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Travelfish on Burma (Myanmar) Sticky!

Posted by somtam2000 on 17/10/2008 at 09:24

I've just added a new section on the messageboard for discussion of Burma (Myanmar). This isn't to say we're planning on adding coverage of Burma to Travelfish, as we're not, but given there's the occasional post about it, it makes sense to have them all in one place for the benefit of all. If there are any Burma experts out there who'd be interested in putting together some kind of a Frequently Asked Questions thing on Burma to post here in the messageboard, please drop me a line at stuartmc ...

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Burma travel FAQ Sticky!

Posted by somtam2000 on 9/1/2013 at 21:10

This is a (very much work in progress!) collection of links to useful threads in the Burma section of the forum along with other parts of the site. We'll update it as more interesting or useful stuff appears. Currently there is no destination guide for Burma on Travelfish. If you know of another interesting resource worth adding, please mention it in the comments. Burma or Myanmar? Here at Travelfish we use Burma rather than Myanmar as does Aung San Suu Kyi, but there are many takes on it. Here ...

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How far in advance do I need to book?

Posted by debbarak on 22/10/2016 at 17:06

My boyfriend and I are planning two months in Burma in February (as part of two months in SE Asia). I think we will probably start in Yangon, then Hpa-An before traveling up to Bagan and Inle. I see it's advised to book accommodation in advance, but how far in advance? Two months? Two weeks? Two days? We want to plan on the fly as much as possible. Thanks, Deborah ...

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Posted by mcorv on 11/10/2016 at 10:20

hey guys, can anyone tell me if there's any bus during the day from Inle Lake to Yangon, (and if so, if it's worth it for the view)?? On it says there's one day bus, but I couldn't find more info about it!! thanks!! ...

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Dawei to yangoon

Posted by kickintheass on 8/10/2016 at 13:26

hi all We are crossing the Thai Burmese border at Mse sot/ Dawei and heading to Yangoon. Are there any places of interests along the way? We can spend a few days getting to Yagoon or head there in a day. Any suggestions? Thank you. ...

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Internet access in southern Burma

Posted by craigthewedge on 7/10/2016 at 09:40

I am planning to travel in southern Burma from Mawlamyine to Myeik next month and I am looking for an up to date picture of internet access in the area. Much as I would love to not have to worry about this, work demands dictate that I need email access daily. From reading travelfish it seems the wifi in most guesthouses is pretty ropey or non-existent. Is there somewhere in most of the towns where you can get online at least to check and send emails? What about mobile data coverage? Could ...

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4 to 6 weeks in Myanmar 'alternative' itinerary

Posted by JennyRothbruck on 30/9/2016 at 05:50

Dear fellow Travellers, By now I have read hundreds of webpages from 2016 and getting really enthusiastic but honestly still don’t have a clear idea of a route to travel overland in Myanmar. I'm an avid traveller, love hiking and nature, culture and tend to avoid the busier (touristic) places. The 1st of January I will fly into Thailand and unwind for a week in the north and then continue overland to Myanmar. I have no deadline but i'm thinking of a month to 6 weeks. Next to hiking I like to ...

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Visa question.

Posted by chriswallace on 17/9/2016 at 18:37

Hi, I was planning to visit Myanmar at end Oct early Nov. I was to obtain my visa via (It indicates visa's take about a week to process) but a travel agent has advised that this is not a legitimate web site. Can someone please advise the best site for via applications. Thanks, Chris. ...

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Shared/private taxi costs: Bagan to Mandalay

Posted by dfrank24 on 17/8/2016 at 09:54

Hi! I am curious about the approximate current costs for a shared (2 of us sharing with others) or private taxi traveling from Bagan to Mandalay. We are weighing options for a taxi versus a bus. Thanks! ...

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Burma (Myanmar) or Loas + Cambodja??

Posted by PM on 3/7/2016 at 07:57

Hi! First of all, apologies if this post is in the wrong place, but I'm quite new to this site. My husband and I are traveling to SEA in November for 3 weeks, but can't make op our minds to go for either Loas combined with Cambodja or Burma. We have already been to Vietnam and Indonesia and would like to something that's a bit 'different' from the things we've already seen. In our vacations we look for a mix of natural beauty (landscapes, wildlife, some trekking) and culture. All 3 countries se ...

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E-visa to be allowed at land border entry

Posted by Captain_Bob on 22/8/2016 at 05:41

This will be handy. Starting 1-Sep-2016 e-visa can be used to enter Myanmar by land at the three main checkpoints. Previously was only allowed for air entry. "We are pleased to announce that starting from 01/09/2016, eVisa can be used to enter Myanmar from the following three land border checkpoints, between Myanmar and Thailand: - Tachileik - Myawaddy - Kawthaung" See announcement here: ...

