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Hi there,

Just read this in an article by one of LP's writers:
"It is essential to book ahead [for hotel accommodation] during high season (November to March)."

I will be going there in November for some three weeks. Is it wise to book all accommodation ahead of my trip, or will it be okay to arrange for accommodation during my time there?

Thanks!

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This may or may not be helpful, but I saw this map depicting the damage of the highlights in Bagan.

http://www.mediafire.com/download/7szfno3fhr14hoq/Accessibility+Map+of+Monuments+in+Bagan.pdf

Hopefully the most important points of interest are in the green, not red.

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Hi there,

I will be travelling to Myanmar this year and I wonder whether the availability of ATMs has increased over the past few months.

The second question I have is whether it is now also possible to easily exchange euros instead of dollars.

Thanks!

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I was in Mandalay nine years ago, and happened upon one of the street parties known as a Pwe one evening. We were heading somewhere and did not stop to experience it. This November I will be returning to Mandalay, and would like to maximize my chances to experience a Pwe. Does anybody know if Pwe usually happen on weekends? If so, I may extend my stay in Mandalay by a night.

Thanks!

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Hi,
We are traveling from Hpa An to Mawlamyine to Dawai in October and am wondering if anyone has up to date information on buses or the train south. We would prefer to travel by train but have heard that the train south from Mawlamyine is being cancelled from August. Can anyone confirm this or offer recent advice/ experience? Would also welcome taxi recommendations or costs
Thanks

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Hi there fellow travellers,

is there anyone who was in Bagan just some days before the earthquake hit the area and can tell me whether some major temples ( Shwezigon Paya, Ananada Patho and possibly others ) were already under renovation? And if yes, for how long yet?

Thanks for any update also regarding the current situation post quake
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I am arriving mid-day at Rangoon airport on November 22nd from BKK and I am wandering what the National Holiday celebrations are like. I am days away from making some hotel reservation. I have basically 3 options: 1) staying a couple of days in RGN on arrival; 2) heading right away for Bagan by plane (if I can catch one while at the airport) or by nightbus; 3) heading to Hpa An by nightbus.

What the atmosphere on National holiday Day in the 3 locations I am considering? Maybe the mood will be…

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Hello,

Am off to Myanmar for first time (8 to 21 Nov, flying in/out of Bangkok.) Piecing together a very rough itinerary before firming up accommodation, flights, etc.

General sense is to enjoy more of the small villages, outdoorsy exploring, rather than spend more time in the bigger cities, but obviously up for first visit highlights.

Thinking buses generally for getting regions, although domestic flights for long distance travel, for example, between Inle Lake and Yangon perhaps.

Planning…

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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.

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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.