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Mae Sot/Myawaddy Border Xing

Posted by AngusW on 9/4/2012 at 16:58

Hi there, Has anyone out there had recent experience crossing from Burma to Thailand via the Mae sot/Myawaddy crossing? Cheers, Angus ...

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Traveling in Today's Burma

Posted by Tilapia on 2/5/2012 at 13:05

This was on the BBC website the other day. Thought it was an interesting look at how it can be for travel in Burma today. It also discusses some of the good and bad points regarding the entire ASEAN region when it comes to tourism. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/fast_track/9717429.stm ...

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Burma trip with others

Posted by GGsfo on 30/4/2012 at 14:14

I am travelling alone, but would rather go to Burma with others. Is anyone going for about 10-12 days sometime between June 6-21? I would be happy to join your group or buddy up with someone and do a trip. ...

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Advice on 26 day trip

Posted by greenings on 29/4/2012 at 08:47

We are a couple of 63 year olds planning for our 26 day trip to Myanmar next January. We are used to travelling independently and want to keep our schedule as free as possible but realise from this forum that some booking ahead is going to be essential. Our options seem to be to book a whole package from a local agent, which would be expensive and rather limiting, or just booking enough to get us started. At the moment, our thoughts are to book in advance the hotel in Yangon and a flight on to ...

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Seeking Advice on Myanmar Itinerary

Posted by valerie1213 on 10/4/2012 at 13:35

eedback on Iternerary in Myanmar--Would LOVE help! We'll be in Myanmar for 18 days (April-May). We would love feedback and advice on the following itinerary (including stuff we shouldn't miss). THANK YOU! Yangon Day 1-2 --thoughts on Beautyland II? --want to see the synagogue, markets, etc. Anything else we shouldn't miss? We'll only be in Yagon for 24 hours. Bagan Day 2-4 --flight into Nyaung U, and then car to Bagan. Should we book ...

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Burma Myanmar Roads to Kachin and Shan Areas

Posted by burmabound on 12/4/2012 at 04:39

Can anyone tell me if the road from Lasio up to Muse on the China border is open to tourists? Or alternatively from Bhamo to Muse? Has anyone been on the roads going north or north east from Myitkyina? ...

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Travel buddy??

Posted by hellokitty264 on 8/4/2012 at 23:35

I guess its a long shot as its short notice but I am wondering is anyone here going to be in Burma in the next few days and is looking for someone to travel with? Ive been travelling in South East Asia for 5 months and have just about enough money to see one more country! I would love to see Burma but it would be great to have someone to travel with as it doesnt seem so easy to meet people here. Im currently in Kuala Lumpur and considering flying to Yangon at the weekend... ...

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Burma Itineracy advice

Posted by AngusW on 4/4/2012 at 19:48

Hey all, So I'm planning a quick trip through Burma to see Bagan. Something like Yangon - Bagan - Chang Mai (somehow!) I want to end up in Chang Mai by going across the border overland. Can you give me any advice to best way of achieving this? Thanks! ...

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7 days in Burma itinerary?

Posted by qwertyjjj on 3/3/2012 at 12:16

I am doing a 3 week trip in Thailand and Burma and have about 7 days to spend in Burma. Is it possible to do: 1 arrive Yangon --> overnight bus to Bagan 2 Bagan 3 Bagan 4 Bagan 5 Inle 6 Inle 7 Yangon 8 flight to Bangkok I'm wondering if this is too much travelling. Is there an alternative route I could do? Also, I'm worried that arriving in Yangon and heading out on an overnight bus might be too quick to get organised not really knowing the area. ...

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Burma update

Posted by giba on 31/3/2012 at 10:41

Just came back from Burma, a few updates on practicalities: VISA: (this applies to the embassy in Bangkok) you do not need to provide an itinerary for your trip; it takes two working days to get the visa, the express one is available at 1300bath (instead of 1020) but you have to give proof you need it in a hurry, so take the plane ticket with you, or you will face an unceremonious denial. MONEY: There are two "official" money exchange shops outside Boyake market, offering a better ra ...

