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Kalaw and Hsipaw trekking - similar experience?

Posted by lineagnethe on 16/10/2015 at 03:40

Hello I am planning a trip to Myanmar this january, and at the moment we plan to visit both Kalaw and Hsipaw for a little bit of trekking - but i am wondering if the experience will be much a like? And the time might be better spent doing different things.. our rough itinerary at the moment is (20 days): Yangon - Bagan - Kalaw - Inle lake - Hsipaw - Pyin oo Iwin - Mandalay . So any recommendation is greatly appreciated. We thought about going to the coast, but we are not beach fanatic ...

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Average day and night temperatures in Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake

Posted by larsness on 8/10/2015 at 16:30

Hello. We are travelling to the mentioned sites in mid-December. As we are travelling with children we want to know what to pack. I know that it is very little rain in this period, but there are so many different temperature averages stated on different web sites that we are left unsure. Can someone who has been there give the approximate day- and night averages, please? Thanks. ...

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Burma or Myanmar?

Posted by somtam2000 on 5/9/2015 at 19:55

Almost as well trodden as the traveller or tourist discussion, the Burma or Myanmar debate is back in the news this week thanks to the Guardian making the switch. Our use on Travelfish of Burma (rather than Myanmar) is, alongside "Why don't you cover the Philippines", one of the most common reasons people email me! So I thought I'd pre-empt emails pointing out that the Guardian has changed and so isn't it time for Travelfish too, just to note that we're sticking with Burma, primarily ...

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December or January?

Posted by finesta321 on 23/8/2015 at 22:17

Hello! I am planning a trip to SE Asia this [Western] winter. We are going to spend ~3 weeks in Burma and ~3 weeks in the Philippines. Our plan is: December 3-December 22: Burma or Philippines December 23-December 28: Hong Kong December 29-January 20: Burma or Philippines Do you have any recommendations regarding which period would be better in Burma? I know Christmas and New Year's can be busy. Thank you! ...

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Travel plans in MYANMAR

Posted by Barbaragreece on 29/8/2015 at 12:39

I am trying to arrange internal travel for our upcoming trip to Myanmar in Oct -Dec, and I would like some advice as to the feasibility of my plans. 1. Is it possible to leave Mrauk U in the morning on an early (7am?) boat, fly from Sittwe to Yangon , and then transfer for a flight to Mandalay ? And if it's possible, how much time should we allow between flights? 2. Anyone have a current idea as to the comfort level of the boats that go from Mandalay to Bagan? I'm not considering ...

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Car share from Yangon to Bagan

Posted by sloxton on 6/9/2015 at 04:56

Hi, We are traveling from Yangon to Bagan on Friday the 11th of September. We are planning to rent a car and driver and go during the day on Friday so we can see the country and avoid the overnight bus. There are two of us currently and we are looking for one more person to car share with us to Bagan. Let me know if you are interested! Sam ...

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yangon circle line update

Posted by tingri on 2/9/2015 at 17:04

The circle line is changing rapidly There are 2 types of trains now One being a sealed window and dirty , air conditioned train , comfortable seats etc and the other is the old style open carriages I took the a/c one as I was told by the station master that this was it After the first few stations checking that I was "he train" I was totally bored and after getting halfway decided to abandon this train and wait for another to see if it was different It was as brilliant as all stories s ...

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17 days in Burma: can you help me?

Posted by Telegrafista on 14/3/2015 at 13:08

Hi there, I am planning my trip to Burma, which will be from 10 to 2 August 2015. It will be a "classic" trip including the most important sightseeing. We like not to rush from one place to another (we prefer to see less places, but better!). Here is our provisional program: 1. Arrival to Mandalay (from Bangkok) at 12:30, Mandalay centre in the afternoon, 2. Mandalay area ancient cities 3. Enjoy Mandalay life (markets, cooking class) 4. From Mandalay to Bagan (by boat proba ...

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Another 'which guesthouse' do you recommend thread! Myanmar (2015)

Posted by yozza2009 on 29/3/2015 at 07:53

Hi, I will be arriving in Yangon in little under two weeks and, though I have prepared some notes on where to stay and recommended eats, I would welcome recommendations from those who have been in recent times. For Yangon, I am yet to book anything but will likely stay at the Garden Guesthouse. Mandalay is proving somewhat more tricky - ET Hostel's prices seem to have spiralled in recent years, so, ideally, I am looking for a cheaper option. Bagan has a range of places, but have been advised, no ...

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Road Conditions - Crossing Myawaddy-Mandalay-Tamu( Moreh)

Posted by carlosmm4 on 17/7/2015 at 19:23

Interested in knowing about the road conditions this is the planned route from Border with Thailand Myawaddy to Kawkareik to Thaton Join NH8 Thaton to Daik-u Join Nh1 Daik-u to Taungoo Taungoo to Mandalay Join Road 7 Mandalay to Shwebo to Ye-U Ye-u to Mawlaik Mawlaik to Tamu ( Moreh) to Border with India Questions : are ALL the roads on this route able to be travelled by mini-bus / motor home ? or are some roads only able to be travelled by 4wd jeep are there times of the year when the roads ...

