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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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Yangon to Bagan/Mandalay night bus

Posted by aik_yong2002 on 20/8/2013 at 04:39

Hi, I will be visit Myanmar in November. I have problem with transportation. If I arrived at Yangon airport around 5pm, will I be able to catch the night bus departing to Bagan/Mandalay if I go to Aung mingalar bus station directly? Can someone provide the the night bus schedule? What are the chances of buying the tickets on the spot? Thanks, AY ...

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first timer

Posted by muskey on 13/8/2013 at 10:48

Hello. Im planning a trip to Myanmar around the 23rd of December. This is my first visit to this country, so any advise would be appreciated. My plan is to fly to mandalay from Bangkok for a 7-8 night stay, from there im clueless... although bagan looks amazing. I enjoy sightseeing.. a good cold beer and sharing stories with any other polite travellers. Thankyou ...

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Recommended Drivers in Burma?

Posted by bradmcfc81 on 13/7/2013 at 03:30

Hi All, I'm looking for any suggestions of recommended drivers for a 3 week trip to Burma at the beginning of December? Any help would be much appreciated. Brad ...

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Border crossing through Tachileik

Posted by howpin on 3/8/2013 at 21:39

Hi guys, I will be travelling the Burma soon, would like to visit the places like Yangoon, Bagan, Inle lake, Mandalay. I will arrive Yangoon by flight and eventually heading to Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai through Tachileik /Mae Sai, but I'm wondering is that possible to do the crossing and is it simple? Any advise would be great! Cheers ...

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Trouble finding a hotel?

Posted by Annickvdv on 5/8/2013 at 13:58

Hello Everyone, We are planning a new Asia trip for November and I have set my mind on Burma. However, I have heard a lot of stories about people having trouble finding hotels and even having to sleep in monasteries. Especially when visiting the country in November. Has anyone had any experiences with this? Is it really such a problem? Cheers, Annick ...

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Up to date Burma Travel

Posted by EmilyfGale on 5/1/2013 at 01:37

The Myanmar (Burma) Lonely Planet guide book was published in2011 however in the space of just a year the information provided is already incrediblyinaccurate. The country is changing atsuch a fast pace it is impossible to keep information relevant. Although theguidebook is useful for information about some of the major attractions it isfairly irrelevant when it comes to prices, travel times, addresses etc. Itwould be wise to keep up to date with travel blogs and forums and not rely tooheavily ...

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Mandalay to Laos (preferably Luang Prabang, but Vientiane is ok too!)

Posted by Undisclosed on 27/5/2013 at 23:10

Help! We need to (well are hoping to) get from Mandalay to Luang Prabang somehow (without it costing a ridiculous amount!). Time is a little bit of an issue as we don't have an awful lot of it. The best I can come up with so far is to fly AirAsia from Mandalay to Bangkok, stay the night in Bangkok, then fly with Laos Airlines to Luang Prabang (I think we have to stay the night as the two airlines operate out of different airports and the times don't match up overly well, and my trust in AirAs ...

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yangon to mae sot

Posted by boxee on 24/6/2013 at 23:22

hi all Does any know if it is possible to get from Yangon to Myawaddy , then cross the border in to Mae sot ?? (collecting a 15 day Thailand visa ) Danny ...

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Myanmar climbing Mount Victoria

Posted by FrenchArt on 15/6/2013 at 03:39

We are 66 and we cannot find out how arduous is the climb from the upper base camp to the top of Mount Victoria? I have seen some photos and it looks as if it is quite a gentle climb up a hill, but I cannot find out if there are any steep bits? Also I have seen different postings which say the climb is 1 hour, 2 hours and 3 to 4 hours, so how long does it take to get to the top (not counting the return journey) at a fairly slow pace? Hopefully someone who has actually done the climb can advise. ...

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Couple of quick Burma tips

Posted by somtam2000 on 2/6/2013 at 04:50

So i've spend the last five days eating my way through Rangoon and here's a few quick tips: *) US cash bring in crisp new $100 notes. Keep them in a nook in a book to keep them as lovely as possible. If you're buying USD at Bangkok airport, tell them you want it for Myanmar and they'll try and give you the best they can. *) The best exchange rates I've seen so far have been at Rangoon's airport. Exchange your money at the kiosk AFTER customs as their rate is marginally better then the kiosk be ...

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Bagan to Mandalay Overnight Travel

Posted by reublim on 2/6/2013 at 05:54

Hi, Does anyone know if it's possible to travel overnight from Bagan to Mandalay by bus or train, and details such as company, price, times? From the schedules I've seen they only have day routes, which tend to take more than half a day. Thanks! ...

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Video for first-timers to Myanmar

Posted by erikssc on 26/5/2013 at 04:08

Hi! I went on a one week trip to Myanmar last year and made a video with some useful information for first timers to the country. It covers Bagan, Inle Lake and Yangon. My video "One Week in Myanmar": Enjoy. Erik ...

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