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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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Should tourists still visit Burma?

Posted by somtam2000 on 19/11/2017 at 19:59

An ABC piece by a journalist based in Burma asks the question “Given recent violence towards the country's Rohingya minority, should tourists still visit?” Kayleigh Long’s answer is “yes always yes, but with a few caveats” and the full story is worth a read. Towards the end of the story Long writes “The general view in the tourism industry seems to be that ordinary people whose livelihoods depend on visitors are being affected by a faraway conflict which they can do little about. ...

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A visa extension

Posted by Barbaragreece on 16/2/2018 at 23:03

Last year we paid roughly $3/day to extend our visa for Burma. I’ve just heart it’s $15/day. Is this accurate? Are there any alternatives to paying upon departure? ...

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Myanmar or Sri Lanka?

Posted by valentinaforno on 26/12/2017 at 14:52

Hello travelers, sorry for a question that includes a country that is not listed on Travelfish, but I've figured someone here must have been to both and can give me some advices! I have 2 and a half weeks off in February and I'm trying to decide where to go. I've been to Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand and was considering Myanmar, Sri Lanka and also Nepal as a destination. I'm having a really tough time to decide. I'm interested in culture and beautiful landscapes. Anyone that has been to both ca ...

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TravelSmith Adventure Tours in Myanmar - AVOID

Posted by Herbie47 on 21/10/2017 at 06:23

Warning the above tour company has scammed various people out of their money, the last group of 16, only got a lift to the first Hotel in Yangon, all the Hotels bookings and balloon rides that they had paid for they did not receive. There are various posts about this company on Tripadvisor on the Myanmar forum. ...

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Launching Myanmar Train Ticket Online booking Website

Posted by seankp on 1/10/2017 at 23:50

Green Myanmar Travel launched Myanmar Train Ticket for tourist to buy easily for Myanmar train/railways ticket nationwide with Visa/Master card. Hopefully , this will help a lot tourist in buying train ticket easily since buying train ticket in myanmar is not easy as you think but still amazing for Yangon ~ Bagan ~ Golden rock. This website provides 2 ways of delivering ticketing with Delivering to Hotels or Pick up from Green Myanmar Office. Since this is very beginning of launching web ...

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Mawlamyine to Myeik via Ye and Dawei by bus?

Posted by petrabakker on 29/7/2017 at 03:45

Hi, we are planning to do the 'Travelfish suggested'2 weeks in south burma itinery, as mentioned on: https://www.travelfish.org/trip_planner/2-weeks-southern-burma. We planned to travel southbound by bus, but reading the details on the travelfish writer's experience it looks very hard to get busses out of Ye and Dawei to travel further south to Myeik . The piece was written early 2016, so things may have changed, does anyone have more info on the possibilities here? Also I wondered if th ...

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Mandalay to Luang Prabang

Posted by jojowilliams on 10/9/2017 at 17:37

I am planning a visit to Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia for January, traveling a lot by train and not covering the same route twice. And I'd like to avoid Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur if possible, but it might be necessary to fly through one or both. All things considered I think I'd like to fly to Mandalay from Singapore, then overland to Yangon and fly from there to Luang Prabang , then overland to Vientane and elsewhere, or fly from Singapore to Vientane, overland to Mandal ...

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Peaceful, scenic place in Myanmar?

Posted by JiiveeR on 22/5/2017 at 14:00

Hi! I've been scrolling through the internet and started to wonder, if anyone could recommend a nice, peaceful place in Myanmar to spend a few days or so. What I had in mind was something like Nong Khiaw in Laos, a nice balance of infrastructure, beautiful scenery and good food. I'll be traveling in Myanmar later this year, it'll be my second time, first being 7 years ago. Last time I skipped Inle Lake and had that in mind, but I would love to hear if anyone has any other places they would like ...

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10 days in Burma, from 20 August to 1 sept. Any Tips?

