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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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Travel buddy

Posted by vinespino03 on 26/5/2013 at 05:47

Hi there. I'm looking for buddy (indo-china tours) and loking for any advice.Liested below are my itenerary for 15 days Day 1 Thailand ( Phuket ) · Elephant Show · Old Phuket Town Travel to Bangkok (4 to 6 hours) Second Class Train Day 2 (Bangkok) · Ancient Tour · Pod Fai Market · Night â€" Vertigo and Moon Bar Day 3 · Floating Market ( · River Kwai · Park Society (tentative) BURMA Day 4 · Yanghon o Swedagon ...

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Viewed 1,593 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by mattocmd on 26/5/2013 at 10:37

Want a few free nights in Mandalay?

Posted by somtam2000 on 23/5/2013 at 23:43

So for the second time running I've arrived in Bangkok planning to get a visa running only to find the embassy closed. Yes, I'm an idiot. However, there is an upside. If you're already in Burma, specifically Mandalay and would like to use my pre-booked hotel stay which I can't change the dates on, let me know and I'll send you the voucher. The stay is at the Smart Hotel, 167 28th Street, between 76th and 77 and is for checkin on May 25, checkout May 28. It cost me around $120 but if you can u ...

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Myanmar in August Itinerary

Posted by reublim on 16/3/2013 at 06:07

Hi, I will be in Myanmar for 14 days. Here is a tentative itinerary. What do you think? Also, which between Kyaukme or Hsipaw be worth spending some time at? 31 July-depart to Yangon 1 Aug-Yangon 2 Aug-depart by bus to Bagan 3, 4, 5, Aug-Bagan, Mt Popa 6 Aug-depart by boat to Mandalay 7 Aug-Mandalay 8 Aug-Ancient capitals around Mandalay 9 Aug-depart to Pyin Oo Lwin 10 Aug-Pyin Oo Lwin 11, 12 Aug-Spirit Festival?, Kyaukme/Hsipaw 13 Aug-departure to Bangkok. Thanks! ...

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good travel agents

Posted by aussiejohn on 7/10/2012 at 21:50

I know there are a scattering of travel agent recommendations through out these threads but Im hoping to get an up to date list of recommended travel agents who can book and advise through emails. Especially booking flights. In Yangon would be good so I can check up on the bookings when I arrive. thanks ...

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Viewed 3,256 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by ericgallo on 9/5/2013 at 22:39

traveling with my daughters

Posted by broome on 21/3/2013 at 02:32

i'm 49 and my daughters are 16 and 17. i want to take them on a backpacking trip to show them how it is done, as i would like them to see the world when they get abit older. only trouble is i'v never done it myself. so i need help aswell would you more seasoned travelers do Myanmar as your first trip or a little easyer country for our first atempt. we would be away for 2 weeks and doing it during school holidays. i was thinking 50 australian dollars a day each plus spending money would that be o ...

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Train timings and pricings

Posted by ktjl on 1/5/2013 at 02:23

Hi, New guy here going to Myanmar in about 2 weeks time, on May 12th. Taking a flight from Singapore to Yangon, reaching at around 10:30 am (anyone happens to be going to Yangon on the same time an day? maybe we can arrange to share a taxi or something ) Anyways, I was planning my trip to Inle Lake from Yangon. My plan is to take the train to Thazi, change to the slow scenic train to Kalaw and then hike up to Inle Lake from Kalaw. Came across this awesome page (, with the most ...

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Myanmar visa - Washington DC processing time

Posted by mattocmd on 1/5/2013 at 11:04

I sent my visa application on Friday, April 26th via Fed EX and received my passport with visa today (May 1). To my surprise it took only 5 days total! ...

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American money and internet

Posted by mattocmd on 28/4/2013 at 11:01

Two small details that I want to clarify: For those of you who've been to Myanmar recently, how restricted is the internet? Were you able to access Gmail and Facebook? I'd like to be able to keep in contact with my family while I'm gone if possible. So just double checking that these two websites aren't currently blocked. I keep reading how US dollars must be in perfect condition...Are we talking mint condition? Or just in overall good shape with no tears, writing or major creases? I'm tr ...

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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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