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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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Back Up Plan for Mrauk U?

Posted by ehenness on 19/7/2012 at 14:44

Hello Travelfishes, I'm planning on heading to Burma in February 2013, and in order to plan my savings/budget I've found an itinerary. However, I realize the situation at Mrauk U is that no travel is allowed there currently. I'm hoping this will change come February, but if it doesn't, what would be a good substitute? I'm a solo female traveler, not a big trekker. I enjoy gorgeous landscapes and culture like dance/music, etc. Day 1 - Arrive 10 AM in Yangon Day 2 - Yangon Day 3 - Early flight ...

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Myanmar for independent travellers ?

Posted by chriswallace on 25/8/2012 at 20:40

Hi, Am heading up to Myanmar for 2 weeks in late November. As time is short will be doing Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan and maybe a couple of other places. What's the gig on independent traveling ? Can I fly into Yangon and go independent or do I need to be part of an organized tour ? Is bus or train recommended ? Also, what is the weather likely to be like and can someone suggest an itinerary. Chris ...

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Posted by gracetandil on 31/7/2012 at 06:11

I am planning a trip to Myanmar for next November/December. My plan is for 7-8 days, not more than that. Can you suggest any company or tour agency that could take us (a friend and me) to cover the area of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake? I know the idea of including tour agencies is not the purpose of this site but perhaps you could help us. We wouldn´t like to waste our time and money, you know... There is not much time to visit Myanmar that is why... Thank you. ...

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Posted by gup on 3/8/2012 at 05:57

Hi, We're a party of 4, all 55+. We will travel in Burma in November this year. Stay 2-3 weeks. Not interested in guided tours. Option A = car & driver. Want to see "tourist highlights" but also interested in "lesser known spots". Itinerary to be made up with driver upon arrival in Rangoon. Not keen on taking local airlines/buses/trains. Prefer paying our money to local private entreprise, rather that to (with all due respect) "subsidized Travel Agents/Agencies ...

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Posted by gracetandil on 24/8/2012 at 11:47

What is the fastest way to get the Visa? I know it takes 3 working days. Is it possible to get the visa in a fastest way? How? Can you help me? Thank you. ...

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Crossing from Burma to Laos now possible

Posted by somtam2000 on 15/6/2009 at 07:34

Just received the following from a traveller who just finished up a long jaunt through Burma. While they didn't cross the border themselves, this is based on information they gathered. Hope it is of help. "It is now possible to cross overland from Tachilek in Burma to Mae Sai in Thailand and Xieng Kok in Laos. While the former has been possible for some time, the crossing into Laos is new. To use the crossing, do the following: 1) Visit the MTT office in Rangoon or Mandalay at least ten ...

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Posted by gracetandil on 15/8/2012 at 06:59

I was reading an article on today´s CNN and it says there have been some clashes among religious communities in Myanmar. Do you have any other news? I am planning a trip for next December... Thank you. ...

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Mandalay Accommodation

Posted by loral on 12/8/2012 at 06:26

I have been able to book most of my trip in November, but I seem to have hit a brick wall looking for a hotel or guest house in Mandalay. Suggestions or recommendatios would be welcomed. ...

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Arrive in Yangon

Posted by NYTim on 10/8/2012 at 11:45

I plan, early next year, to go to Burma. I shall arrive in Yangon at 10 30 am or so. Can I just take a cab into the center of town and look for guest house or should I book ahead. Thanks ...

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burma blog question

Posted by sapote on 21/7/2012 at 20:42

hello friends, i was reading a blog ,i believe was part of Travelfish. it had a page of visa/before you leave info, and then another page about food with pictures and descriptions. other pages as well i didnt peruse. sound familiar to anyone? i plan a trip by bicycle to Burma next Jan and am trying to garner useful info for planning. already i have been pleased and surprised by the comprehensive conversations here thank you ...

