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Burma Visia in Chian Mai info

Posted by jackymoon on 16/10/2013 at 09:11

Has anyone arranged a Burmese visa through a Chiang Mai travel agency recently? I just spoke to a traveler who said it was possible. If so how much did it cost? Also, if anyone has any tips from experiences with the new overland border crossings for tourists to Burma I would love to hear them. Thanks! ...

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Getting Burma visa in KL - return ticket required? And other qns!

Posted by busylizzy on 12/10/2013 at 05:36

I will be heading to KL early next week to get my visa for Burma. I've got 2.5 days there - one day to get paperwork sorted/printed and to get USD, one day to drop off application, and one day to pick it up (although I am hopeful that I may be able to pick it up same day). I understand that I will need some or all of the following: - A passport with six months of validity - A photocopy of your passport - Two passport-sized photos - A completed visa application form - A completed employment hi ...

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I'm buggered! Any poss of getting same-day visa in KL?

Posted by busylizzy on 15/10/2013 at 03:03

OK - I thought I had done my research, but somewhere along the way I lost sight of the fact that today is a public holiday in Malaysia - which means that I couldn't get to the Myanmar visa today as planned. I now only have tomorrow (Wed) to drop off the application and pickup up the visa (ie same day) before my early morning flight on Thursday. Has anyone ever had experience getting a same day visa in KL recently? I've read that Bkk is the only place where you can do this. I am hoping that is o ...

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Transport and activities on New Years Day?

Posted by Harry05 on 13/10/2013 at 11:54

Will be in North Eastern Myanmar in the period around New Year. Will there be regular transport on january 1st on the leg Hsipaw - Pyin Oo Lwin? also the trainride from Kyaukme to Pyin Oo Lwin (Gokteik viaduct)? What about activities like trekking will there be oppertunities on this day? Will there be markets? Thanks answering, Harry ...

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myanmar travel blog October 2013

Posted by mjschrum on 10/10/2013 at 19:33

Hi I'm traveling in myanmar this month. Highly recommend it to anyone considering it. Please check out my travel blog, which is updated almost daily for photos and more information / toc / ...

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Island hopping in Burma

Posted by Barons on 8/10/2013 at 03:57

Hi, We're planning on spending three weeks in Burma...iderally ten days mainland (Yangon, Mandalay...) and ten days island hopping. We're getting the impression that it's still early, in terms of tourist infrastructure, to do some proper island hopping. Is it possible at all? Had a look at the Mergui archipelago...looks fabulous but the only accommodation available on the main island is the Myanmar Andaman Resort which is very expensive and we have also read that do-it-yourself island hopping o ...

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A taste of Burma

Posted by TonyM on 3/10/2013 at 02:58

Hello, Planning a short one week stay in Burma mid August 2014 and looking for your thoughts on the best region to stay to get a taste of what Burma has to offer, thanks in advance. ...

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Burma VJ - documentary

Posted by mattocmd on 5/10/2013 at 08:52

A great documentary to watch before heading to Burma is called 'Burma VJ.' Released in 2008, it's a little dated but I found it to be incredibly interesting. It's about a group of underground reporters who shot footage and smuggled it out of the country when the monks protested in 2007. When you visit Burma these days, it's common to see photos of Aung San Suu Kyi in many businesses and NLD flags...but this film reminded me of how such behavior was absolutely forbidden just a few years ago. ...

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Burma destination guide now open

Posted by somtam2000 on 2/10/2013 at 05:10

Just a quick note to let you know we've opened the first part of our Burma (Myanmar) coverage within the destination guide. At the moment it is just the overview pieces, but the details hotel & guesthouse, restaurant and sights reviews will be appearing later this week. It's by no means comprehensive -- yet -- but we'll be building more coverage in soon -- we've another month-long trip there commencing in November when we'll be covering Mandalay and more. Happy planning! ...

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Where to spend New Years Eve in Burma/Myanmar

Posted by jimp41 on 29/9/2013 at 17:43

Hi, I am planning a trip to Burma from 27 Dec 2013 to 10 Jan 2014. I will be travelling solo. I am still working on my itinary. I hope to take visit Rangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Kalaw, inle lake and perhaps the beach if I have time. I fly into Rangon and fly out of Mandalay (or vice versa) . Does anyone have any advise on a good place to spend New years eve? Thanks very much, Jim ...

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Getting a Burmese visa in Bangkok

Posted by Harry05 on 2/10/2013 at 08:16

Already did some research about getting a Burmese visa in Bangkok, but still have some questions also about recent experiences someone might have. Will arrive in the weekend (sunday) of december 7th-8th, and want to enter Myanmar on thursday december 12th (and I know dec.10th is a Thai public holiday on which the embassy will be closed). I know it will be high season and also I need to have a ticket leaving Myanmar (which I will have at that time). My questions: * What would you recommend queue ...

