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Booking hotels through Agoda

Posted by apeiron75 on 20/10/2013 at 15:57

Hi all I want to minimize the amount of cash I have to bring around in my coming trip, and I noticed that booking hotels through Agoda will help as I can pay them by credit card and they will take care to send the money to the hotel. Anybody has experience if this actually works? Any flaw in the logic? thanks! ...

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Restaurants in Burma - a food safety question

Posted by antoniamitchell on 22/3/2014 at 02:27

Hi, I've noticed a lot of posters giving their experience in Burma mention getting very sick. I've also been reading the wires and noted from this post about curries in Burma: "It'll have been prepared in advance, not cooked to order and not re-heated." I suspect that, and the amount of oil in some dishes, helps explain why so many tourists seem to get ill in Burma (although a large amount of oil should theoretically help keep the food safer by insulating it from the air). So my que ...

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IMPT: New location for getting Burma visa in KL as of 14 Oct 2013!

Posted by busylizzy on 15/10/2013 at 21:19

As of October 14 2013, the Myanmar / Burma tourist visa processing services have now been outsourced to Ever Fine Travel & Tour (very close to the Masjid Jarmek LRT station) in Kuala Lumpur. You NO LONGER go to the Myanmar Embassy on Jalan Ampang Hilir. The good news: - the new location is much easier to get to, and find. - they will process your visa on same day! Drop off in morning (9.30-12.30) and pickup in afternoon (4-5pm). That gives you time to do a bit of sight-seeing while you ...

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2 week trip to Burma in May

Posted by hugo on 5/1/2012 at 19:06

Hi Guys I'm looking seriously into a 2 week trip to burma from 13th to the 27th May this year. These dates are set in stone so my first question would be: Is it wise to be visiting at this time of year, so close to the start of the rainy season? I don't mind the occasional downpour but if it's raining 24/7 thats probably going to put a bit of downer on it. My initial thinking for a rough itinerary is: YANGON > INLE LAKE > MANDELAY > BAGON > NGAPALI > YANGON I'm aware 2 weeks ...

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3 weeks in Thailand and Myanmar in November 2014

Posted by Edinburghgirl on 19/4/2014 at 12:59

Hi All My partner and I are planning the above trip for later in the year. We have both been to Thailand several times and spent time in Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket, Ko phi phi, Ao nang and various islands off of there. Ideally we will fly from the Uk directly into Bangkok and return from there also. We would like a few days at beginning or end of holiday in Bangkok as it's just so cool. We were thinking of going directly onto Myanmar from Bangkok and spending 10 days there visiting the sites but ...

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Visa Help! (US Citizens)

Posted by roxchang on 13/4/2014 at 14:11

We are both US citizens and are leaving for Thailand on May 5th. We plan to fly from Bangkok to Burma (Yangon) around May 27th. The problem is, we have not yet obtained our Visa's to enter the country. We tried contacting the embassy but their office is closed until Monday 4/21. It seems like the process of sending in documents and waiting to receive the Visa's by mail will take too long (10 days for processing alone) before we leave on May 5th. Is there a faster way to obtain the Visa's? I hear ...

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From KL to Yangon: visas and flights

Posted by SweetVirginia on 7/4/2014 at 20:01

Hi. We are new to Travelfish and new to Asian travel. We are embarking on our maiden voyage next month, flying into Singapore on May 26th and out of Bangkok on June 19th. Our original idea was a shotgun, exploratory approach: cover a lot of ground, get a good overview, and identify places to return for more in-depth visits in the ensuing summers. As usual for us, we changed our minds. After spending two straight weeks on a steady diet of Travelfish, we have now decided we must visit Burma. We ...

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Visa to Burma from London

Posted by Joanna_S on 10/12/2012 at 06:40

I sent my and my sister's visa application to the Burmese embassy in London two weeks ago (10 working days) and still haven't heard from them. I checked the royal mail tracking system and it seems like nothing has been sent yet. I tried to call the embassy today, but there was no answer and their voice mails are full, so you can't even leave a message. I'm getting a bit anxious now. Is this normal that it takes so long? ...

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Myitkyina, Mt Kyaiktiyo, Mae Sot border crossing

Posted by bananas4baba on 29/10/2013 at 10:26

Anybody got the latest on the following: 1) Is it possible to reach Myitkyina or at least Bhamo (both were off limits to tourists in January/February 2013)? Ideally we'd like to fly in from Mandalay and return to Mandalay by river, train and bus. 2) When does the Golden Rock get covered? We had to change our plans to visit it in February 2013 as we heard it was being covered. Is this a regular annual event? For the approaching rains? A festival? We'll be back in Myanmar in February 2014 and look ...