Posted by MarcoPala on 13/8/2017 at 11:53

Hi, i'm planning a trip to Myanmar (Burma) from 20 August to 1st Sept (11 days) I've already read that for weather - related contingency is better to move from Yangon to the north. I want to visit Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake and Kalaw (obviously Yangon is included). Did i miss something? Any wheater related tip? Is Booking trustworty to reserve hotel and b&b, or is better to do it in persone, onec arrived in town? A 400 euros budget just for tour and souvenire and 1 meal(a day) ar ...

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Myanmar tour companies

Posted by baza on 11/8/2017 at 03:25

Hi I am wondering if anyone has experience of the following Myanmar tour companies in terms of their reliability and trustworthiness: Myanmar Damsel; Santa Maria; Myanmar Delight and One Stop Travel? Thanks ...

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Private taxi Bagan - Mt. Popa - Mandalay

Posted by emily1018 on 25/5/2017 at 14:21

Anyone have any insight on how much a private car from Bagan to Mt. Popa to Mandalay should cost? I've gotten quotes for $150. Just trying to figure out if it's within the budget! Any recommendations welcome! ...

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Travel Agents in Burma

Posted by scpy on 20/1/2017 at 02:41

We are planning to travel through Burma in October as two couples on a private tour We were looking at a company called Myanmar Travel. Has anyone used this company and what was your experience like? ...

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Focus South of Myanmar - focus Dawei or Myeik?

Posted by REGGI100 on 10/7/2017 at 06:44

Dear Myanmar Lovers! 3 years ago I was the first time in Myanmar and the forthcoming October I will go there again for 22 days. I love this Country!! As I really liked the Hsipaw trekking, I will do trekking in Hsipaw again for 3 days at the beginning. Then I will focus only on the South of Myanmar which means 1 day Bago, one night Golden Rock, 3 days Hpa An and surroundings, 3 days Mawlamyine, 4 nights Dawei and surroundings (and then only 2 days left in Myeik ..)....My question ...

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Land boders with Thailand

Posted by Eyal on 5/6/2017 at 05:11

Hello. Next month i will be in Pai or Chang Mai (Thailand), and than i plan to arrive to Yangon . Can i go to Yangon by land? i heard that the best way is by flight via Bangkok, but only the way to Bangkok is already two times more far than Chang Mai - Yangon... Thank you! ...

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Travel restrictions in Mon State? No!

Posted by YeMeansWater on 24/1/2017 at 04:51

People have cancelled their planned visit to southern Mon State because they were told by travel agencies and hotel staff (in other cities) that the town of Ye in southern Mon State is off-limits now. This is not the case! Don't skip Ye because of inaccurate information. Also, there have been rumours that Starlight Guesthouse (in Ye, Mon State) is not licensed to accept foreign guests. This is not true. Starlight has the correct license. May Shan 2 guesthouse also has the correct license. ...

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Myanmar Short Videos

Posted by chrisontour84 on 29/4/2017 at 10:35

Hi! Myanmar had so much to offer that I was forced to split up my material in 3 videos. This is the first part, featuring the capital Yangon, outdoor heaven Hpa-An and one of the biggest Buddhas in the country! YouTube Link LG Chris ...

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Myanmar & Thingyan (Burmese Water Festival) - Yes or No?

Posted by xeorwin on 20/1/2015 at 14:25

Hey! I'm planning a trip to Myanmar (around 18 days) somewhere in March-April. I'll be following the typical tourist trail (Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, possibly some trekking...) but I'm a bit undecided on whether or not I should include the Thingyan festival (Burmese New Year, which will take place between the 14th and 21st of April) in my travel date: - On one hand, it sounds like fun and a great way to experience a bit of the culture. - On the other hand, I've heard that transpor ...

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ATMs in Myanmar

Posted by JimmyW on 11/2/2017 at 09:13

We've seen ATMs in every city we've been to, including Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Hsipaw, Inle, Golden Rock, Hpa-An, and Mawlamyine. We brought crisp US dollars, and we haven't used them yet. Everyone has accepted kyat if we said that's all we had. We even paid by credit card in some hotels. ...

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