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16 Days in Burma. Mandalay: Yes or No?

Posted by Jamesgos on 10/2/2015 at 23:37

I'll be spending 16 days traveling to Burma. Would like to visit Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake and Ngapali Beach (I'd say 14 days or so in total). With that in mind, should I also go to or skip Mandalay? ...

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Changing Japanese yen to kyat

Posted by kitebo on 10/3/2015 at 05:51

Hi, I'll be travelling to Burma on Saturday for two weeks, and was wondering if it is currently possible to exchange Japanese yen to kyat (at Yangon Airport or in town)? I understand the most common currencies are EUR, USD and SGD - otherwise I'll try to exchange JPY for USD, but would obviously like to avoid the extra currency exchange fees. Thanks! ...

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Travel itinerary draft

Posted by Maarkush08 on 4/2/2015 at 01:47

Hi all, I am trying to plan a trip to Myanmar some time this year and would like to hear helpful opinions and input from all of you. I am planning to travel as follows and assuming that I will be travelling using bus instead of plane. Would the following route be good enough? Yangon (i will be arriving here) - Bagan - Mandalay - Inle Or would i be better off traveling from Yangon to Mandalay first then Bagan and Inle? Also, I am planning to include the train through Goteik Viaduct too ...

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Violent attack on a military convoy between Hsipaw and Kyaukme

Posted by pisike08 on 20/2/2015 at 07:30

Read some news about recent violent attack on a military convoy between Hsipaw and Kyaukme. Does anyone have recent contact or experience in that area? Does it affect or have influence in everyday life around Hsipaw, trekking to close villages is currently not an option or how? If there are or might be in near future restrictions for moving around + a threat ending up in between some attack then I guess it's not wise to stick my nose in that area at the moment? I was planing to do some trek ...

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bus schedule

Posted by roynolan on 16/1/2015 at 10:15

Hi I need info on bus travel. My route is Yangon to Pyay which I believe is 6 hours by bus, Then from Pyay to Bagan which I believe there is only 1 bus per day 17:00 arriving at 03:00 Then Bagan to Mandaly but i don't know the times or prices, quality, so any help would be appreciated so I can plan my visit round the bus schedules. Also this route is fairly fixed. Thanks ...

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Overstaying your visa in Myanmar- just pay the fine.

Posted by HeidiSmith on 3/2/2015 at 04:15

Hello I couldn't find a clear answer on overstaying a 28 day tourist visa for Myanmar before my trip; I felt uncomfortable disobeying the law in a country like Myanmar without a clear answer: however after talking to locals, people in the tourist industry, another traveler who obtained advice from the Myanmar embassy in Canada, I learned that the immigration authorities are happy to collect a fine from travellers for overstaying. PLUS, there was a notice to travellers posted on a large sign a ...

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Northern Thailand in and out of Burma and back to BKK

Posted by mikal83 on 28/1/2015 at 12:17

Our trip ends in Chiang rai in mid december but we thought, mmmmmmmmmmm, could we make a swing thru Burma and across to Bangkok instead of just getting the bus/train back to BKK? Is there a decent route that you would recommend we could take for say 7-10 days??? ...

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6 days 5 nights: Myanmar Trip Advisory and Air Safety Concern

Posted by totoro on 25/1/2015 at 21:14

Hi All, First time visit to Myanmar. Tentative plan as followed: Day 1: Arrival Yangon . Day 2: Inle Lake (by air if possible) Day 4: Return Yangon (by air if possible) Day 6: Depart Yangon Here's my biggest concern; air safety for domestic airline. Recent research into this topic doesn't engender confidence. Would love to hear from Burmese expert on this. I do notice that most of the planes grounded in the reports are Chinese-made. So any domestic airline for consideration would need to hav ...

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Myawaddy to Mawlamyine by bus, shared taxi

Posted by frogfrog on 20/1/2015 at 10:09

Hi there I'm planning to travel to Myanmar by land - through Myawaddy / Mae Sot border crossing. Want to go to Mawlamyine. Did some research and discovered that the route is alternate day one-way, thus buses go there every second day only. I just wonder if there is a place on earth where I could check on what days they go? I guess I could find that out at some travel agency near the border in Thailand... but not too sure what to do with hostel booking then, since I would find it out only a day ...

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Hsipaw and Pwin Oo Lwin vs Mawlamyine and Hpa An

Posted by CaptainScott on 7/1/2015 at 10:13

Hi folks, I am thinking about taking a trip to Burma in November this year for around 3 weeks. It's my first time in Burma so will be doing the 'big four' for a reasonable amount of time in each place. In addition I would either like to visit Pwin Oo Lwin/Hsipaw or Mawlamyine/Hpa An (probably Golden Rock too if there's time). Timewise, it's a case of one or the other, so I was really wondering which place was best. I am also a solo female traveller so if it was going to be really isolated of a ...

