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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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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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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: http://evisa.moip.gov.mm ...

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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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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 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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Burma

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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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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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 airport..so 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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Burma extension of visa

Posted by kandpfishos on 16/1/2016 at 17:03

G'day I am disappointed. Travelling to Burma September 2016 on an Aussie passport and was planning to get the 28 day tourist visa with an extension of another 14 days. The AU Myanmar Embassy informed me that they have been advised this month that no visa extensions will be possible, at all. Is this correct? Is it just in AU, before I leave, that I cannot get the extension? What about in Burma itself? I don't want to cut the planned trip back really. Thanks for the advice on current situation. ...

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Trash for cash in Yangon

Posted by somtam2000 on 13/5/2016 at 23:03

"Ma May Kyaw Linn and Ko Mae Lay own their push carts, but others lease them from one of the many big, private and illegitimate trash collection outfits that supplement the YCDC’s efforts. Although YCDC employees, whether driving garbage trucks or pushing carts of their own, work to a timetable and only appear at certain times, the freelancers are on hand every morning to make your trash disappear." An interesting story on Yangon's freelance trash collectors. ...

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New Burma visa costs for 2016

Posted by somtam2000 on 10/1/2016 at 14:58

Burma’s Ministry of Immigration and Population has announced new fee rates for visas applied for at Myanmar embassies. All the following costs are in US$. Tourist visa, valid for 28 days, will now cost $20; Business visa $36 (70 days) Transit visa $18 (24 hours) Religious visa $36 (28 days) Journalist visa $36 (28 days) Student visa $36 (70 days). The changes will take effect on January 11th 2016. ...

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Chances of getting an Indian Tourist visa in Yangon?

Posted by warmicon on 9/4/2016 at 02:21

Hi, We'd like to go to Burma to get an Indian Tourist Visa (6 months preferably, multiple or single entry) and wonder if you know what are the chances of getting this visa there? We can provide return ticket and iterinary. If 6 months is impossible, we'll go for 3 months too of course. So anyone who succeeded in this recently (this month or any month this year) if you could share your experience and assurance, I would be so ever grateful. We did some research and don't see anywhere that says ...

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December 2015

Posted by GildGomes on 23/12/2015 at 23:02

Anyone been in Myanmar this month ? Wondering if the situation of traveling /booking hotels on the go seems viable for a solo traveler. Also, internet and SIM cards. Thanks in advance Gild ...

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2 week-ish itinerary for vetting...

Posted by geo_shack on 17/1/2016 at 04:57

Hi folks. My other half and I will be travelling to Bangkok in Mid April with about two weeks to be spent in Burma. We are away for 3 1/2 weeks in total, but he wants to spend some time in Thailand too, as he's not been before... We're both late 20's. Not interested in partying but like the odd beer break to punctuate sightseeing! Easygoing travellers...I wouldn't usually worry about an itinerary but just want to make sure most is made of time in Burma with travel time being quite long bet ...

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