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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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Mrs Popcorn in Hsipaw has passed away

Posted by HeidiSmith on 8/4/2017 at 22:15

Hello. Most travelers to Hsipaw end up in the lovely oasis of Mrs. Popcorn's Organic Garden. I was there in March to see Mrs. Popcorn, and she was out of town on a holiday. My friend in Hsipaw told me that after her trip, Mrs. Popcorn was not well, and she recently passed away. I imagine her daughters will continue to operate the cafe. RIP Mrs. Popcorn. ...

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Bagan bus station taxi overcharge

Posted by lucasan on 26/2/2017 at 00:30

The main bus station, some 7 km from Nyaung U, has now a board showing transport price to Nyaung U, New Bagan and Old Bagan. It's 5000, 7000 and 8000 Kyat. Nevertheless the taxi drivers will refuse to take any passenger for less than 5000 kyat per person, minimum 15000 kyat per car. Don' t let them overcharge you, simply take your luggage and walk some 200 yards to the main road. You'll never get to the main road, though. An honest driver will pop up half a way and offer the right fare. ...

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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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Sleeper bus Yangon to Bagan

Posted by hellomoto84 on 21/3/2017 at 00:32

Hi, We recently travelled this route and wanted to share our experience in case it helps anyone else. We booked with Joyous Journeys and contacted them through their Facebook page (JJ-express highway bus). They replied within the hour and gave us all the info. Tickets cost $19 per person for a comfortable air con bus - the seats are 2-1 format so pretty wide and with good leg room (we are 5"11 and 6"2 so this is always important!). While the bus has no toilet it stopped twice along t ...

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Begging monks in Myanmar

Posted by hellomoto84 on 17/3/2017 at 06:58

Just an observation as we're currently in Myanmar and have been approached multiple times by monks asking for money. They are not pushy or aggressive but we were really surprised as it's not something we've experienced anywhere else in Asia. Have others come across this or know what the etiquette is? Thank you! ...

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Burma travel

Posted by raulsuarez on 14/3/2017 at 12:06

I'll be spending 10 days traveling to Burma. Would like to visit Yangon, Bagan and Ngapali Beach. I hope so... I will stay the first day in a hotel of only 3 floors, and I will tell you soon. ...

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Tachilek airport to border taxi fare

Posted by lucasan on 26/2/2017 at 00:37

Tuk tuk and taxi drivers at the airport charge 4000 kyat per person to take you to the border, minimum 12000 kyat per car. Just walk out of the airport to the exit gate. It's only some 300 meter away but the tuk tuk fare magically drops at 2000 kyat per person... ...

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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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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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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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