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Mandalay to Hsipaw

Posted by Jofferson on 27/11/2014 at 06:15

I am traveling from Mandalay to Hsipaw on Dec 23rd and returning to Mandalay on December 26th. My current plan is to catch a bus/taxi from Mandalay to Hsipaw, stay one night. then catch the train at 9:30am to Pyin Oo Lwin and stay there two nights before heading back to Mandalay. A few questions for anyone who has been in this area: 1) Is this plan a good one or is it better to catch the train out of Mandalay and take the long day trip? And then catch a bus/taxi back to Pyin Oo Lwin. Can I b ...

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INFO eVisa for Burma

Posted by magicFly on 5/1/2015 at 05:18

Hi, as there are always questions poping up for Visa on Myanmar here is my experience with eVisa service. I applied for eVisa today: It is very easy. Fill in a form with your personal information, upload a foto and pay by creditcard. I submitted the form at 16:22 and received my confirmed approval letter at 16:39. So wow thats fast and easy..... Maybe someone of the travelfish team wants to update the visa information for Burma as I couldn't find eVisa mentioned anywhere on travelfish. NOTE: ...

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Hiring a car and driver in burma

Posted by treborchef on 31/12/2014 at 01:14

hi, We are planning a trip late February to Burma.Looking at travel options we wondered if anyone had any experiences in using a private car and driver for some of the journeys to allow us to interact more with locals. We have contacted a local agent in Yangon and $650 quoted for 3days seems very expensive, he also quoted $2000 for 14 days. Any help greatly appreciate. Rob ...

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Help please...1 week in Burma, where too?

Posted by TonyM on 20/12/2014 at 04:03

Hi travellers, going to Burma last week of July 2015. Never been before, only have a week, not sure where to go. Travelling solo, looking for adventure but not into temples, been there done that... Was planning to fly in to Yangon , there 2 days, then travel elsewhere for 4 to 5 days so seeking your recommendations on where. Then need to fly to Hawaii so assume I need to go back to Yangon but open to suggestions on that also. Thanks in advance. ...

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Myanmar Itinerary Help Please?!!

Posted by Silent_Way on 10/12/2014 at 16:58

Hello, I'll be travelling to Myanmar for 28 days this January - flying in and out of Yangon . I am doing my best to put together an itinerary but would some insight from those have been before and could maybe offer their thoughts and advice. This is the rough schedule I have started to put together: >Yangon (Days 2-3) >Train to Mawlaminya >Hpa-an >Golden Rock (Days 4-9) >Train to Yangon (Day 10) >Flight to Sittwe (Day 11) >Boat to Mrauk U (Day 12) >Mrauk U & Chin ...

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Solo Lady Traveller looking for travel buddy 15th - 30th Dec - Advice also required

Posted by sunshine_123 on 7/12/2014 at 06:09

Hi, I'm travelling around Burma alone and was wondering if anyone was looking for a travel buddy. I fly into Mandalay on the 15th and then thinking of heading to Hsipaw - Bagan - Inle - Beach area - Yangon. More than happy to change and do whatever if anyone has another trip - I have nothing booked other than the 2 days in Mandalay. Yes, I know this is a huge risk. Does anyone have any advice on whether I should head to Pyin OoLwin and then head to Hsipaw for some trekking? If anyone ...

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Burma to India - overland?

Posted by lcavanagh on 4/11/2014 at 23:53

Hi all, Wondering if there is an overland crossing option from Myanmar to India. After a lot of searching online I've pretty much concluded that it's nearly impossible, but I figured it would be worth asking on here to see if anyone has a more recent information than what I've found online (most posts date to 2012). Cheers! ...

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Myanmar trip- some more questions

Posted by ssgal on 9/10/2014 at 08:20

Hi, I'm coming to Myanmar about 3 weeks from now and wondering whether there are travelers who can help me out about few details below. 1. I'll reach Yangon by plane; How to get to the backpacker area to find a hostel/guesthouse? Is taxi only the option? As I'm in tight budget, am thinking for something like a shared minivan like I had in Hanoi airport or maybe a public airport bus, are they available? 2. I'll take a night bus from Yangon to Bagan and scheduled to arrive at 4AM; I read th ...

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Manao Festival Myitkyina

Posted by toowoomba on 5/10/2014 at 16:32

Hi everyone, I was planning on going to the Manao festival in Myityina in January 2015. I think I read that it was not held last year does anyone have any information on next years. Thank you... Peter ...

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USD vs Visa Debit card

Posted by Clare1993 on 6/11/2014 at 04:35

Hey, I'm leaving for Burma on Tuesday and just wanting to know what the current ATM situation is like? I've got a Citibank visa debit plus card and want to know how much cash I should bring vs how much to put on the card. We were thinking of taking half our budget in cash and leaving half on the card (so in theory, only having to withdraw cash from an ATM once). Would this be doable in Mandalay or Inle Lake (which are about halfway through our trip) ? Thanks! ...

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