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I'll depart for Myanmar in a few days, and I was wondering whether somebody has up to date info about crossing overland in Myanmar. Lots of internet sites say it's possible, but according to other travellers(none of whom has actually been there though)it's not possible and I have to fly in-out.
If anybody knew it would be a great help
thanks anyway :)
I am thinking of travelling to Myanmar for 10 days in Mid/late october. Can you recommend if this is a good idea in terms of heavy rain and if it is worth or not in that period?
I'm trying to visit all 5 of these spots, but I'm having trouble figuring out the order. Ideally, I'd like to do Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Hsipaw-Inle-Yangon, but it appears to be difficult/impossible to get between Hsipaw and Inle (with the exception of a couple airlines who might do the route- it seems overland travel isn't an option). Is there a way to get between these two?
If not, then it seems like the best options are:
1) Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Hsipaw-Mandalay-Inle-Yangon, but this involves coming back to Mandalay a second time, which on a map doesn't really make sense...
2) Yangon- fly to Lashio for Hsipaw- Mandalay- Inle- Bagan- Yangon
etc etc- there are many variations on this route
Does anyone have advice on the best way to get between these locations? Im okay with taking one domestic flight at some point. It seems that Air Bagan has flights out of Lashio that might be ... more »
Looking on Yangon Airways website... it gives fares for Yangon to Kyauk Phyu but there are no flights listed on the flight schedule page!
Please does anyone know if Yangon Airways is currently flying this route?
It looks like Air Bagan flies on Weds and Saturday from Yangon to Kyauk Phyu but these days do not really work with my limited time in Myanmar.
Do any other airlines also fly Yangon to Kyauk Phyu please?
Thanks in advance,
Does anyone know how to pay for an Air Bagan flight? I've booked one via their website, they've sent me an email confirmation of my booking : but I can't see anyway of sending them my money. And they're not replying to my emails.
Is it possible to stop off in Burma for let say 3 weeks then carry on to Thailand ? Are these tickets common ? is this possible ? Any one done this ? Appreciate some advice would love to Check out Burma.
First trip to Myanmar, leaving in a few days, this is the itinerary Ive come up with - 17 full days.
24th: Arrive Yangon 17:10
26th: Train (6:30am) Kinpun, - Golden Rock
27th: Bus Yangon via Bago, overnight bus Mandalay
29th: Around Mandalay (Saigang, Mingun,Inwa)
30th: Bus Hsipaw (AM)
31st: Hill-tribe Trek
1st: Bus Mandalay (AM/PM), overnight train Mandalay - Nyang U
5th: Day bus - Inle
9th: Inle, overnight bus Yangon
11th: Depart Yangon
I just noticed the in the LP that there is a $10 fee covering all the sights in Bago, this cant possibly be worth it, has anyone managed to avoid paying this? If not i will probably skip Bago.
I want to do day trip to Shwe Oo Min Caves at Pindaya, this seems difficult if not impossible using public transport. Can i organ... more »
Info I have learned in Myanmar.
The exchange rate is the same in Mandalay and Yangoon at 813Kyat/ 1US currently (Banks), on April 1st they will float and start at 800 Kyat but will likely be managed around 820.
I took the 930pm night bus from Yangon to Mandalay, it was exactly 8.5 hours including the stop in that bizzare truck stop with the "good" resturants. Also the bus was not full so I had two seats plus an asile chair to spread out and sleep.
Many travellers are not comming with clean dollars bills to Myanmar, in Yangon I witnessed two groups of about four americans that had at least 1000USD that were no good (they seemed shocked by this rule). The bank finally accepted one 100$ bill but it seemed more out of pity.
There is a lot of room in the hotels right now so shop around. Though many are still charging what seems to be peak prices.
If your a cheap budget ... more »
Can anyone recommend mode/route of travel, Bagan to Mruak - U,
Could anybody give me an indication of how much I will be/should be charged for a day trip to Bago. I will be using a taxi, on my last visit I met a taxi driver who was a nice chap and he took me to the Taukkyan War Cemetry. I have his email address and I have been in contact with him and he is wanting to charge me about 75 dollars for the day return to Bago. Does this sound reasonable? I am happy to pay if this is the going rate. Any information anybody?
Also I will be arriving around May 5th this year. Most weather blogs/reports state that the temperatures can be quite unbearable.....has anybody had experience of Yangon in early May and could give me a first account of how pleasant/uncomfortable the weather is?
I don't know if someone already talked about this or not.
I heard that Myanmar E visa is going to start on April.
Visa will valid for 30 days, tourist visa, for who will stay in hotels during travel.
You can get more information at this site but it's still under construction.
In that site, they say :
"With the introduction of e-visa, foreign nationals who wish to travel to Myanmar no longer have to spend extra time and money for the visa application process. All the applicant has to do is to get online and submit the visa application in a few simple steps via user-friendly website."
I wish everything goes well.
(1) has anyone got experience doing the trek in April? it's the end of dry season and I worry that the tea plantations and vegetation in general might be not as nice as in Jan or February.
(2) Can we do the trek in 2 days, with 1 night accommodation only? I read somewhere that day 3 is just taking the boat back to Nyaung Shwe? What do we lose if we decide to go for the 2 days/1night option versus 3 days/2nights?
i am planning on flying to mandalay from yangoon in july and then the boat to bagan. as i have read until now, there is no express boat during the monsoon season. is that true?
does the slow boat run every day?
I'll be heading to Myanmar at the end of this month for a 3 week trip and wanted some feedback on my itinerary...
I'll be there over Thingyan festival so I have been trying to decide the best route in order to minimise travel on the main festival dates.
The advice from pretty much everyone is BOOK AHEAD during Thingyan as everything gets completely booked up (hence me planning an itinerary so far in advance) but I wanted to know, is it possible to book bus tickets for routes like Bagan - Yangon, or Mandalay - Yangon before I get to the departure cities? For example, can we go to a travel agent in Yangon when we arrive, and get them to book all our main bus journeys that we will take over the festival period? And do the AC buses between the main cities even go during the festival??
30th april - arrive in Yangon 8.30am
31st - overnight bus to Kalaw
1st March - ... more »
anyone knows if there are some acomodation at the top of the golden rock? i was ther 15 years ago and i remember there were some guest houses but very basic only for local people.
is it posible to make a reservation if there are some hotel?
that's just in case i can't return to yangon in the same day.
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