bumpy" times in the car (up to 6hrs on certain days) but were not bored for a second as you can observe every day life & beautiful landscapes. I realise this is not for single passengers (we were 3)and that a budget is required but again, it was definitely worth it.
Make sure about hotel-bookings in advance, as even our experienced driver had trouble making bookings by phone for us 2-3 days in advance. Lots of people travel to Myanmar nowadays and there is really a shortage of "budget"-hotels. This was the case in Mandalay and Bagan.

Cheers,
Gup.

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Posted by JaiYen88 on 21/1/2013 at 19:31

Hi, coming to this a bit late but thought I'd throw in my few cents, you can get a very nice, brand new AC bus from Yangon to Mandalay overnight for fairly cheap, about $12. Then I'd really recommend taking the slow boat from Mandalay to Bagan that leaves at 5am I think, twice a week! Guarantee you'll meet people on it since you'll be sitting next to them for 12 hours or so! Plus you stop at some very rural places along the Irrawaddy, I saw some amazing sights with locals unloading supplies on and off the boat, really interesting to see the colourful local life going on. I didn't manage to get across to Inle unfortunately as I didn't have time but I'm not sure if there are options other than flying if you're coming from Bagan... there's a company called Ever Sky Information Service in Nyuang U/Bagan who apparently run some sort of share taxi minibus service so check em out!

Enjoy your trip, Myanmar is a wonderful place! (talk to as many local people as you can, they are very chatty!)

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Posted by Howard55 on 22/1/2013 at 04:03

Be sure in relation to hotel-bookings before hand, since even our knowledgeable new driver acquired trouble generating bookings through cell phone for individuals 3-4 days to weeks before hand. Lots of people am Myanmar presently and there is often a shortage associated with budget hotels.

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