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Nyaungshwe to Loikaw

Posted by BreadtagAsia on 5/1/2017 at 06:02

We have just asked the travel agency thu thu in Nyaungshe about boat travel to Loikaw. They say it costs $150 US for a one day trip to Phekon and $200 if you stay overnight. Can one get out of Nyaungshe and then take a public boat to Phekon? Seems excessive and we are in no hurry. We are Australian and with the exchange rate $150 US is a lot of money for us. The other way seems relatively easy! Actually -there is a public boat. We took it in the opposite direction (Phekhon to Nyaungshwe)in Jan ...

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Bagan --> Yangon --> Mawlamyine --> Hpa An Logistics Help

Posted by kkronenberg on 29/11/2016 at 12:24

Hey All, I'm going to Burma/Myanmar next week and am trying to figure out if the following is doable and any personal experiences with booking and taking buses and trains: Day 1: Take a night bus from Bagan to Yangon 2: Catch a morning train that day to Mawlamyine 3: Mawlamyine 4: Mawlamyine 5: Take a bus from Mawlamyine --> Hpa An 6: Hpa An 7: Hpa An 8: bus Hpa An to Yangon Thanks so much for any bits of wisdom! Kent ...

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Myawaddy rooms

Posted by Herbie47 on 17/11/2016 at 09:09

I was planning on staying in Myawaddy on my exit from Myanmar but when I phoned up to check rooms were available I was informed by my first 2 choices River View Guesthouse and Shwe Wut Hlwar Motel that they no longer accept foreigners. My last choice Ngwe Setkar Hotels 2 and 1 wanted 35,000 kyat for room with bathroom and 17,000 kyat for one without, these were for single person with breakfast. I thought these prices were too high so I decided to go straight to Mae Sot where I got a reasonab ...

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Hsipaw or lashio or?

Posted by Stedeg on 13/11/2016 at 02:05

Hi there, I need to do some day trip visits to namtu in shan state. we cannot stay in namtu due to permission issues. where is the best place to stay as a base, hsipaw or lashio? or do you have anything else in mind? we are looking for something slightly lively where maybe I can find some fellow travellers. Anyone will be there in the xmas period? thanks ...

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Taxis overcharging from Bagan bus terminal to Nyuang Oo

Posted by HeidiSmith on 3/2/2015 at 03:48

Taxis/small trucks are seriously overcharging travellers at the new bus terminal in Nyuang Oo for transport into the town. We arrived in the afternoon on a day bus from Yangon to be hustled (the most intense hustle we experienced in Myanmar but nothing like some other countries) by the touts for transport into Nyuang Oo, which is about 5 km away. The touts started out at 5000 kyat a person (there were four of us) which was ridiculous for that distance. That would be 20,000 or $20.00 US for ...

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Permission for namtu, shan state

Posted by Stedeg on 27/10/2016 at 10:20

Hi, I have searched all the internet with no success hopefully you can help me. We are visitng myanmar next December and we would like to visit a place called namtu in shan state. Do you have any idea if we need permission to go to its town? If yes any idea how to get it? We want to visit an orphanage in the main town for 5 days. Thanks Stef ...

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Visa run from Thailand to myanmar

Posted by Michalgilo22 on 25/10/2016 at 06:56

Hello, I am currently in Ranong, Thailand and my visa to Thailand is about to end. I know it is possible to go on a visa run trip to kawthaung, myanmar (stamp out of Thailand, take a boat to kawthaung, stamp into myanmar, take a boat back to ranong, stamp back into Thailand), and then I get two more weeks to stay in Thailand. I know that you don't need a visa to myanmar in order to do that. The thing is that I already have in my passport a visa to mynmar because I plan to go there after the tw ...

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How far in advance do I need to book?

Posted by debbarak on 22/10/2016 at 17:06

My boyfriend and I are planning two months in Burma in February (as part of two months in SE Asia). I think we will probably start in Yangon, then Hpa-An before traveling up to Bagan and Inle. I see it's advised to book accommodation in advance, but how far in advance? Two months? Two weeks? Two days? We want to plan on the fly as much as possible. Thanks, Deborah ...

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Posted by mcorv on 11/10/2016 at 10:20

hey guys, can anyone tell me if there's any bus during the day from Inle Lake to Yangon, (and if so, if it's worth it for the view)?? On it says there's one day bus, but I couldn't find more info about it!! thanks!! ...

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Dawei to yangoon

Posted by kickintheass on 8/10/2016 at 13:26

hi all We are crossing the Thai Burmese border at Mse sot/ Dawei and heading to Yangoon. Are there any places of interests along the way? We can spend a few days getting to Yagoon or head there in a day. Any suggestions? Thank you. ...