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Getting to and from Mrauk U by bus.

Posted by Bulcotecowboy on 15/3/2014 at 19:48

It is possible to travel to and from Mrauk U by bus. http://myohmyanmar.wordpress.com/woof-guide-mrauk-u-by-bus/ ...

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Getting to Myanmar's best accessible beaches b

Posted by Bulcotecowboy on 15/3/2014 at 19:37

Myanmar's best accessible beaches are certainly not at Chaung Tha. Not at Ngapali. Not even at Ngwe Saung. They are on the Dawei peninsula. http://myohmyanmar.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/no-need-to-archipelago-try-the-beaches-on-the-dawei-peninsula/ ...

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Myanmar: 3 week itinerary for March

Posted by Zuzu29 on 29/1/2014 at 23:45

Hi, We are planning a trip to Myanmar in March 2014 and would love to get some feedback on our itinerary and options. March 3: Arrive Mandalay March4-5: Explore Mandalay Here is where i'd love some feedback... March 6: Plan A: bus or boat? to Monywa and Pakokku for 1 night each on the way to Bagan Plan B: go to Pyin Oo Lwin and Hsipaw for 1 night each then back to Mandalay, take bus or boat? to Bagan Plan C: just go straight to Bagan by boat March 8/9-11: Bagan March 11/12: Bus to Kalaw ...

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New $100 Bill

Posted by Sherwood on 7/11/2013 at 08:52

Is the new $100 bill that went into effect recently, the only one banks will accept? I'm traveling in mid January. ...

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Arakan State- Sittwe- Mrauk U

Posted by annalouisas on 31/12/2013 at 05:31

we plan to go to Arakan State: Sittwe and Mrauk U - feb.2014. know it's hard to get up-to date news on the situation there tru official channels. anyone went there recently cares to share their opinion? when we were in Burma last year the access was closed for a while. we are into booking (expensive) flights Yangon-Sittwe so i'd like an update on the situation from tourists travelling there. thanks anna ...

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Should you book in advance for high season travel in Burma (Myanmar)?

Posted by somtam2000 on 28/10/2013 at 10:16

Just added a blog topic on the topic of needing to book hotels in Burma in high season which may be of interest to those planning on heading to Burma soonish. Cheers ...

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Night bus from Lake inele to Yangon?

Posted by jamessl on 24/1/2014 at 19:22

I'm guessing you're asking is there such a service and the answer is yes, there are nightbuses from Inle lake to Yangon. Cheers ...

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If you could spend 10 days on the coast of Burma..

Posted by jbreyfogle on 3/2/2014 at 13:45

Only 10 days here: arrive in Yangon Saturday midday, return for flight the Sunday a week later. I'd rather have to fly two or three times during the trip, and was thinking about spending most of the time roaming around the coastal regions, and spending time on the beaches. Maybe spending time in Thanton, Bago, Mawlamyine, Hpa-an. But I definitely want to see a few beaches and lounge around a bit. Will be traveling with my partner in late March. Any suggestions for a nice itinerary? ...

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Burma in hot April during New Years

Posted by injekt on 12/2/2014 at 08:29

Hi everyone, I am planning to go to Burma in April - during the hottest time of the year. I have also only 9 days including travel time. I don't particularly enjoy the heat and hate that I have such a short period of time, but it's the only time I have the opportunity to go. The cities I plan to visit are Yangon , Bagan , and Inle Lake. We have decided to save Mandalay for another time. Right now my itinerary is as follow: April 9: Arrive to Yangon April 10: fly from Yangon to Bagan (a ...

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Viewed 1,158 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by dannyjacob on 12/2/2014 at 21:33

High season Burma

Posted by joaquin55555 on 3/10/2013 at 06:03

Hello, In addition to the "Burma" section on Travelfish. They write to avoid Burma in high season. Now we will land in Bangkok on 16th December. If we go straight to Burma is it high season allready? Or best to take week and visit some place and fly back... Thx.. ...

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5 days in Burma/Myanmar

Posted by kanda on 7/1/2014 at 05:56

Hi, I have 5 days in Myanmar. Yes, probably not the right amount of time to spend there, but unfortunately that's the way it is. I arrive at 5pm on the 18th and leave at 7:30pm on the 23rd. Currently, I have nothing planned in or outside of Yangon. I am somewhat interested in going somewhere I can moto around, but I don't think I want to trek it all the way to Bagan, at least this holiday. What can I do in the time I have? ...

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