Isn't that the name of the country now? Why is VT using Burma?
Already purchased the flights and now preparing the itinerary, I know the country is changing fast so i have a couple of questions if you have been to Myanmar recently.
1. I am told that the money changers are not so fussy about brand sparkling new dollar notes any longer, and slightly used once are now accepted. Is this true? I would assume money changers deal with pounds and euros. And are ATMs are widely available in all towns and cities.
2. It looks as if there is a shortage of accommodation due to the influx of tourists and prices are high, but should i book accommodation a couple of months in advance, or is it still possible to turn up and find a room ? Did you have any problems with advanced bookings when you arrived at the accommodation.
3. We will be flying into Rangoon at 8.30 am . Would it be possible to purchase train tickets to Mandalay for that evening. OR bus tickets if train is full?
4. Looks like long distance buses travel during the night. I am hoping to get the best buses available so are they air-conditioned ? I am led to believe that it can get very cold on the roads at night. . Do we need jackets and sweaters?
5. We plan on staying at Pyin Oo Lwin and we would like to see the Goteik Viaduct. Rather than taking the train in both directions would there be a bus to or back from Nawngpeng on the far side of the viaduct. The train crosses the viaduct at lunchtime so the bus/pick-up/share taxi would have to be around that time.
6. I understand that trains, hotels, entrance fees and tours can be paid in Kyat now. What has to be paid in dollars?
ANY FEEDBACK WOULD BE APPRECIATED
We will be on a cruise. My husband and I want to go from Yangon to Bago one day, round trip . What is the quickest and least expensive way to do that? Thank you! Janice
i have read that it takes an hour to get from the ship to the city of rangoon. is that true? if we do not book a cruise excursion are there other day tours we might get from the dock? thank you! janice
May i know is it true if you have entered Yangon in the past two years you cannot enter Yangon the third time with a single tourist entry visa? A travel agent asked me to apply a business visa in order to enter Yangon the third and subsequent times. Otherwise show proof of employer letter allowing me to tour Yangon again. I do not want to go through the hassle again.
I' m planning my trip to Myanmar and I'm thinking to go from yangon to Bago and then Golden rock. Sleep on the top and then go to Inle lake. It's possible to do with buses or too difficult?
I don't understand if anyway I must to walk for reach the top or I can reach the hotel by car or pickup.
Hi guys, I am planning on arrival to Yangon, Myanmar on the 20th of August so in two weeks. Currently there is extremly extremly horrendus flooding and landslides - reports have been made on fatalities.
Chin and Rakhine states have been declared disaster zones, along with the Sagaing and Magway regions. Just wonderning if anyone is currently over there or know someone to contact about it? I plan to go to Bagan which is right next to Magway region and Mandalay is right next to Sagaing region.
Hi, has someone been to this village recently? Would appreciate some feedback.
Hi, I have planned those days for a transfer which normally takes about 8 hours by private car. I would like to see more of the countyside and not staying in Mandalay. Places like Sa Ley, Chauk, Magwe look interesting. Furthermore Hsale, close to Yenangyuang but no idea if still jeep and/or 4 wheel drive is needed. I think about staying mostly on the east side of the river unless.... Now my question
Any other interesting places to see or is 2.5 days much too long?
Have to say, that later on I have more time to spent in Bagan and around Mandalay!
Your suggestions are highly appreciated.
Thank you very much
- how to travel?
- how long will it take.?
1. Mandalay to Nyaung shwe. (Inle lake)
2. Nyaung shwe. (Inle lake) to Bagan
3. Bagan to Yangon
4. Mandalya to Bagan
Thank you in advance.
I would like to book a flight Yangon - Thandwe return for January 2016. Just wondering if anyone knows when these tickets will be available for booking online. Thanks.
Hi all, doing some research and checked some answers here but still havent got all the answers maybe you can help
looking at a 2 week trip starting in yangoon, ending in mandalay for the festival.
looked at other posts, simular question been asked about buses, and got referred to go-myanmar website as its comprehensive but it says stuff is reduced around festival. So I guess best thing would be to arrive before festival and stay in mandalay for the period. But the online bus website stops bookings from 10th, but the festival is like 13th, does anyone know if buses / transport actually runs 10th to 12th?
plan to fly out of mandalay on 17th.... will I be able to get a taxi to the airport?
if anyone interested in joining me let me know. 30 year old male travelling for 16 months, from uk.
Looking for some help!
I want to Scuba dive on the Myeik Archipelago, however my wife does not dive or like to travel by boat so a liveaboard trip is out of the question!
Is it possible to book day dives from Myeik ?
