Last Minute (Alas)
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Nov 1, 2012 10:19 PM Last Post By: hboardman
Oct 31, 2012 11:06 PM
Last Minute (Alas)Hi all,
Wanted to ask your advice. I was dealing with a travel agent who had very good reviews on here. I contacted them in late September for help booking internal flights and hotels. At first he was great and quick to respond, but lately haven't heard much from him. I know that things are crazy there with flights and hotels fully booked and whatnot, so I allowed some time to sort things out. But now I'm supposed to arrive in 10 days and don't have anything solid from the agent.
Add to this the complication that work is super busy and I'm in NYC, which is still reeling from this storm and planning stuff independently over the next week before my departure is going to be difficult at best, if not impossible. (For example, I'm writing on my phone right now since Internet is out -- though I'm lucky to have power at home.)
We've got visas, a flight into Yangon and out of Mandalay and a reservation at Traders for the first two nights in Yangon. I'm wondering... Planning to be there for 8 days total. Should we just go and hope to sort out the rest of the hotels and internal transport when we get there (if we don't hear more from the agent) ? Or is it going to be too difficult and should we just go somewhere else? We're not on a shoestring budget, but don't have buckets of money to spend either. Had been hoping to do Bagan and Inle in addition to Yangon and Mandalay. But we're flexible.
Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Nov 1, 2012 12:07 AM
1firstly our hearts go out to those who are suffering untold losses in NY, something inconceivable a few years ago Luke21:24-26 stay safe so you might find your agent will meet you at airport so no need to confirm with you alternatively if dumped then
Traders is an expensive hotel so doubt if overbooked but hey central is around corner and many more, just go MTT behind sule Pagoda when you arrive. more important is you must have $'s US cash crisp and clean so ypou will need many $'s no ATM's and credit crads will costa lot. muchos pesos. also do you have your visa you will need a visa in advance and get that in Bangkok same day getr early before 8am see fuirther threads on this and Money in Myanmar. also if netreing in 10 days time ensure you are in Inle for Balloon festival between 22nd Nov and 28th Nov a real must
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sorry missed th 8 days in total so stick 1 night in Yangon onto Inle then mandalay to fly back to Bangkok
Nov 1, 2012 12:53 AM
2Got visa? got crisp Bills? got flight to yangon? Good! if you haven't heard back...just wing it! check at airport to see for free hotel rides...tell them you got reservations and if full wander on to next pad. I'm sure the Everest (last resort...hhaha!) will have a vacant room. Once there just wander aimlessly in dwntwn Rangoon , Great! but head to bus agents across street from train station and book your tickets yourself ( this is all in case your agt. flakes on you....) to whatever your next destination is..Bagan...plenty of rooms, you'll find something..try Eden in Nyaung U.
mandalay could be tighter try calling from your previous place to diffrnt GH's...Inle (taungyiiballoon fest)... a must...BUT if you don't have ahead bookings...forget it! try firstname.lastname@example.org...flights?? at this point, they may all be booked up but try travel agents on Bogyoke street..NOT airlines...anyway
New York..I feel for ya! you'll get thru it... hey Happy travels, you won't regret it.
Night buses are the best way to travel in my opinion....great way to meet locals, comfy (cold!), affordable, and you save on accomodations for the night....Off the beaten path? try Meiktila , Monywa(?) , Katha, Shwebo...Good Travels!
Nov 1, 2012 2:37 AM
3Rangoon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle all great unique destinations. Things tend to fall into place once you arrive in Myanmar. Don't worry.
Nov 1, 2012 2:58 AM
4If you can't get your agent to call you back, try skyping him to get a straight answer if you have bookings or not. My agent who normally was very responsive, didn't reply for a period and I called him on his mobile. He told me he had been very busy and had other issues but was responsive again after that.
There's a time difference to think about but you can work it out..or email him and tell him you will be calling. If he doesn't take your call or whatever then you can decide if you want to start from scratch or try booking hotels yourself on the internet. Almost all the hotels I stayed at in October said they were fully booked from November through January.
Nov 1, 2012 4:36 AM
5Yes go, as staying 2 nights in Yangon, I would skip Mandalay and just hit Bagan and Inle. CAn you cancel 1 night in Yangon? I would look online at Agoda for rooms in other places and book online. Try to get flights when you get there, if not take the bus. Just checked Bagan and Inle for mid Nov and there are a few rooms left if you don't mind paying $130-$175 a night?
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