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Internet access in southern Burma

Posted by craigthewedge on 7/10/2016 at 09:40

I am planning to travel in southern Burma from Mawlamyine to Myeik next month and I am looking for an up to date picture of internet access in the area. Much as I would love to not have to worry about this, work demands dictate that I need email access daily. From reading travelfish it seems the wifi in most guesthouses is pretty ropey or non-existent. Is there somewhere in most of the towns where you can get online at least to check and send emails? What about mobile data coverage? Could ...

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4 to 6 weeks in Myanmar 'alternative' itinerary

Posted by JennyRothbruck on 30/9/2016 at 05:50

Dear fellow Travellers, By now I have read hundreds of webpages from 2016 and getting really enthusiastic but honestly still don’t have a clear idea of a route to travel overland in Myanmar. I'm an avid traveller, love hiking and nature, culture and tend to avoid the busier (touristic) places. The 1st of January I will fly into Thailand and unwind for a week in the north and then continue overland to Myanmar. I have no deadline but i'm thinking of a month to 6 weeks. Next to hiking I like to ...

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Visa question.

Posted by chriswallace on 17/9/2016 at 18:37

Hi, I was planning to visit Myanmar at end Oct early Nov. I was to obtain my visa via (It indicates visa's take about a week to process) but a travel agent has advised that this is not a legitimate web site. Can someone please advise the best site for via applications. Thanks, Chris. ...

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Shared/private taxi costs: Bagan to Mandalay

Posted by dfrank24 on 17/8/2016 at 09:54

Hi! I am curious about the approximate current costs for a shared (2 of us sharing with others) or private taxi traveling from Bagan to Mandalay. We are weighing options for a taxi versus a bus. Thanks! ...

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Burma (Myanmar) or Loas + Cambodja??

Posted by PM on 3/7/2016 at 07:57

Hi! First of all, apologies if this post is in the wrong place, but I'm quite new to this site. My husband and I are traveling to SEA in November for 3 weeks, but can't make op our minds to go for either Loas combined with Cambodja or Burma. We have already been to Vietnam and Indonesia and would like to something that's a bit 'different' from the things we've already seen. In our vacations we look for a mix of natural beauty (landscapes, wildlife, some trekking) and culture. All 3 countries se ...

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E-visa to be allowed at land border entry

Posted by Captain_Bob on 22/8/2016 at 05:41

This will be handy. Starting 1-Sep-2016 e-visa can be used to enter Myanmar by land at the three main checkpoints. Previously was only allowed for air entry. "We are pleased to announce that starting from 01/09/2016, eVisa can be used to enter Myanmar from the following three land border checkpoints, between Myanmar and Thailand: - Tachileik - Myawaddy - Kawthaung" See announcement here: ...

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Bangkok to Yangon - advice

Posted by iciclesecret on 21/11/2014 at 04:52

Hi all, I land into Bangkok on 26th December and would ideally like to spend some time in Thailand until New Year... perhaps Ko Phayam, but open to ideas! I fly out of Yangon on the 17th January. Seems to be so many options to explore in Burma, I'm a little overwhelmed. What are the must see and dos? I'd love to experience the best of the food, the people, river cruises and possibly beach huts by the coast, as well as ideally Bagan and Inle. Not as fussed by major cities, and I think that ...

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Burma and Laos 2 week Itinerary Help Needed

Posted by Newstarr on 28/4/2016 at 22:15

Hello, I will be flying in and out of Bangkok in November for the entire month. I have some things I need to do in Thailand but I am very flexible. Except needing to spend American Thanksgiving in Bangkok. I have been to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. I would like to visit Burma and Laos. I will be traveling alone for the first time in my life! I hold an American and Thai passport so I don't believe I need a visa to enter Burma via 3 major airports or Laos at all. The flights from Burma to L ...

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Posted by Fonnzie on 7/6/2016 at 04:18

Hi I am looking at going into Burma in Dec/Jan 2016/17 is this a good time, weather, tourist overflow, low season/high season. At this stage I am looking to fly into Yangon and spend my time mooching around there, would be interested in good places to stay, not budget and not high end, where to eat, where to drink etc, hiring a guide/driver without supporting the Cronies. Any and all advice, recommendations will be greatly accepted. Cheers Brian ...

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Help w/ Festival logistics / Inle vs Hpa-an

Posted by sactocalvin on 11/6/2016 at 18:27

Hi friends, We are keen on enjoying some festivals while in Burma in January but I'm finding it difficult to find dates and locations. No doubt they're a moving target anyway. Meanwhile, I know we need to book high-season accommodations ASAP. What's the best resource for figuring out festival logistics? Additionally, I'm curious about your opinion on Inle Lake vs Hpa-an. We will have a 2-week itinerary, and I don't want to do more than 3 locations: Yangon, Bagan and ??? ... My favorite place ...

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