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Mergui Archipelago - Access? Budget?

Posted by Tazzfalcon on 23/8/2014 at 05:28

Very general question, this looks sort of like the dictionary definition of 'unspoilt paradise' anyon been, have any first hand tips at all? I'd love to spend a week or two there as long as there is some way of keeping it relatively low cost. I. E. Not a package sailing option. ...

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Trekking in Burma

Posted by Ramblergirl on 5/7/2010 at 16:42

Hi We are a group of four 'over 50's' travellers, in fact we are already between 55 - 65 years young. We are going to be in Burma for three weeks in February 2011, and would like include some trekking (1 day) into our itinerary. We are all reasonable fit and since we come from Australia, we are also used to the hot weather but not to the humidity. I would like to get your opinion on a couple of things: 1. Where is the best to do 'a not so hard' hike, what we here call 'a bush walk'? We would ...

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Kalaw - Sleeping and trekking

Posted by jakbdm on 13/6/2010 at 16:23

LP Guide makes a mistake - Kalaw Don't stay or trek with Harri Singh The most recent Myanmar LP guide recommends 'Harri Singh' and his guest house the '+Golden Lily Guest House'+ for sleeping in Kalaw. After doing exactly that, and talking to many locals at my favourite bar in Myanmar (the Hi Snack and Bar - a real music scene and a memorable WC!), I have found Harri Singh's establishment to be rotten and aggressive. Reasons: Aggressive business tactics - Slander At the Golden Lily GH we wer ...

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Where is Moe Na, and can you get to Namsam/Namsang by train

Posted by MarkCLester on 28/8/2014 at 09:16

The railway line to Shwenyaung splits there. One line goes up to Lawksawk to the north of there, and another which, according to the map, bends south and winds it way all the way to Namsang to the east of Shwenyaung, This page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_railway_stations_in_Burma claims it is also the line to Moena. (see kalak-lawksawk line) This page even implies that there is an afternoon service up there. http://www.traveltomyanmar.com/trainschedule.htm But I cannot locate Moe Na. ...

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24 days family initiary

Posted by nir_k on 24/8/2014 at 17:05

Hi Guys I saw you are doing great job helping out with initiaries. My wife, 5 years old and myself are going to travell Burma from from Sept 22nd ( Yangon ) to Oct. 28th (Flight from Mandalay ) Here are some of our interests: Wildlife and nature - eco toursims and trekking (not too hard given my 5 years old (-: ) Buddhism (I practice budhist meditation). Children attractions Culture and meeting the Buremese people & monks if possible Our current plans include: A few days in Yangon and ...

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How tough are the Keng Tung Treks?

Posted by artyguy on 22/8/2014 at 15:22

Anyone know the weather in November? What to wear? And the level of trek this is. Moderate? Or Extreme? **Here is what one guide says after my prodding to find out how steep I am to expect:** At Pin Tauk area, the climb is around 100 meters up, total walk from a village to another is around 3 hours. At Lahu Shi area, the climb is around 400 meters steep , one way 3 hours walk up, total walk is over 5 hours. Ho Kyim area, the climb is 1 hour over 150 meters steep, but after the trek around ...

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3 day Keng Tung Trek, difficulties in trek,cost, and hotel suggestion

Posted by artyguy on 16/8/2014 at 15:14

Hello, a few questions, Have only three days to trek in Keng Tung. In addition I've provided a detailed suggested route and cost of what a local guide has offered for your feedback. Can't do it all, but can do three of the four options. Any idea how challenging the treks are? I'm a young 65 year old guy in reasonably good physical condition. Hiking up for hours up steep hills isn't something I hope to do. But short durations up hills are ok. Any thoughts on which trek would be easier or most di ...

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How much is realistic in a week?

Posted by lnj067 on 9/7/2014 at 02:49

Myself and three friends are planning a week in Myanmar at the end of September. I know it's a massive place and we are only really going to be able to get a taste of the country in that time, but we'd like to see as much as we can without just rushing round in a whirlwind. We're looking at flying into Yangon on a Saturday and out of Mandalay the following Sunday to avoid having to loop back to the South and save a bit of time. Is it feasible to spend a couple of days in Yangon, Inle Lake a ...

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Myanmar vs Indonesia

Posted by PyroGal on 6/8/2014 at 22:36

Hey everyone! I'm having a really hard time choosing between Burma (Myanmar) and Indonesia. So here are the details: In late September/early October (I know monsoon season) I'll be in Singapore for work. When I finish work (date is uncertain), I'm able to get about 5-6 days extra, that I'm hoping to visit elsewhere in SEA. When I leave I will need to fly out of Singapore again to not loose my ticket home. This will be my First visit to SEA!!! I know Singapore is supposed to be awesome, but ...

