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Booking for my trip in Late June/July

Posted by Donman1990 on 21/2/2013 at 02:30

I realise that this is a topic that seems to get discussed across a number of threads and forums, and I have done quite a bit of reading into it. But I still have a few more questions that I was hoping people with experience around the topic could help me answer. I'm planning on heading into Burma during late June/July which will be the end of roughly 5 months of travelling around south east asia. I'm still a bit unsure about the booking situation. I do intend to book my first few nights in Yan ...

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Prices, cash, points of entry

Posted by bananas4baba on 26/2/2013 at 10:22

Apart from hotels (which are over priced by South East Asian standards) Myanmar is a cheap country to travel in. We budgeted, and tied up, way too many dollars in cash - in part due to some of the scaremongering on these here pages. Travel is pretty cheap, though perhaps not as cheap as some countries. As for food you can pay as little or as much as you like. We had one thali in Mandalay that cost us 300 kyats (under 25p in UK money). If you have a big appetite you might need to order a second o ...

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Visa for Burma

Posted by Donman1990 on 15/3/2013 at 05:25

I'm currently in Hanoi, I want to apply for my Burmese Visa either here or in Bangkok in a month. To receive the Visa do I need to show my flights in and out of the country? Or is that something I can book after I get my Visa? ...

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cooking lesson in Burma

Posted by olodum on 26/9/2012 at 05:55

Hi, could anybody recommend some cooking classes in Yangon??? I was searching internet but I found only offer in Yangoon at Monsoon Restaurant but it's rather expensive... 60USD per person. Marta ...

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Visa to Myanmar

Posted by bman88 on 28/2/2013 at 22:07

I've been told that I can apply for. Myanmar visa at their embassy in Phnom Penh, and it takes about one week to get it. Can someone confirm this, and/or inform me of,what the process is. Also, when flying to Myanmar are you limited to Mandalay and Rangoon? ...

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Can US citizens get a Vietnam visa in Rangoon?

Posted by banhmiandyou on 2/2/2013 at 06:03

Planning a trip to Burma in a few weeks and would like to head directly to Vietnam after that. Anyone know if it is possible for US citizens to get a Vietnam tourist visa (one month, single entry) in Rangoon at the Vietnamese Embassy? If it's possible, would love to know about process, fees, required documents etc. Thanks in advance! ...

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Thoughts on 2 week itinerary?

Posted by janzak on 29/1/2013 at 05:10

Hey guys! Going to Burma tomorrow, making a rough itinerary for movements across the country. What do you think? 1. Arrive Yangon 2. Arrive Mandalay 3. Arrive Bagan 4. Bagan 5. Bagan 6. Arrive Kalaw 7. Kalaw 8. Kalaw 9. Leave trek to Inle 10. Arrive trek to Inle 11. Inle 12. Inle 13. Arrive Yangon 14. Leave for BKK Overall skipping Yangon and Mandalay since I'm more interested in indigenous areas and I can see painted rocks and royal palaces elsewhere ...

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Possible to enter by air and leave by bus?

Posted by OTL on 21/1/2013 at 04:46

I plan to fly into Yangon from Bangkok, but on exit I plan to cross the border at Tachileik/Mae Sai and from there take the bus to Chiang Mai. Will I have any problems doing this? I can't really see why I would but you never know. Thanks! ...

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Myanmar, Im coming to ya!

Posted by wheretonext on 25/11/2012 at 06:58

Hey everyone, Will be traveling alone to Myanmar this March 25 - April 9. Flying in and out of Yangon from Bangkok (Air asia). Help with the itinerary, transport and all? I wanna see Inle Lake, Bagan & Mandalay mostly. Anything else I could go to or see for 15 days of travel? Mrauk U looks very nice but I don't think I have enough time. Myanmar seems to be quite harder to get around with its dodgy public transport and stuff, can anyone help me with a rough guide on how to get from one plac ...

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Spirit Festivals in August

Posted by reublim on 20/1/2013 at 03:25

Hi, I plan to visit Mandalay and Bagan in early August. I just found out that there are three festivals near Mandalay around that time: 1. Taung Byone Nat Pwe (Madayar, Mandalay) 2. Yadana Gu Nat festival (Amapura, Mandalay) 3. Shwe Kyun Pin Nat Pwe (Mingun) and would like to know when exactly this year they are. It would be helpful if some locals could confirm the dates. Also, any information such as time of day to visit and guides, accommodation or any other relevant info is much appreciate ...