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Itinerary for Burma in Aug/12

Posted by dakial on 2/7/2012 at 20:50

Hi all. I've done some reading about burma and built this itinerary. I was hoping you guys could help me validate it. I have ~13 days to spend there so I focused on what I saw were the main cities/locations to visit and also will try to do long distances by plane. This is it: [05/08] Yangon >Flight Singapore to Yangon Myanmar Airways - DEP:1325 ARR:1455 - 308SGD(RT) >Sightseeing >>Shwe Da Gon Pagoda >>Chinatown >>Bogyoke Aung San Market [06/08] Yangon >Day trip t ...

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Online eVisas for Burma?

Posted by busylizzy on 6/5/2012 at 19:38

I heard recently that Burma / Myanmar are now (or soon?) allowing travellers to apply for eVisas online via this site: Essentially it's a pre-approval process. You apply online, pay and 5 days later you're sent an approval letter that you present at the airport in exchange for your visa. The link to the Fees page doesn't work so not sure how much it costs. Air Asia indicated that it's already up and running (as of Apr 2012) but the eVisa sites indicates it's ...

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Itinerary for 30 days in Burma

Posted by steviej on 25/6/2012 at 05:08

We'll be arriving in Yangon, from BKK, on the 7th February departing the 9th March (two days overstay I know, $3 per day + $3 admin) Here's a rough itinerary: Yangon for a few days and then head to Bagan by bus. Boat to Mandalay for Sagaing, Amarapura etc. High tail down to Kalaw and trek to Inle (3 day, 2 night option), Inle Lake and surrounds for a couple of days then a morning flight from Heho to Thandwe and catch an afternoon flight to Sittwe obviously stay for one night in Sittwe and head ...

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3 weeks in burma - Itinerary advice

Posted by Dimamah on 9/6/2012 at 12:31

hello, I'm planning being in burma between 4th and 25th of November this year. I've read many itineraries on this great site and came up with something like this: Day 1 - yangon (land early morning) Day 2 - yangon Day 3 - leave to Mawlamyine , Hpa An Day 4 - golden rock and back to yangon (on the same day?) Day 5 - fly from yangon to bagan Day 6 - bagan Day 7 - bagan (do i actually need another day here?) Day 8 - bagan to Mandalay Day 9 - Mandalay Day 10 Mandalay to Hsipaw Day 10-14 (4 days) Tr ...

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hotel in Nanpan or south Inle Lake

Posted by sylbear on 4/6/2012 at 04:22

hello, can anyone advise me a good place to stay on the South end of the 1° (northern) Inle Lake, in Nanpan or other village; or better: is there accomodation on the 2° (southern) Inle Lake? I checked the Golden Island Cottage of Nanpan but they are fully booked for july; thank you! ...

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flying from yangon

Posted by imbrian943 on 3/6/2012 at 03:56

my wife and i are visiting myanmar in late november/december as part of a 4/5 month trip around se asia we have booked a flight to yangon from bangkok and have booked our first hotel in yangon the rest of our trip is fluid as we have no real time limits as to how long we stay. would we have a problem returning to yangon and booking a flight to KL or Jakarta the same or next day ...

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Booking train tickets in advance!

Posted by ohmytravels on 29/5/2012 at 21:23

Hi all, Planning a 2 week trip around Burma this December. I'm trying to figure out how to book train tickets in advance. The companies listed on are telling me that they can no longer book in advance as the government keep changing the schedules. Everyone is telling me to go and book in person but we land the day before we need to get the train from Yangon to Mandalay. Can anyone recommend any travel agencies or services that can book tickets in advance for us? Thanks, Rich ...

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Burma Motorcycle

Posted by jimipiere on 15/1/2012 at 23:09

Want to head to Burma at the end of the month (jan2012) and rent a motorcycle to travel around the country. can anyone speak from experience as to the problems i will encounter. im told there are no bikes allowed in Rangoon, but that these laws are not often enforced and even less so for tourists. im also wondering if anyone can recommend a place or contact to get a decent bike. thanks from canada j. ...

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mai sai extended visa

Posted by plexo on 5/3/2012 at 09:42

Good Day, I'm looking to get from Chiang Mai to Bagan via Mai Sai crossing and Mandalay Air. Is it possible to get an regular visa at Mai Sai. the only references I've come across are the visa limited to Tachiliek. Thanks ...

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