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Travel buddy for Burma & itinerary advice

Posted by Smbates on 29/9/2013 at 00:47

Hi, I have just booked flights to Burma (return to Yangon) from 5th-26th November. Am currently travelling on my own in Vietnam but slightly daunted by visiting Burma so would appreciate a companion - anyone around about the same time (ideally female -sorry guys). I like to take things at a slightly slower place so am planning to visit the big 4 (Yangon, bagan, Mandalay & Inle lake) but think I may have time for a few nights somewhere ele but struggling to select where. So advice welcome f ...

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Opinions/Suggestions - Southern Myanmar/Burma

Posted by LoganT on 21/9/2013 at 10:14

Hi guys - you all helped me out immensely a few years ago with a Laos trip, so I was hoping someone might be able to give me some thoughts on a Myanmar trip I have roughly planned out. I've done ALOT of internet searching but it is all fairly inconclusive. I fly into Yangon at the beginning of December and have a flight out of Bangkok 16 days later. This'll be my second trip to Myanmar - I did the "big four" on my last (10 day) trip - LOVED Yangon and Bagan... the other two, less so, ...

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Advice on itinerary

Posted by Harry05 on 24/9/2013 at 14:46

Looking forward to my visit to Myanmar and already made a global itinerary which look like this: Air Asia flight Bangkok-Mandalay december 12th, Mandalay (12-13) Bagan (14-17) if possible transport by boat Mandalay-Nyaung U Kalaw (18-20) transport by flight Nyaung U-Heho Inle Lake (21-24) Mandalay (25) Pyin Oo Lwin (26-27) Kyaukme (28-30) transport Pyin Oo Lwin-Kyaukme by train (Gokteik viaduct) Hsipaw (dec. 31 - jan. 1-2) Mandalay (3-4) Yangon (5-6) transport Mandalay-Yangon by flight, Air Asi ...

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Ananda Pahto Temple festival 2014 (Bagan)

Posted by Harry05 on 20/9/2013 at 14:39

Someone can tell the dates of the Ananda Pahto Templefestival 2014 in Bagan (as I can not find the exact dates)? You think it's worth visiting? I have to makereservations in advance? Thanks answering, Harry ...

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Gay couple travelling to Burma

Posted by hayles623 on 1/9/2013 at 05:44

Hi all, My girlfriend and I are planning to spend about a month in Burma as part of a 6-8 month trip through SE. Asia. We know there is a 10 yr-life sentence for acts of homosexuality but from what I understand is rarely enforced. We wanted to know if anyone had any advice as to how we should avoid offending anyone and of course getting into serious trouble as we can't seem to find a huge amount of information on the topic. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!! ...

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Heading North, finishing in Mandalay. Bagan or Inle Lake first?

Posted by mitchwest on 17/9/2013 at 23:59

Hi me and my wife are currently in Yangon We're going to head to Moulmein, Hpa-an and Golden Rock But then when we head north we're not sure if we should go to Bagan or Inle Lake/Kalaw first As we fly out of Mandalay it makes sense for us to head to that area last (including Hsipaw, Mingun etc) Time is not really an issue. We were thinking of stopping in Pyay so that would be more on the way to Bagan i think, but its not essential that we go there. Do you think its better to go Bagan - Kala ...

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1 Month Burma 15th Sep 2013 to 17 Oct 2013

Posted by mitchwest on 5/9/2013 at 06:29

Hi Everyone I'm going to Burma/Myanmar soon. It looks like it could be quite rainy, but i'm not letting that put me off, at least it should be easy to get hotels. So we are starting in Yangon and Finishing in Mandalay. We will also overstay our visa by a couple of days, but it seems to only be $3 a day each to go over so no big deal really. It is also me and my new wife, so any particularly romantic spots would be good. Since we are starting south and finishing North we can't do any sort of l ...

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My trip in August

Posted by reublim on 1/9/2013 at 05:01

Hello, I was in Myanmar from 31 July to 13 August, traveling with 2 other friends. We went from Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin, Hsipaw, and flew out from Mandalay. I can try answering any questions you may have for these places. I've completed my uploads for Yangon so far, which can be found in my signature. Thanks for all help given on this forum! ...

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Deatils on the now open Thailand Burma border crossings

Posted by somtam2000 on 29/8/2013 at 06:12

So this is something many have been waiting for. A number of border crossing between Thailand and Burma are now open. For details, see this post on Thai Burma border crossings which includes information on onwards travel once you're in. This is a game changer. ...

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