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Travelfish on Burma (Myanmar)

Posted by somtam2000 on 17/10/2008 at 09:24

I've just added a new section on the messageboard for discussion of Burma (Myanmar). This isn't to say we're planning on adding coverage of Burma to Travelfish, as we're not, but given there's the occasional post about it, it makes sense to have them all in one place for the benefit of all. If there are any Burma experts out there who'd be interested in putting together some kind of a Frequently Asked Questions thing on Burma to post here in the messageboard, please drop me a line at stuartmc ...

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Burma travel FAQ

Posted by somtam2000 on 9/1/2013 at 21:10

This is a (very much work in progress!) collection of links to useful threads in the Burma section of the forum along with other parts of the site. We'll update it as more interesting or useful stuff appears. Currently there is no destination guide for Burma on Travelfish. If you know of another interesting resource worth adding, please mention it in the comments. Burma or Myanmar? Here at Travelfish we use Burma rather than Myanmar as does Aung San Suu Kyi, but there are many takes on it. Here ...

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The Travelfish long read for December 2020 is out: Mandalay, Burma

Posted by somtam2000 on 2/12/2020 at 05:20

Early each morning Yin Yin Lwin walks the short distance from her Mandalay home to the moat surrounding the walls of the city’s Royal Palace, the grand structure that was built in the middle of the 19th century, and which remains the dominant edifice in Myanmar’s second biggest city. After arriving at the palace’s eastern wall, Lwin usually walks north, in the direction of Mandalay Hill, then onwards to the northwest corner of the palace, before returning home. This morning ritual usua ...

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Starlight Guesthouse in Ye is now closed.

Posted by YeMeansWater on 24/4/2019 at 13:07

The Starlight Guesthouse in Ye, Mon State, took their final bookings on 23 April, 2019. Starlight is now closed, permanently. ...

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Drinking water

Posted by FFfietsen on 31/8/2019 at 15:37

Hi, last year i travelled Myanmar for 14 days. I did a foodtour in Yangon and our guide explained that authorities provide clean drinkingwater throughout the country. Often found on large containers, allthough sometimes in claypots. Next februar we will return to Myanmar by bicycle. My question. Is this provided water save to drink. Don't mind paying to buy water, but don't want to buy plastic bottles if i can avoid. ...

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16 Days in Burma. Mandalay: Yes or No?

Posted by Jamesgos on 10/2/2015 at 23:37

I'll be spending 16 days traveling to Burma. Would like to visit Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake and Ngapali Beach (I'd say 14 days or so in total). With that in mind, should I also go to or skip Mandalay? ...

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Visa Run at Mae Sot/Myawaddy

Posted by gatoguts on 9/5/2019 at 00:54

Is it possible to do a visa run from Mae Sot in Thailand to Myawaddy in Burma for 100 baht, 500 baht, like you can in Mae Sai/Tachileik? If anyone has done this, what is the cost, how long can you stay in Burma, and where can you go? Since it's a visa run, I also assume you can keep your passport. ...

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On Burma

Posted by somtam2000 on 4/9/2018 at 20:47

From this week’s newsletter: Well, it has been a thoroughly depressing week on the news front in Southeast Asia, but I want to zoom in on the sentencing of the two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to seven years in prison for this story. The trial has been widely reported as a farce and while people hoped the journalists would be freed, Burma has yet again opted to do the wrong thing. When Burma experienced its democratic gains five years ago there was considerable optimism about ...

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Burma guide update?

Posted by Herbie47 on 5/2/2019 at 14:28

I have recommended your guide to various travellers on another forum, however it has been pointed out to me that some of the information regarding visas and rates of exchange is incorrect or well out of date. Will you be doing an update soon? ...

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Evisa photo problems

Posted by Julesy on 30/8/2018 at 07:17

Hello all, just trying to get my eVisa for Myanmar and having problems uploading the photo. I've tried 2 different laptops and 2 different photos, all saved in jpeg. any tips? Flying into BKK for a few days before heading to to the border- how quick can a visa be sorted out in BKK? Thanks in advance ...

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Should tourists still visit Burma?

Posted by somtam2000 on 19/11/2017 at 19:59

An ABC piece by a journalist based in Burma asks the question “Given recent violence towards the country's Rohingya minority, should tourists still visit?” Kayleigh Long’s answer is “yes always yes, but with a few caveats” and the full story is worth a read. Towards the end of the story Long writes “The general view in the tourism industry seems to be that ordinary people whose livelihoods depend on visitors are being affected by a faraway conflict which they can do little about. ...