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Bangkok to Yangon - advice

Posted by iciclesecret on 21/11/2014 at 04:52

Hi all, I land into Bangkok on 26th December and would ideally like to spend some time in Thailand until New Year... perhaps Ko Phayam, but open to ideas! I fly out of Yangon on the 17th January. Seems to be so many options to explore in Burma, I'm a little overwhelmed. What are the must see and dos? I'd love to experience the best of the food, the people, river cruises and possibly beach huts by the coast, as well as ideally Bagan and Inle. Not as fussed by major cities, and I think that ...

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Burma and Laos 2 week Itinerary Help Needed

Posted by Newstarr on 28/4/2016 at 22:15

Hello, I will be flying in and out of Bangkok in November for the entire month. I have some things I need to do in Thailand but I am very flexible. Except needing to spend American Thanksgiving in Bangkok. I have been to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. I would like to visit Burma and Laos. I will be traveling alone for the first time in my life! I hold an American and Thai passport so I don't believe I need a visa to enter Burma via 3 major airports or Laos at all. The flights from Burma to L ...

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Posted by Fonnzie on 7/6/2016 at 04:18

Hi I am looking at going into Burma in Dec/Jan 2016/17 is this a good time, weather, tourist overflow, low season/high season. At this stage I am looking to fly into Yangon and spend my time mooching around there, would be interested in good places to stay, not budget and not high end, where to eat, where to drink etc, hiring a guide/driver without supporting the Cronies. Any and all advice, recommendations will be greatly accepted. Cheers Brian ...

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Help w/ Festival logistics / Inle vs Hpa-an

Posted by sactocalvin on 11/6/2016 at 18:27

Hi friends, We are keen on enjoying some festivals while in Burma in January but I'm finding it difficult to find dates and locations. No doubt they're a moving target anyway. Meanwhile, I know we need to book high-season accommodations ASAP. What's the best resource for figuring out festival logistics? Additionally, I'm curious about your opinion on Inle Lake vs Hpa-an. We will have a 2-week itinerary, and I don't want to do more than 3 locations: Yangon, Bagan and ??? ... My favorite place ...

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10 days in Burma

Posted by sn0wman on 12/5/2016 at 22:14

Hi I will be travelling to Burma from dec 9-17 / 18 dec and i roughly have some plan of what i am going to do. A few qus i wish to ask before i confirm my trip for dec. 1) I manage to check bus services on the website so i can prebook in advance to travel from 1 city to another. But it seem like there is no way to book any train service in advance? 2) I intend to take a train from Mandalay to Hsipaw so that i can experience the Gokteik but I also read that can stop over at Pyin Oo Lwin ...

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Traveling South to North in Burma, exiting into India

Posted by muzzaf on 17/6/2016 at 10:40

Simple? Firstly, info Kawthoung to Dawei by bus is needed by me Can anyone help me with details of getting into India and Bangladesh from Burmas' north. Very happy not to go into the worlds happiest country (Bhutan) as the $250 per day to be spent there is not getting my smiles. Im interested in Cox's Bazaar, Chittagong but not so much Dhaka. onward to Calcutta, New Delhi Wahga into Lahore Going in October Thanks, Murray ...

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Burma eVisa UK residence?

Posted by Rubakai on 6/1/2015 at 06:37

Hi all, I have recently acquired my Burma/Myanmar eVisa with no problem (as a UK citizen). However my girlfriend is Dutch but lives here in the UK. I don't know if anyone has filled in the eVsia form but they have a weird selection for UK, When filling in the country of her permanent residence they only have the following UK options: United Kingdom Citizen United Kingdom National (overseas) United Kingdom Dependant Territories Citizen United Kingdom Overseas Citizen United Kingdom Protected Pe ...

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Myannmar Visa from Thailand

Posted by Jmarder123 on 19/4/2016 at 12:37

Hello! I will be traveling to Myannmar for a few weeks from Thailand and was wondering about the visa situation for traveling to myannmar by land...Will an online e-visa work? I read somewhere that they only work if you are flying in to Myannmar and getting the visa approved in the I don't know what to do since I am traveling by land from Thailand. Your insight would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you. Also, if anybody knows any information about traveling to Myannmar from Thailan ...

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Flying to Bangkok

Posted by geo_shack on 15/2/2016 at 04:28

Hi, I'm planing on entering Burma overland to Dawei, finishing a 3-weekish trip at Inle Lake. Is it possible to get a direct flight from either Heho airport or Bagan to Thailand? Or is this only possible from Yangon/Mandalay? Kind regards, Georgia ...

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