I have 10 days to travel Yangon,Mawlamyine, Dawei and Myeik, would rather not fly all suggestions will be gratefully accepted!
Assuming of course Day dives are possible!
I am travelling soon to SE Asia and would like to visit Burma / Myanamar as well.
My question is if it is possible to enter the country from Thailand as well, and not only by plane.
If so, where can I pass the border and what is the procedure? Also, in that case I need visa (if arriving by plane, I can get obtain one on the airport) issued before, do I need a invotation letter or similar.
Thanks a lot.
Looking for a shop that sells old metal ware specifically prayer bowls. These are the bowls Monks use to make a wonderful harmonic sound as you roll a wand around the edge of the bowl. A wonderful sound used to meditate. The ones made of bronze have the best tone. Any suggestions. Jimmy
In Myanmar right now and looking for an antiquities dealer or pawn shop in one of the larger cities. Looking for a shop off the beaten path used by locals and not a mall shop. My sister is trying to find a bowl for meditation. Anything come to mind? Thanks Jimmy
Where is Marble Street in Mandalay, Myanmar? I searched Google map but no result! I would like to visit this marble Buddha statues makers place when I travel to Yangon in Mar/2015!
We will be in Yangon on March 16th and wondered if the refurb of the Swedagon Pagoda will be completed by then?
Where to buy a marble Buddha statue (1m tall) in Yangon and have it shipped to USA? I will travel to Yangon Mar 8/2015 and looking to buy Buddha statues. Thanks.
This would be my first time to personally experience Burma/Myanmar. It will be in August 2015 and probably shared with friends (hopefully). I plan to spend 2 full days in each major city, from Yangon to Bato to Mandalay and the Old Bagan. What are the recommendable transport to take to cross these cities without sacrificing the fun tours? What could be the best things to do and see in each destination points? I would love to hear your endorsements.
I have 20 days landing in Yangon. Was thinking some time in Yangon, Bagan and Lake Inle. Any recommendations on where to stay, things I shouldn't miss? Other places I should stop? Thank you, I'm super excited!
Hi, I will be in Myanmar for 11 days.And read in some forums that it's difficult to withdraw cash with cards. I will try to book most of the places to stay online, beforehand, as much as possible. My planned itinerary is Yangon(2 nights) -> Bago(not sure yet) -> Inle Lake(1-2 night) -> Mandalay(2 nights) -> Bagan(3-4) -> Yangon(1 night) .
I would mainly like to know the following:
- Need to have an idea about how much money I need for food and commuting around the beforementioned places.
- How widely is credit cards accepted for hotel/guest_house payments?
I would like to know if I were to break my journey between Inle Lake and Mandalay, whcih town (with the most decent accommodation) should I pick for overnight stop?
Has anyone ever travlled by private car or taxi from Inle Lake to Bagan? I am interested in travelling this route, would like to know how long will it take. I Wonder if this is a shorter route compared to Inle Lake to Mandalay route? Is there a town with decent accommodation which I can do a overnight stop between Inle lake andBagan?
Would appreciate any feedback and suggestions.
I have come across many websites saying the busses are not driving during the water festival, and when i checked http://myanmarbusticket.com i saw that i couldn't book busses from the 10.04.2015-20.04.2015. This is kind of problematic since i'm staying in myanmar from the 04.10.2015-18.04.2015, and i need to travel from different cities.. Do any of you know if most of the busses are driving during the water festival, and if they do, do you know any websites where i can book the tickets cheap?
A second question is whether it is necessary to actually book the tickets from home, and just look at the local bus schedule when arriving in the different cities?
What is the most feasible route to reach Mandalay from Inle Lake area?
My planned itinerary is Yangon -> Inle Lake -> Mandalay -> Bagan -> Yangon
I will be traveling to Myanmar in three weeks time.
My 10 days travel itinerary is Yangon -> Inle Lake -> Mandalay -> Bagan -> Yangon.
Was wondering what's the best way to reach Inle Lake. If there is any direct train or bus available?
I have told one can get better rate for USD 100 bill notes, is that true? Where I can change money without problems? Is there any use for Euros as - I quess - one need small notes, too? Thanks for help!
Many travel forums stated the distance from Mandalay to Inle Lake is 320km, the driving time is around 7 to 9 hours. However, when I checked with the DistanceFrom.com and the DistanceCalculator.com, both sites stated that 262km is the distance, and 4 hr 9 min is the driving time. Has anyone ever done this route by car? Would appreciate any feed back.
Has anyone taken the Viking river cruise that starts in Mandalay? Any advice you can share about the cruise, including room preferences/problem, food, tours and anything else you can share.