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A visa extension

Posted by Barbaragreece on 16/2/2018 at 23:03

Last year we paid roughly $3/day to extend our visa for Burma. I’ve just heart it’s $15/day. Is this accurate? Are there any alternatives to paying upon departure? ...

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Myanmar or Sri Lanka?

Posted by valentinaforno on 26/12/2017 at 14:52

Hello travelers, sorry for a question that includes a country that is not listed on Travelfish, but I've figured someone here must have been to both and can give me some advices! I have 2 and a half weeks off in February and I'm trying to decide where to go. I've been to Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand and was considering Myanmar, Sri Lanka and also Nepal as a destination. I'm having a really tough time to decide. I'm interested in culture and beautiful landscapes. Anyone that has been to both ca ...

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TravelSmith Adventure Tours in Myanmar - AVOID

Posted by Herbie47 on 21/10/2017 at 06:23

Warning the above tour company has scammed various people out of their money, the last group of 16, only got a lift to the first Hotel in Yangon, all the Hotels bookings and balloon rides that they had paid for they did not receive. There are various posts about this company on Tripadvisor on the Myanmar forum. ...

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Launching Myanmar Train Ticket Online booking Website

Posted by seankp on 1/10/2017 at 23:50

Green Myanmar Travel launched Myanmar Train Ticket for tourist to buy easily for Myanmar train/railways ticket nationwide with Visa/Master card. Hopefully , this will help a lot tourist in buying train ticket easily since buying train ticket in myanmar is not easy as you think but still amazing for Yangon ~ Bagan ~ Golden rock. This website provides 2 ways of delivering ticketing with Delivering to Hotels or Pick up from Green Myanmar Office. Since this is very beginning of launching web ...

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Mawlamyine to Myeik via Ye and Dawei by bus?

Posted by petrabakker on 29/7/2017 at 03:45

Hi, we are planning to do the 'Travelfish suggested'2 weeks in south burma itinery, as mentioned on: https://www.travelfish.org/trip_planner/2-weeks-southern-burma. We planned to travel southbound by bus, but reading the details on the travelfish writer's experience it looks very hard to get busses out of Ye and Dawei to travel further south to Myeik . The piece was written early 2016, so things may have changed, does anyone have more info on the possibilities here? Also I wondered if th ...

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Mandalay to Luang Prabang

Posted by jojowilliams on 10/9/2017 at 17:37

I am planning a visit to Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia for January, traveling a lot by train and not covering the same route twice. And I'd like to avoid Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur if possible, but it might be necessary to fly through one or both. All things considered I think I'd like to fly to Mandalay from Singapore, then overland to Yangon and fly from there to Luang Prabang , then overland to Vientane and elsewhere, or fly from Singapore to Vientane, overland to Mandal ...

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Peaceful, scenic place in Myanmar?

Posted by JiiveeR on 22/5/2017 at 14:00

Hi! I've been scrolling through the internet and started to wonder, if anyone could recommend a nice, peaceful place in Myanmar to spend a few days or so. What I had in mind was something like Nong Khiaw in Laos, a nice balance of infrastructure, beautiful scenery and good food. I'll be traveling in Myanmar later this year, it'll be my second time, first being 7 years ago. Last time I skipped Inle Lake and had that in mind, but I would love to hear if anyone has any other places they would like ...

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10 days in Burma, from 20 August to 1 sept. Any Tips?

Posted by MarcoPala on 13/8/2017 at 11:53

Hi, i'm planning a trip to Myanmar (Burma) from 20 August to 1st Sept (11 days) I've already read that for weather - related contingency is better to move from Yangon to the north. I want to visit Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake and Kalaw (obviously Yangon is included). Did i miss something? Any wheater related tip? Is Booking trustworty to reserve hotel and b&b, or is better to do it in persone, onec arrived in town? A 400 euros budget just for tour and souvenire and 1 meal(a day) ar ...

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Myanmar tour companies

Posted by baza on 11/8/2017 at 03:25

Hi I am wondering if anyone has experience of the following Myanmar tour companies in terms of their reliability and trustworthiness: Myanmar Damsel; Santa Maria; Myanmar Delight and One Stop Travel? Thanks ...

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