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2 Week Itinerary

Posted by lifeisadream on 11/1/2013 at 05:19

Hi there, I am trying to plan a 14 day trip to Burma and need help to work out if I am tyring to squeeze too much into a short amount of time. We will be flying from London to Bangkok in which we lose a day and technically land in Bangkok on day two. So our itinerary would look like this... Day 1 - Flight to Bangkok Day 2- Explore Bangkok Day 3- Fly Bangkok to Yangon Day 4- Yangon Day 5- Bagan Day 6- Bagan Day 7- Bagan Day 8- Mandalay Day 9- Mandalay Day 10- Inle Lake Day 11- Inle Lake Day 12 ...

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Transport for Mandalay-Bagan in August

Posted by reublim on 5/1/2013 at 23:23

Hello, I'm planning a 9 or 10 day trip to Mandalay and Bagan via Yangon. I intend to go to these places as these would be the driest during August. I have some questions. 1. From Mandalay to Bagan, I hope to take a river boat. I'm partial to the slow ferry, but wouldn't like it's uncertainty and likelihood of breaking down. What are the options available in July, and which would you recommend? 2. Depending on what is my exit strategy, I will either travel from Bagan to: a) Yangon by bus? ...

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Air Bagan crash

Posted by daawgon on 26/12/2012 at 03:23

Air Bagan has had a Fokker 100 fatal crash near Heho, Myanmar (one died on the plane + one on the ground) (Airliners.net reports) ...

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No room at the Inn?

Posted by JohnnyM on 9/10/2012 at 02:03

Along with seemingly half the travelling world - I was intending going to Burma in November - but haven't booked any accommodation. From what I can gather, all the web bookable hotels are booked up. I understand that Burma has a very limited infrastructure which will take a few years to catch up with current demand. So, does anyone have an educated view on whether there is much lower range accommodation that just doesn't take advance/internet bookings, or whether Burma really is full up? So f ...

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11 Day Itinerary

Posted by PaulJB on 12/9/2012 at 15:29

Hi Guys, Any advice would be great!, my itinerary is different than other ones I have seen as I want to fly into Yangon and out of Mandalay(meaning that I dont do the usual route Yangon-Bago-Mandalay-Isle-Yangon). I am looking to go, Yangon-Bagan-Inle-Mandalay. Queries I have already are, 1) the flight between Bagan and Inle is with Bagan Air, are they reliable and have people heard of this flight before? 2) Does the time breakup for the locations look right? 3) I am leaving Myanmar on the 1 ...

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Myanmar Trip Report

Posted by loral on 8/12/2012 at 14:02

I visited Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Thazi, Kalaw, Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake), and the Taung Gyi Balloons during November. For anyone interested my first trip report is here: Yangon, Myanmar aka Rangoon, Burma The post before that may assist people flying in or out on AirAsia from Bangkok. I hope to post the remaining reports before Christmas. ...

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Up to date guidebook?

Posted by Sampan on 3/9/2012 at 03:25

Hi people, I'm having some thoughts about visiting Burma later this year and was wondering if there is such a thing as a up to date guidebook? From what I'm reading, due to all the recent changes, LP's latest edition (2011?) isn't very accurate when it comes to prices. Is there any better one out? Or a good blog or web-page perhaps? Any input is highly appreciated! Happy trails! ...

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Myanmar Embassy in Australia

Posted by loral on 22/10/2012 at 00:45

For Aussies, I am posting again because I finally made contact. It exists! The long story as to why that is great news for me follows. After months of searching and finding many different visa sites, all with a degree of uncertainty and high charges, I finally discovered the official web-site for the Australian Embassy. It included downloadable application forms for visa and details for the procedure. I discovered only today that the reason I had not found it before is that it only operates sp ...

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Yangon> South Thailand

Posted by JohnnyM on 2/9/2012 at 10:53

I'm thinking of spending some time in Burma this autumn/winter followed by a week on a thai beach. Is there any (relatively) straightforward way to get to south Thailand from Yangon or South Burma, other than flying back to Bangkok and then onwards from there - seems a lot of doubling back - especially as I was thinking of one of the islands near Ranong. ...

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Visa On Arrival

Posted by dbaroncelli on 18/10/2012 at 01:15

So, anyone can clarify if the tourist (not business) Visa On Arrival is currently available at the Yangoon International Airport for the famous 26 countries? (runei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam, Australia, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States of America.) In that case, do you need to apply online before? Many thanks for any clar ...

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