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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. ...

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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. ...

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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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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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One week to spend in Burma at the end of March. Suggestions?

Posted by jbreyfogle on 24/1/2014 at 11:53

Hey I'm visiting the girl I'm dating at the end of March. She is in Malaysia currently but we want to spend her week off in March in Burma. I'm obviously going to do more research, but I just wanted to get suggestions on where to go for the week. I imagine we would only stay in one or two places during that week. Definitely looking for places with lots of nature to explore, beaches (not necessary though, would go some where mainland), lots of culture to explore. We are in early 20s btw. If y ...

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Alcohol in Burma

Posted by pete61 on 30/12/2013 at 19:06

Can I buy scotch such as Chivas or Johnny Black in Burma? If so, is it expensive or should I buy some duty free in Singapore. Thanks, Pete ...

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Van/minibus rental Yangon to Bagan January

Posted by pete61 on 15/12/2013 at 19:53

Hi, 6 of us are travelling from Yangon to Bagan to experience the festival and I thought it might be easier to hire a van and driver to get us there rather than a bus or train. We're a tall family! We'd like to go by day. Is this possible to organise and if so, about how much and how long should it take to get there? Thanks, Pete ...

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Mandalay accomodation?

Posted by igormozzilli on 4/2/2014 at 07:48

Hello guys I'm going in march in Burma and my plane will land in Mandalay airport, I'm looking for some CHEAP accomodation over there but I need to be able to reach the boat to Bagan and after a way to go to Inle lake (any suggestion about this?), why there is not a Mandalay section in this site? Thanks everybody and have a good life! Igor from Italy ...

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Burma trip report

Posted by somtam2000 on 3/12/2013 at 03:05

Here's a quick wrap on my just about to be completed Burma trip. I'll be writing a bunch of blogs and features related to the trip in the coming weeks, but given I've got an hour to kill at Yangon airport, here's a summary Itinerary Yangon 2 nights Accommodation: Hninn Si Budget inn ($27 per night aircon, share bathroom) Bus to Taungoo, 7 hours Taungoo 2 nights Accommodation: Myanmar Beauty Hotel ($25 & $15 bungalow thing with private bathroom) Bus to Meiktila about 9 hours Meiktila 1 ...

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Want to ride on the back of my bike from Thailand across Burma into India?

Posted by upthejunction on 17/1/2014 at 13:01

I am presently riding my Triumph Tiger800XC around the World, and have so far completed N America, Australia &NZ, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Not wanting to fly my bike now I am backon dry land, I have finally managed to organise a reliable tour guide, leadingcar and a supervisor from the Ministry of Hotels & Tourism to take meacross Burma from Myawaddy to Tamu. However, the only problem is the price,and to reduce it ...

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Cheap Hostels in Myanmar? (Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake)

Posted by Spasmic on 12/1/2014 at 09:30

Hey backpackers, I am traveling to Myanmar tomorrow and wondering if anyone had any experiences with relatively cheap hostels in Myanmar. I definitely plan on going to Inle Lake, Bagan, Mandalay and Yangon. I am open to suggestions for other places but any recommended hostels in these or other cities are greatly appreciate. Thank you! Justin ...

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Very General Myanmar Question

Posted by caseyprich on 3/1/2014 at 02:12

Who has good ideas of say 2 (maybe closer to 3) weeks in Myanmar. Would likely come in overland from Thailand and need to get back to BKK via overland too unless can get some cheap flight tickets. Part of me was considering the Tanintharyi Division from Rangoon, but don't have ANY IDEA about travel times and such or even destinations in that area . .. and would also like to get up to Bagen of course but wonder if with the time we'd have we need to just stay in the Rangoon and Mandalay area. A ...

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