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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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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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Hiking in Hsipaw

Posted by JimmyW on 11/2/2017 at 09:31

We loved our hiking experience in Hsipaw. It was 3 days long and cost us 70,000 kyat. It had some significant hill climbs, about 4-7 hours of walking per day, occasional stops for food and tea, and a sweet, knowledgeable young guide who spoke decent English and gave us a lot of great local information. Our homestays were great, deep in the hills, no cars and clear, silent nights under the stars. The homes were kinda' simple, but that's the point; you use an outhouse for the toilet, you sleep on ...

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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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Travel in the north of Burma

Posted by Evyduville on 31/1/2017 at 06:51

I'm backpacking through Burma, currently ataying a few days in Mandalay before handing north. Wanted to go to indawgyi lake and Myitkyina...but now I hear it's not so safe. Anyone been there recently? ...

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Train from Bagan to Mandalay

Posted by JimmyW on 27/1/2017 at 03:29

Just got off the train from Bagan to Mandalay. Here are some details: It cost 1800 kyat per person and left at 7 AM arriving at around 2 PM We arrived at Bagan station at 6:30 AM and easily got a ticket Hold onto your ticket; they check it a few times, including when you leave the station at Mandalay. But my girlfriend lost her ticket and they let her leave. The ride was bumpier and wobblier than any train I'd ever been on--and I once lived on an Indian train for a month, and have taken ...

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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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Arriving in Burma in January 2017

Posted by JimmyW on 24/1/2017 at 02:16

My girlfriend and I arrived in Burma last week and here are a few things we learned: Though the e-visa requires you to have proof of onward journey and sufficient funds for your stay, but they didn't ask for proof of either at the airport. You can pay for everything in Kyat, and Yangon and Bagan have plenty of ATMs. We brought crisp post-2009 $100 US bills, but haven't used them yet. Take the local train around Yangon, it's interesting. You can hop on and hop off in different towns, and i ...

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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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Best Way to Travel Through and In and Out of Burma

Posted by opentrails2 on 26/12/2016 at 01:53

Hello! Reading past posts has made me very excited to see Burma, but I am having trouble deciding the best route to take as well as the easiest ways to get both in and out of the country. I am thinking of leaving myself 2.5 weeks to explore Burma in February. Originally, I was thinking of : a. flying into Bangkok b. heading up north to Chiang Mai (seeing things along the way) c. and then flying into Mandalay d. exploring Bagan e. then Kalaw f. then doing the trek to Inle Lake with ...

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Looking for people that drive trough China or Myanmar by their own car!

Posted by nickrogmans on 16/1/2017 at 14:50

Hello, With afriend we want to drive with our own car from Europe towards South East Asia.We need to pass China our Myanmar. Both countries are expensive to travel trough with an own car. So we are looking for other travelers that want todrive with their own car trough China or Myanmar. (Only travelers that have their own car) We would like to pass trough China in the beginning of May. If we travel trough Myanmarwe would like to do this around the beginning of June. If anyone is or wants t ...

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Corrections to Travelfish

Posted by Herbie47 on 11/1/2017 at 09:58

How do you contact TravelFish about possible corrections? And why do I keep getting this when I try to post: Needs more work? Put down the bordeaux and lets try again ...

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Southern Burma advice please

Posted by Pb2484 on 13/12/2016 at 06:30

We have two weeks to travel from Kawthoung to Yangon and at this stage we're looking to stay at Kawthoung (1 night), Meike (2 nights), Dawei and beaches (4nights), Ye (3 nights), Mawlamyine (2 nights), Hpa An (3 nights) then on to Yangon to head home. We will fly to reduce travel time if we can if it's too long by bus. Is there a town here that is just not worth the visit to enable us to see and do more somewhere else? Have we missed anywhere we should go? Thanks, Pete ...

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bus travel

Posted by kiko1984 on 2/12/2016 at 16:50

Hi does anybody know if there are direct buses between Monywa and Pyin oo lwin or do we have to change in Mandalay ? Thanks. ...

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Dollars still needed to pay for accomodation in myanmar?

Posted by 4auge on 12/12/2016 at 06:49

Hi there! Are Dollars still needed to pay for accommodation in Myanmar? I have been to Burma last time in 2010 where brand new dollar bills were needed to pay for any accommodation (hotel or guest house). Is this still the case or can I simply pay in Kyat. Christoph ...

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2-week itinerary, plus flights to/from Kengtung?

Posted by linolanayseda on 1/1/2017 at 16:48

Hello all, My husband and I are planning a two-week trip to Myanmar in late Feb-early March 2017. This is the rough itinerary I've drawn up: 1. Transit/Arrive Yangon 12:10 am 2. Yangon 3. Yangon 4. Yangon- Kengtung 5. Kengtung 6. Kengtung 7. Kengtung-Heho/ Inle Lake 8. Inle 9. Inle 10. Inle 11. Heho- Bagan 12. Bagan 13. Bagan 14. Bagan to Yangon 15. Yangon 16. Depart One thing I'm wondering about is spending 3 days around Inle Lake versus 3 days in/around Kengtung. We're big on markets, ...

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Southern Myanmar advice please

Posted by Jcod on 26/12/2016 at 17:31

Hi We have three weeks to explore Myanmar. We have a week in Yangon and a week exploring Bagan, Monywa and Mandalay. We then have a week to spend elsewhere. We are looking at three options: 1) bus Yangon/Mawlamyine return and explore that area (no flights available) 2) flyYangon/Dawei return - ditto, or 3) fly Yangon/Myeik return - ditto. Sadly we have to fly as we are limited with time! We are street photographers so need plenty of people and interesting street life to capture! But we ...

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Nyaungshwe to Loikaw

Posted by BreadtagAsia on 5/1/2017 at 06:02

We have just asked the travel agency thu thu in Nyaungshe about boat travel to Loikaw. They say it costs $150 US for a one day trip to Phekon and $200 if you stay overnight. Can one get out of Nyaungshe and then take a public boat to Phekon? Seems excessive and we are in no hurry. We are Australian and with the exchange rate $150 US is a lot of money for us. The other way seems relatively easy! Actually -there is a public boat. We took it in the opposite direction (Phekhon to Nyaungshwe)in Jan ...

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Bagan --> Yangon --> Mawlamyine --> Hpa An Logistics Help

Posted by kkronenberg on 29/11/2016 at 12:24

Hey All, I'm going to Burma/Myanmar next week and am trying to figure out if the following is doable and any personal experiences with booking and taking buses and trains: Day 1: Take a night bus from Bagan to Yangon 2: Catch a morning train that day to Mawlamyine 3: Mawlamyine 4: Mawlamyine 5: Take a bus from Mawlamyine --> Hpa An 6: Hpa An 7: Hpa An 8: bus Hpa An to Yangon Thanks so much for any bits of wisdom! Kent ...

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