Have prices gone through the roof?
Replies: 16 - Last Post: Oct 9, 2013 11:17 PM Last Post By: head_start
Sep 17, 2013 8:38 AM
Have prices gone through the roof?This might seem like an awful question but...
Last time I went to Myanmar/Burma as a traveler was in 2010. Went back in 2012 but for work. Back in 2010 everything was still unbelievably cheap. But I heard that now accomodation especially has gotten really expensive.
I am thinking about flying into Mandalay and traveling to the ancient cities around there, preferably by renting a motorbike. and maybe a day or two in Pyin U Lwin. Only have one week (sadly).
Another option is going to China. Can't decide which country to go to! Any thoughts? Your first hand knowledge of prices would be helpful.
Sep 17, 2013 8:55 AM
1Yes gone mad, last trip at end of 2010, GHs at Inle were around $10 for double now I see they want around $40. Not going at moment looks like India next.
If you only going for a week its doable, take a few night buses, you may want to go further to Hsipaw or Kyaukme than just P U L. Depend s where in China you go, some parts are not cheap and cold in winter.
Sep 17, 2013 9:14 AM
Sep 17, 2013 9:18 AM
3HK is expensive but Yangshou should OK, I went in October and it was fine. Im sure you can rooms in Myanmar for around $10-$20. Think the problem is some are getting booked out by tour groups.
Sep 17, 2013 9:19 AM
4I loved Yunnan and agree this year feb- march was my most expensive ever $535 for 3 weeks GH prices were up from $4 -$40 some places, 1 week is maybe Minwya bagan Inle Kalow
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Sep 17, 2013 9:26 AM
Sep 17, 2013 9:26 AM
7Montyman, is that possible tp do all that in China? I have only one week Friday night arrival to Sunday departure... in and out of Hong Kong. For $535 I assume you mean for Myanmar?
Herbie, do you think the lower end places might be less likely to get booked out? I mean I would guess that tour groups would tend to get the (slightly) better ones. Those people are more finicky.
From HK would probably cross over immediately to Shenzhen. The leave the next day for onward destination.
Sep 17, 2013 10:42 AM
Sep 17, 2013 12:18 PM
9I have been 5 times in China (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010) and in my opinion you can go around with 30 U$ (with accomodation, food on the road, local transport and entrance fees) if you speak more than 3 words in Chinese and dont visit "Western pubs" etc.. Otherwise you could have to pay around 50-60 U$/day.
Chinese border region to Myanmar is very cheap - you can exist with 10-15 U$.
But HK, Shanghai and Beijing are very expensive. Especialy accomodation.
Sep 17, 2013 2:50 PM
Sep 17, 2013 4:52 PM
11I just got back from Burma 4 days ago. I spent 25 days there and it cost about $800. (plus flights there and back) I did not pre book anything . Most hotels I had single room with bathroom for $15. Everything else is soooo cheap. I will try to put a post up here today with as many prices as pos.
I have a blog at www.travelpod.com/members/dzasta hope it helps.
I think China was farely similar in price. Part of the problem is the people who have been before know how much things have gone up and what they were. They were very very cheap and now they are way more but IMO still cheap.
I remember Nepal when you could get a room for 3 rupees now 300 but still cheap
Sep 18, 2013 12:19 AM
12If you are flying in and out of HK check out chunking mansions from airport 23 bus and drops right outside , take bus to Guangzhou stay riverview YHA and take ferry to Island (old town) and also along river then overnight bus to Yangshou Longshen Guillin and back to HK
clcik here for guandong ideas
when was Katmandu 3 rupees lol
Sep 18, 2013 12:49 AM
Sep 18, 2013 6:20 AM
14Do room prices go up in high season? I was hoping to visit Myanmar for a month mid Jan to mid Feb, but my budget (for a double room) would be only $25-30 max - less, wherever possible.
Should I go elsewhere this year and wait until they've built more guesthouses to cope with the demand?
(4 star Hotel)
From US$155.60 per night
(0 star Hotel)
From US$22.12 per night
(5 star Hotel)
From US$212.66 per night