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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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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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