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Travel buddy for Burma & itinerary advice

Posted by Smbates on 29/9/2013 at 00:47

Posted from within Vietnam.


I have just booked flights to Burma (return to Yangon) from 5th-26th November. Am currently travelling on my own in Vietnam but slightly daunted by visiting Burma so would appreciate a companion - anyone around about the same time (ideally female -sorry guys).

I like to take things at a slightly slower place so am planning to visit the big 4 (Yangon, bagan, Mandalay & Inle lake) but think I may have time for a few nights somewhere ele but struggling to select where. So advice welcome for the most rewarding place to visit outside the big 4. Am hoping to get itinerary sorted in the next week so that when I get to Hanoi I have it with me when I get my visa (have heard they require this). Have emailed a couple of travel agents in Yangon about booking buses and guest houses but not received any replies yet. Slightly concerned that am going to struggle to find somewhere to stay in low-midrange bracket as not very far in advance.

Also don't have a huge amount of dollars with me as trying not to carry too much cash - is it worth trying to get some more dollars before I go or is using ATMs with the backup of the cash I have sufficient? (I know there are lots of discussions about this and that cash is best but couldn't bring out enough cash for my entire trip)

Thanks for all your help

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Posted by mattocmd on 29/9/2013 at 10:59

Hello Smbates!

Welcome to Travelfish! Glad you're going to check out Burma! I was there for four weeks this year and all I can think about is going back.
If you're traveling at a slow pace (which is highly suggested) then I think you have time for one or two more destinations.

From Yangon you could consider taking the bus down to Chaung Tha beach. It's a fantastic beach and was one of the highlights of my trip. Great body surfing and fresh fish (look for garlic encrusted snapper!). I was traveling solo and found it a great place to meet others.

Another option is to head to Kalaw on your way to Inle Lake. Kalaw is a charming little town with great trekking and restaurants - a worthy destination in its own right. Additionally it's a great starting point for a two or three day trek to Inle.

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Posted by mattocmd on 29/9/2013 at 11:01


Absolutely bring enough dollars with you for the duration of your trip. See if you can find some kind of secret money belt to keep them safe. Also I'm sure you're aware by now they they must be in pristine condition!

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Posted by Smbates on 29/9/2013 at 21:59

Posted from within Vietnam.

Thanks for the advice Mattocmd - written up a quick itinerary - what do you think? (Taking advantage of Wutip hitting me in central Vietnam for a planning day) Too rushed? So many places I would like to go but trying to balance it against actually being able to really visit each place rather than glance and rush on. Wouldn't feel the need to be quite so precise but getting the impression need to have all my guesthouses pretty much confirmed before I get there.

Day 1- arrive Yangon
Day 2 - explore city
Day 3 - Shwedagon palace. Overnight to bagan
Day 4 - arrive bagan
Day 5 - Sunrise at bagan
Day 6 - bagan
Day 7 - river boat to Mandalay
Day 8 - Sunrise at U bein bridge
Day 9 - Mandalay
Day 10 - Early morning bus to Kalaw
Day 11 - Day around Kalaw and arrange trek
Day 12 - Trek
Day 13 - Trek & transfer to Inle/trek to Inle ??
Day 14 - Inle lake
Day 15- Inle Lake
Day 16 - Inle Lake
Day 17 - Inle Lake, overnight to Bago ?is this possible - read about in the reverse direction
Day 18 - day exploring Bago
Day 19 - Back to Yangon
Day 20 - last day in yangon
Day 21 - fly out

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