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It looks like I will be seeing Myanmar the beginning of December. I am pretty excited. Unfortunately, due to work and family commitments, I will just be able to be in the county for about 14-15 days. But, I want to make the most of it. The main purpose of this trip for me is photography. Of course, I want to see culture, temples, and something different from suburban USA, but photography is the focus of my trip.

I am thinking a trek might be nice. But, I never been on one before, despite…

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While traveling in August, I twice required medical assistance which I chose to delay until reaching the nearest large city: Mandalay. At the recommendation of the US embassy medical officer, I went to City Hospital to get treatment for an eye infection. Even though it was a Saturday evening, I was seen quickly by an eye doctor who, after a routine check, prescribed antibiotic drops. After ten days of use, the condition was completely gone. Cost for doctor visit and two types of medication was…

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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…