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Express Boat from Bagan to Mandalay

Posted by grak88 on 19/3/2012 at 12:16

Does anyone know if the Malikha express boat is operating right now from Bagan to Mandalay? ...

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Photography in Burma/Myanmar

Posted by 9preciousGems on 28/4/2011 at 17:19

Ive seen some amazing shots from people travelling through Burma with their cameras Im wondering if anyone has any experience of travelling through there with good quality camera equipment? Im talking something like a Canon 5D Mk ii and a couple of L Lenses. What's the reaction of the people? Will this sort of camaera attract to much attention? Will suspicions of 'Jounralist' arise? (i know they are very wary of these sorts of occupations - eg on Visa Apps) Ive read about camera taxes at som ...

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Occupations on Visas

Posted by grak88 on 27/2/2012 at 04:40

Does anyone know if the Burmese gov't has relaxed their hate on certain occupations when you apply for visas (ex. journalist, lawyers, etc?) Have they eased up since opening up to more tourists? ...

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Book now or wait until arrival?

Posted by Jamois on 22/2/2012 at 01:27

I'm a single traveler going to Burma for the first time. I have not made any arrangements in country and I'm starting to worry if I can do that when I get there next week. I figure it's not really peak season right now, or is it? I got one offer from an agent for a 12-day tour (Yangon-Mandalay-Bagan-Inle) for $2,400. It's really more than I want to spend but I don't want to be left without options. Should I splurge now or can I wait until I get there in 7 days? Any advice would be appreciated ...

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Myanmar--looking for advice on mid-range, cool, friendly accomodations...and other tips! (4/12)

Posted by valerie1213 on 19/2/2012 at 16:01

My partner and I will be in Myanmar for 2-3 weeks in April, and we're seeking advice on all aspects of the trip. If anyone can answer ANY of the following, please do so--we'd love to hear from you. 1. What were your favorite accommodations? We love simple, clean, spots with private bathrooms--nothing too fancy, but nothing too dingy either (we both did the hostel thing in our 30s and, while that was fun, we're willing to pay a bit more for scenic and clean accommodations). All suggestions we ...

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Bagan-Ngapali-Yangon by bus?

Posted by KatMachine on 8/1/2012 at 01:54

Hi, would like to ask is there any bus from Bagan to Ngapali and Ngapali to Yangon? Or train perhaps? thank you ...

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Burma southern circuit - Yangon - Malawmiyne - Hpa an - Golden Rock (Kyaikhto/Kinpun) - Bago

Posted by KirstyB on 9/2/2012 at 01:18

There have been a few postings about this route so I thought I would share some up to date information based on my recent experience. Some parts may be more detailed than others depending on how many notes I made but hopefully this will help …... I travelled in this order - Yangon to Mawlamyine by train - on to Hpa an by boat - and then by road: Golden Rock - Bago - Yangon. We met others who went Yangon - Golden Rock – Mawlamyine - Hpa an - (Bago) - Yangon which would also work fine if yo ...

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February in Burma

Posted by rutuliux on 3/1/2012 at 13:36

We are planning to go this February to Burma. I was wondering if i should book accommodations ahead in major tourist places? I understood that tourism in Burma is getting high with every year.... ...

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Back from Myanmar- 21jan to 31 jan 2012

Posted by teeterouge on 15/2/2012 at 05:17

A quick summary that might be of some help: The itinerary was Yangon-Bagan-Inle-Kalaw-Yangon By plane for Yangon-Bagan, Bagan-Heho and Heho-Yangon (Air Mandalay and Air KBZ) Some remarks: During high season it's better to book accommodation: we met quite a few travelers having trouble to find a place, especially in Inle. In the end I think everyone could find something but with very basic amenities and not necessarily at a good price. It's similar for the transportation: even the ...

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Crossing Myanmar by land

Posted by Indiantraveler on 2/2/2012 at 14:23

Friends,I am a new user of this forum. I want to travel Myanmar this year. As it is impossible to travel from my country (India) to Myanmar by road , I would like to know if it is possible to cross the border of Myanmar from Thailand and then travel towards the Yangon and other destinations. Secondly, is it possible to travel some parts of historic Ledo road or Stilwell Road ? ...

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