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Can you recommend a mid range hotel in Rangoon and also Bagan .In Rangoon close to central area would be best .Between $50 and $80
Also is boat going from Mandalay to Bagan the end of July ?
In which order would you suggest to visit Rangoon .Bagan Mandaly and Inle Lake .
Also location of money change banks .
I am planning to fly in Myanmar this summer and try to buy a cheap scooter-/motorbike (Honda Dream 125cc) and to travel by my on wheels. I did this in a lot of different countries in SEA and it was great. I understand it will be much more of a hassle in Myanmar because of the corruption, bad roads and restricted areas. I hope to get some advice here if it is possible at all or i will be stopped after 10km of drive :)
-So would it be doable to buy a cheap second hand bike from a local?
-Would a be doable to travel on my own from city to city without all too much hassles?
I'm planning a trip to Myanmar this fall and am trying to figure out the best course of action to take in terms of getting around the country. Intended places to visit include Yangon, Ngapali Beach, Mrauk-U, Bagan and Mandalay. However, due to time constraints, I'll primarily have to relay on air travel between said destinations. Any advice on the order in which I should visit these places and the feasibility of flying from one place to another?
I am arriving in Hanoi this Sunday 29th and would like to know can I open an
account with a Vietnamese Bank,
I have an account in Thailand this took me 30mns to open after which I received an ATM card and pin code
Can the same be done in a Hanoi bank
We're going to Laos at the end of August and we're thinking about going from Luang Prabang to Thailand choosing one of the following 3 options:
1) Slow boat from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai (night in Pakbeng)
2) Boat from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw, bus to Luang Nam Tha, bus to Huay Xai
3) Slow boat from Luang Prabang to Tha Suang, bus to Hongsa, further travel to Muang Ngeun and Nan (Thailand)
Another option would be to go by flight from Luang Prababang to Chiang Mai, but we prefer to travel by land. Furthermore we're not particularly interested of Chiang Mai, but prefer to visit Lampang and Phrae (and Chiang Rai&surroundings if we choose option 1).
We don't have too much time to see Northern Laos and Northern Thailand (18 days) and besides there might be heavy rains and road problems, especially in Laos, so maybe we've to skip option 2, which probably is the m... more »
Next February 10th I'm planning on being in Hsipaw. I just checked and found out that will be Chinese New Year.
a. should this have a significant impact on anything?
b. is there anywhere in Myanmar which does celebrate and is worth reworking my itinerary to attend?
Will be moving to Phnom Penh for a few months soon, but need to head back to Chiang Mai for a week for a workshop. Was thinking I would rent or buy a bike in Phnom Penh....is it feasible to motorbike up to Chiang Mai in about three days? Would it be enjoyable/safe? And can I cross borders on my own on a bike? I won't be in Thailand for more than a week so the visa isn't an issue.
Just arrived Yangon this morning and thought I'd turn on my iPhone to use as a clock. Lo and behold, a message from my service provider back home appears with the message 'welcome to Telkomsel's Roaming service in our roaming partner's network'. Can't believe it. This is the first time since I started coming here in 2000, that my mobile phone can be used as a ... errrmm .. phone and not just a clock or MP3 player.
Slowly, but surely, Myanmar is starting to advance technologically.
BTW, the Myanmar service provider is MM 900.
I'm going to be in Myanmar from late May & into June. I've seen quite a few postings stating that US $ should be exchanged only in banks or licenced money-change counters...I last visited Myanmar in 2010, and at the time the only way to get a decent exchange rate from dollars to kyat was on the black market. At the time the rates varied between 950 to 1100 kyat to the dollar...The "official" exchange rate at the time was something like 6.5 kyat to the dollar, if you went to a bank... I only ever changed money at hotels where I stayed (The Ocean Pearl in Yangon being one), where I was also able to change my unused kyat back into dollars before leaving for Thailand...So, after this preamble, a few questions...
1) Is it still possible to change money in hotels?
2) If so, how do the rates compare with those at banks & official money changers?
3) Is there much choice of "offi... more »
I'm looking for a warm, light, waterproof jacket for future trips. I see that Patagonia's jackets are made in Vietnam. Has anyone seen these type of jackets for sale anywhere there?
I'm headed in from Bangkok in Mid-May and have varied questions so I hope I don't dilute the reponses by posting them all here:
1. Is the LP Myanmar book on back-order? I ordered it form Amazon 3 weeks ago and it still hasn't shipped yet! What is everyone using and can I get something in Bangkok?
2. What's the type, price and availability of booze in the various parts of Myanmar?
3. Is it possible and feasible to rent a bike to explore Bagan and/or Inle Lake?
4. I plan to visa-up in Bangkok, can I get it anywhere in BKK other than what I heard were recent long lines/queues at the Burmese Embassy?
5. I have a flight OUT of Rangoon in mid-June and was wondering if I could/should book a flight from BKK (in BKK) to Mandalay OR just fly into Rangoon and go from there. Anyway, I basically want to hit Bagan, Inle Lake and anything else that I'm talked into along the... more »
I remember back about 25 years ago when Vietnam first opened up widely for tourism. On numerous occassions I would hand a US bill to a vendor, only to have it handed back, due to some perceived problem with the bill. I found it frustrating, but would shrug and take the bill back and search for a "better" one.
Then one day I was in a foul mood due to a string of hassles I had gone through that day. The concrete tomb of a hotel I was staying at (no glut of gueshouses available back then) cost the extortionist rate of $25/night, and I handed the receptionist a $20 and a $5 dollar bill. As per usual, she handed back the $20 and said it was no good. I had had enough of that nonsense and flatly refused to exchange it. I explained that it was the only bill I had, and that it was legal tender. She could take it or leave it, but she wasn't getting a different bill. Surprise surprise, she to... more »
We are planning (my gf and me, late 20s) our first trip to South East Asia for 2 weeks. We want to do sighteeing but also enjoy a couple of days or 3 in the beach. We plan to go late September/Early October.
Our question is, where would you go first, Vietnam or Cambodia? I know people will say "it depends", "it is different" etc, but, from those who have been to both countries, as your first time in SEA for 2 weeks, which one would it be?
I am hoping to come to Vietnam this summer, I have been getting different information about the flights I am trying to book. I am looking at flights through an internet site....the problem is the flights are Dub-London-Bankok-hanoi and the same back again. My friends insist that if I book these flights as one ticket that my bags will go straight through.....but when I rang the internet site people they said that they wouldnt !!! The connection times are not that long (especially in Bangkok)....has anyone advice or has anyone been in a similar situation....Thanks !!
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