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Laundry in Myanmar

Posted by Elfiesharabi on 26/1/2015 at 01:41

Does hand done laundry dry over night? M maybe not in Yangon where there seems to be more humidity, but in Kalaw? bagan? Mandalay? Inle Lake area? In vietnam the humidity was so bad that our laundry took days to dry. We were constantly packing wet laundry and it was awful. Thanks in advance. ...

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Bus from Bagan to Ngapali

Posted by carmanah7 on 22/1/2015 at 05:46

Hi there! I am travelling in Myanmar during March. Does anyone know if there is a bus from Bagan to Ngapali? If not, what is the best way to get there? Thanks for any insight in advance! ...

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Change Ringgit in Yangon or Mandalay

Posted by magicFly on 18/1/2015 at 05:21

Hi, I have quite a lot of ringgit left. Does anyone know where I can change them in Yangon or Mandalay? All the money changer just accept US Dollar, EUR and SGPD. Any ideas? ...

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Monsoon in Burma

Posted by clairegui123 on 4/8/2015 at 23:00

Hello everyone, I am going to travel to Burma for 3 weeks starting on Friday. I have heard that the monsoon was heavy in the western and northern parts (Sagaing region, Chin state..) of the country but not sure about the rest. I am planing to follow the touristic plan Mandalay-Pakkoku-Kalaw-Inle Lake- Yangoun. How bad do you think it is over there ? Any recommendations or places to avoid ? Your help would be really appreciated ! Thanks in advance Claire ...

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Burmese itinerary

Posted by BestinDWorld on 4/8/2015 at 16:19

Myself and a friend will be traveling norther Burma from the 21st to the 29th of August. We are flying in and out of Mandalay and are planning on visiting Bagan and Inle Lake as well. Need some advice for some things to see and do. Help a brother out! ...

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Any recent Myawaddy-Mae Sot experiences?

Posted by blvdve on 9/7/2015 at 05:47

Husband and I are gearing up for a second attempt at exploring Myanmar (the first, at the start of 2015, thwarted by emergency surgery the day before planned departure), and I am pretty much sticking to my original planned itinerary except for two things - one of which is mode of travel between Yangon and Chiang Mai after visiting Burma. I would really like to travel overland, if possible, and I am reading conflicting stories concerning the Myawaddy>Mae Sot border crossing. A lot of the i ...

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Border Crossing to Tachilek - US$ 10 accepted, no need to pay 500 Bahts

Posted by kaythuaung1 on 19/6/2015 at 22:46

In the travelfish Tachilek pdf guide it stated that "500 baht for a temporary Burma entry pass. (Dollars no longer accepted.)" is NOT correct. As of the last week of April 2015, sorry can't remember the exact date, when I crossed over, US$ 10 bill was still accepted. Just don't ask them "how much ?". Just hand over your passport with a US$ 10 bill and they will take it. I am a long term foreign resident of Thailand and have been doing that every three months that I cross ove ...

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Nuangshwe to Yangon

Posted by Jean1596 on 6/6/2015 at 10:44

we've planned 4 days in yangon after Inle lake but rather than fly to yangon does anyone have any suggestions for an overland route? We could cut Yangon down to 2 days as we are not too bothered about being in a capital city for this long. for example is it possible to travel to Yangon via Loikaw? Thanks ...

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Myanmar itinerary - feedback needed and help much appreciated :D

Posted by ratapeluda on 26/5/2015 at 21:41

Dear Travelfish friends, Really excited to be planning a trip to Myanmar, where we've never been, for December. Been doing a tonne of research online, but feeling overwhelmed while attempting to build the ideal itinerary. Would really appreciate if you could share your thoughts on the one we are planning to tackle. Any ideas on routing, pace, suggestions and critiques are more than welcome, they are really appreciated. Dec 14, 2015 Monday YANGON Dec 15, 2015 Tuesday BAGAN Dec 16, 2015 Wednesd ...

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16 Days Myanmar itinerary in March - any tips or suggestions?

Posted by pisike08 on 24/1/2015 at 16:10

Hi, I've read lot's of posts in this forum and got many good ideas, but I would still like some comments on my first plan /idea for 16 Days in Myanmar in March. Since it will be my first time to visit this interesting country any comments, tips or guidance is more than welcome. I will fly from BGK to Mandalay on 6th of March and on 22nd morning I will depart from Yangon to BGK. My idea for trip is following: 6.03 (noon) arrive Mandalay, spend the day in the city, exploring around 7.0 ...

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