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looking for travel buddy from july 27th

Posted by Pkoek on 23/7/2014 at 15:21

Hi - I'm arriving in Yangon this monday and am supposed to meet up with a friend from New Zealand. He isn't sure however if he will get his visa. I'm therefore looking for people to travel with between july 27th and august 17th. I've travelled (by myself) before, in Asia, as well as South America and North Africa. Send me a pm or a reply if interested. Thanks! ...

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Bus. India - Myanmar

Posted by thunderroad on 19/7/2014 at 21:11

India (Manipur) To Myanmar (Mandalay) 14 hours - under 2,000 - Visa On Arrival. ...

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Visa extension

Posted by Clare1993 on 11/7/2014 at 01:13

Hi everyone, I'm planning a trip to Burma in November, so far for 28 days. However, I've read in a couple of different places (including the new lonely planet) that it is now possible to extend a tourist visa by 14 days once in country? Has anyone had any experiences doing this? It would make my trip a lot easier if I had 6 weeks rather than 4! Thanks, Clare. ...

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From chiang mai/rai to burma

Posted by dolicadol on 30/6/2014 at 17:49

Hi What is the best and the cheapest way to go from chiang Mai or chiang rai to yangoon or Mandalay? We don't want to go back to Bkk from chiang Mai, and also don't want to pay expensive air tickets. What about buses, some borders are now open..?? Thanks! ...

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How to go fro Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Hualamphong train station

Posted by ilovetravelling on 13/12/2010 at 01:16

Hi everyone!! I need a help about the transfer from the international airport to the train station (where i'm going to catch a train to chumpton). How can I get there? can someone give me some tips!? bus, subway?! thank you a lot!! I am a litte bit nervous about that and I really hope to find someone who can give me a hand!!! Thanks guys!! Cheers ...

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Myanmar in Dec 2014

Posted by jesso435 on 27/5/2014 at 18:18

Hello - I am traveling with two other friends to Myanmar for three weeks in December. I know it's at peak season, so I'm trying to get my general itinerary nailed down early so I can book a few guesthouses, but I don't really even know where to start. The new version of Lonely Planet isn't coming until August! This is the very general idea I've come up with for an itinerary. I think a lot of time would be eaten up by heading over to Mrauk U, but everything I've read about it so far sounds inc ...

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Free Air Asia transfers to/from Mandalay Airport

Posted by busylizzy on 31/10/2013 at 01:24

If you are flying Bkk -> Mandalay or Mandalay -> Bkk on Air Asia, they are offering free airport transfers from their city office. The trip to/from the airport takes 45-60 minutes, and foer a taxi from the airport, the cost is about 12,000 kyat (private) or 4,000 kyat (shared). I'm not sure about taxi prices TO the airport....) So the FREE bus is a good option! The only condition is that you just need to make your own way to their office (near the south-end of the Palace) - but that s ...

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Crossing land borders and travelling by bike in Burma

Posted by ewcyna on 21/10/2013 at 04:24

Dears, I am about to travel by bike in Asia and definitely want to visit Burma. I was happy to hear about a few land crossings open but then the information is a bit unclear to me .. and I am busy doing my planning now. Well, the question is: can I enter Burma, travel there by bike and leave country by land crossing, too? I know I have to obtain visa beforehand and it is for 28 days only. Thank you in advance for your help! ...

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Any bloggers in Burma?

Posted by DontForgetToMov on 16/5/2014 at 02:22

Hey everyone! We're planning our next trip to Asia and have Burma at the top of our list of places to see. We're wondering what people's experiences have been like getting around Burma as a budget backpacker and how receptive they are to investigative type journalism. We've found a few great bloggers that have recently been through, but we're hearing mixed reviews. Thought this might be a good forum to ask. Or maybe people know of any good blogs that have written about Burma lately? Cheers eve ...

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Mandalay to Bagan to Inle Lake

Posted by igormozzilli on 6/2/2014 at 04:33

Hello, 2 questions I'm looking some infos to plan my trip between, as the topic title say, Mandalay- Bagan -Inle Lake. Anyone knows how much the ticket for the boat from Bagan to Nyaung U and where to buy the ticket? I know there are some different options, a tourist boat faster and expensive and a "normal" boat, I'm looking infos on the second one. My second question is how to get in Inle Lake from Bagan/Nyaung U? is there a Bus or a Train and what do you suggest? Thanks guys for ...

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UK bank and credit cards in Burma - a warning

Posted by antoniamitchell on 6/6/2014 at 08:41

Hi everyone, I've just found out from one credit card supplier (Halifax) that they block use all their cards in Burma. I can't use the card at all (either for purchases or for cash advances) in Burma. I'd already called my main bank (Santander) a few days ago to tell them I was going abroad to Burma, and they registered my trip for both my bank card and my credit card and said I was all set. But because of the Halifax problem, I decided to call Santander back and double check - just to be safe. ...

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