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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) ( 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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Myanmar Currency

Posted by loral on 28/10/2012 at 19:08

I am in the final stages of planning for my Myanmar trip in November; just waiting on the passport and, hopefully, visa to arrive from the Australian Embassy. I am aware that I need pristine $US notes for travelling there. Many posts mention $100 notes, but I am wondering if I will also need other denominations to minimise the need for change and for tips. For a specific example, I need to pre-pay a hotel $216. I am guessing it will be better to have exact money rather than take the chance of g ...

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Posted by loral on 22/10/2012 at 01:28

My present itinerary looks like this: Date Sleep transport Tue 13/Nov 12 Bangkok Wed 14/Nov 12 Yangon Air Thu 15/Nov 12 Yangon Fri 16/Nov 12 Mandalay rail or air Sat 17/Nov 12 Mandalay Sun 18/Nov 12 Mandalay Mon 19/Nov 12 Mandalay Tue 20/Nov 12 Bagan boat Wed 21/Nov 12 Bagan Thu 22/Nov 12 Bagan Fri 23/Nov 12 Pindaya car Sat 24/Nov 12 Kalaw car Sun 25/Nov 12 Inle Lake car Mon 26/Nov 12 Inle Lake Tue 27/Nov 12 Inle Lake Wed 28/Nov 12 Yangon Air Thu 29/Nov 12 Yangon ...

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currency update

Posted by gup on 27/9/2012 at 02:43

HI, We will travel in Myanmar in November. I have just read on a travel-agencywebsite that EURO-banknotes (in the usual pristine condition ...) can be exchanged in Yangon/Mandalay and Bagan and that the rate you get is better than what you get for the US$. EURO-notes seem not to be accepted as payment for hotels etc..., for this you would still need US$. Can anyone - recent traveller - confirm this ? (... and confirm how much the exchange rate EUR-kyat and or US$-kyat was ??) Tnx for yr feed ...

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Getting mint-condition US dollars

Posted by dbaroncelli on 18/10/2012 at 01:21

I am currently travelling around South East and I am planning to go to Burma (flying to Yangoon from Bangkok), but I don't have mint-condition dollars with me. Where is the best place to get them using credit card? ...

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travel to thandwe

Posted by imbrian943 on 17/10/2012 at 08:20

i have a flight booked on the 1st december heho to thandwe but the uk foreign office is still issuing travel warnings to rhakine state has anyone travelled to thandwe recently ...

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Posted by gracetandil on 3/10/2012 at 05:17

We are taking a tour package in Myanmar, 8 days, 7 nights, with Myanmar Delight agency. Do you know this agency? Is it common that agencies charge for the use of a camera? What are zone fees? That is strange, at least to me... Can you help me? ...

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Visa exit date

Posted by aussiejohn on 16/9/2012 at 20:07

Applying for a visa here in Australia before flying to Yagon from Singapore (SIA). Will I need to give exit details (booked flight) or can that float within the 28 days of the visa. If the answer is no, will the same question be asked on arrival in Yangon? ...

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travel north only

Posted by aussiejohn on 3/10/2012 at 17:49

My current 10-11 day plan is. Yangon>>fly>>inle lake>>overland>>bagan>>overland>>mandalay>>fly>>bangkok and would like some help deciding if this a sensible approach. Any thoughts on the better (or least worse) over land trips? as we could reverse Bagan and Inle or consider another fly sector to help. thanks ...

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Posted by gracetandil on 26/9/2012 at 11:52

I have a big doubt: If I go to the Myanmar embassy I must leave there my own passport, right? OK. I must pick it up after 3 working days. OK? Right. So, how can I buy a ticket to travel somewhere else, for example in Bangkok, if I want to but a bus ticket to Chiang Mai or wherever in the same country? Can I do that with a photocopy of my passport???? Does anyone know anything about this? Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...

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25 Days in Myanmar trip advice

Posted by Bully74 on 29/8/2012 at 10:03

Hi im Carlo fro Italy, im planning with a friend to spend 25 days around Myanmar. Ive been researching for the best itineraries and came up with this: Can someone tell me if it is too much for 25 days? Thank you Carlo Day 1 Yangon full day sightseeing Day 2 Yangon full day sightseeing Day 3 Yangon-Bago-KyaikHtiYoo by car Day 4 KyaiHtiYoo-Hpa An-Mawlamyaing by car Day5 Mawlamyaing Day 6 Mawlamyaing-Bago-Yangon by car Day 7 Yangon-Mandalay by flight/Amarapura/Inwa ...

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Back to SEA want to see Bagan

Posted by orangebutton on 6/9/2012 at 17:20

Hi fellow travelers I have small question, I plan to go back to south east Asia again this year since I got a free ticket to bangkok. As the title says I want to see Bagan, but I also want to meet some friends I made on Koh Tao and Koh Phangan so the question is where to go first to avoid unneeded bus travel although time is not a big issue since I am planing about 3-4 weeks for everything. As far as I understood you can enter Burma on Land but have to fly out? If that is correct the rough plan ...

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How to get a visa from Poland?

Posted by Joanna_S on 2/3/2012 at 07:50

Hi All, My sister and I are going to Burma next year. She lives in Poland, I live in the UK. London is one of 2 cities in Europe where they have a Burmese embassy. My sister doesn't have time nor money to travel to the UK to apply for her visa. She read somewhere that she could courier her passport and application form to me and I can take it to the embassy and then pick it up. Is this true? ...

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