We are planning to travel by (rented) car from Bagan to Mrauk-U in a few weeks. Has anybody done this before and can give some tips on time required, pricing, where to best stay overnight and possibly where to book.
Currently we have offers comparable to the price of the flight to Sittwe via Yangon for 2 people and duration is anywhere between 15 and 20 hours.
Also happy to share if anybody wants to join, departing around 22nd or 23rd September.
From online research and the last 2 editions of the Myanmar LP guides I take it that there are no fast boats from Swegu to Bhamo, only from the opposite direction. Can anyone who has been there within the last 12 months or so confirm this?
If it is possible, how long does it take? I would assume it is longer than the 2.5 to 3 hours going from Bhamo to Shwegu stated in the guides since it would be going upstream.
Read about this elsewhere on the internet (https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294190-i9408-k6500795-U_Aung_Hein_Kyaw_English_class-Myanmar.html) so thought it would be ok, but we actually found out that it is a little exploitative of English speakers. We found out from the students in the class that it is actually private speaking tuition, despite the fact that we were doing it for free. I would have been fine helping with English had someone not been making a profit out of it.
My wife and I are planning to spend 2 weeks in Burma in second part of November.
We do not enough time to do everything what we would like , we are not under illusion that we can even scratch the surface of Burma.
We came up with this:
Bagan- 3 days
2days for travel.
However i have second thoughts about Inle. I
m afraid that it is too touristy although Ive read that it is possible to get away from crowds hiking and riding bicycle or going to Sampar.
So I was…
We went to Myanmar for 3 weks but a week into the trip as our $US dwindled and we started to try ATMs we got "transaction cancelled" when we got to the step where the cash should appear. We tried the card inside banks with the staff but they said the card was for ATMs only and should work. We tried to buy internal airfares at travel agencies but the card came up "do not honour". We called the VISA emergency number and applied for emergency funds. A day later we called them back and they said…
Beside all classic temples of Bagan, we would like to visit some with less tourists, where for example you need headlamps to visit or see paintings
So any name of temples, and indications on how to find them would be great.
Thanks in advance
I've heard conflicting accounts about ATMs versus bringing cash to Myanmar. Are there ATMs that except US credit cards outside of Yangon and Mandalay?
If not, I'm sure I will need to bring US currency. I have heard that they do not accept hundred dollar bills with the blue line through it. Is this still the case? This was Intel that was two years old.
Thanks for your help!
I'm off to Myanmar for a month in November and have some questions about accommodation. The guide books I've got (including LP) are a couple of years old and I'm a bit worried that the pace of change in the country has made some of the advice out of date. Does the demand for hotels and guesthouses in Myanmar still outstrip the supply? I've booked a hotel in Yangon for the first few nights but was hoping to book all my other accommodation when I'm in the country, probably two or three…
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"Announcement - Upcoming Land Border Checkpoints Opening!
Dear valued visitors,
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:
The application process and policies remain the same, and is applicable to both tourist and business eVisa types. We hope these additional enhancements will offer our valued guests even more…