I plan a solo, almost backpacking, 3 week trip, next month, around central – northeast Myanmar, trying to minimize or even better :) exclude the travel agents (maybe not possible - nor wise!).
My initial idea is to do a loop Bagan –Mandalay – Hsipaw – Inle lake and back to Yangon, by public transport, a bit of boat rides where it is interesting, some easy trekking to experience nature and local villages, while keeping budget costs low as possible, maybe 30-50 $/day?
Could you please suggest a rough idea about where is it possible and effective cost/travel-wise, to do everything independently, and where it worth to use agents?
I am in my 50s, still enjoying backpacking independent travel, as I’ve always been doing, and yet trying to cope with the difficulties that may occur. Luxuries are not my priority at all, but I’d enjoy some ease here and there, if it is cost / time / and travel-quality worthwhile. I hope, by this, I managed to communicate my complicated thought, well to you :) .
I already started studying a couple of guidebooks, but it would hugely help to get a first guidance from you guys, so I focus my search and planning of the rest of the many details for this itinerary, to the right direction.
Thank you in advance!
Do you know if there are tours leaving from Bagan or Mandalay which include a visit to Kayan villages? As far as I could understand there are excursions but from Inle lake.
Does anyone have any personal recommendations for a local tour guide and/or driver in Mandalay. I will be there for one and a half days, possibly a further morning and would like to arrange something so as to get the best out of my limited time.
Im going to travel next month in Thailand - Myanmar - Laos. Can you pls help me plan my itinerary.
Oct 4 Mnl-Bkk (Air)
Oct 6 Bkk-Rgn (Air)
Oct 13 Rgn-Bkk (Air)
Free day - land travel to Laos for 7 days or so the. Back to Bkk before oct 25
Oct 25 Bkk-Mnl (Air)
I want to know what, how, where to go around each places. Any suggestions is much appreciated.
Anyone have info on the fast ferry to Mandalay?
Please could anyone give advice on day time bus ticket from Bagan to Yangon. I got information that it is only Shwe Mandalar normal bus which costs you 19.99 dollars by advance booking. Will it be cheaper if I buy the ticket through a hotel in Myanmar (that I understand sells bus tickets as well)? I will first visit Mandalay for 2 nights, and then Bagan for another two nights, and finally Yangon for 4 nights. I will buy the ticket through my hotel in Mandalay for the Bagan-Yangon part if possible. Thank you.
Does anyone have the timetable & route for the new tramway in Yangon?
OK got my basic route now and fine tuning.
So my question is - the best route from Bagan to Inle Lake.
my thoughts were catch bus to ? overnight - then to Kalaw for two nights giving me a whole day to explore Kalaw. Train to Schwenyaung, and down to Inle Lake. Considered treking but heard the train ride was pretty impressive.
Traveling late August into September.
Look forward to hearing your suggestions.
OK got my basic route now and fine tuning.
So my question is - the best way (most interesting and varied) route from Yangon to Bagan.
I have allowed for a one night stop over to avoid a long hall on a bus. Possibly Nay Pyi Taw. And could possibly extend to two nights if there was a worthwhile detour to get to Bagan.
I am traveling in late August - is the weather likely to cause delays on the route or is it ok to book accommodation now as apposed to along the way.
Look forward to hearing your suggestions.
Hi I am going to Myanmar in a couple of months. I hear it's changing rapidly. Does anybody know of the most up to date guide book I can buy please?
Off to Myanmar in Late August, September. Low season. 2 people.
After flicking through several guide books the prices of things seem to go up daily.
Have been to Vietnam where I went on a 3 day tour for $50p/p to see same itinerary in travel magazine back home for $400 p/p
My question is
1. Is Myanmar really expensive or am I economically better off to book at hotel receptions as I go?
2. Any recommendation for value for money tours. I don't mind paying if it is not to be missed.
3. Is it realistic to book hotels etc as I go or should I look at pre booking from home?
I have traveled independently throughout Vietnam on three occasions and Malaysia many times.
I am not on a tight budget but would hate to arrive there to find I had feathered some corporate office in a totally irrelevant country. Would rather shop local so to speak. And make my & go further.
Really looking forward to your feedback
Enjoy the day
I intend to travel to Laos, Thailand and Myanmar in November and as I do not speak English, I am looking for a guide of these countries in Spanish or Portuguese (PDF). If any of you have the possibility of sending me this stuff will be very grateful.
Happy travels to all !!!
What would a reasonable itinerary be for a first trip??
I am planning my trip to Myanmar. Has anyone used MTS travel? Is it reliable? Any other tour company suggestion?
How many days should I stay in Mandalay? How much would a Taxi be for a day?
What would you recommend?
Thank you Rob
Can anyone recommend an English-speaking guide in Nyawngshwe who belongs to the Pa-o community?
Hi, I heard there are nice bungalows to stay in at Inle Lake. Does anyone have info on these? Or any nice guest houses or hotel? $30 - $60 range for 2 people. I'm fine with something away from a touristy area as long as there is transportation to get around. Thanks!
Looking for a place to stay in Mandalay that is in a good location to sites but not noisy - $30-$50 range for 2 people. CLEAN is important. Any suggestions?
I need a flight that gets into Yangon around 10:30 a.m. I found several of these when doing research (Yangon Airways, Asian Wings, Golden Myanmar) yet when I go to their websites directly - NO FLIGHTS! Does this sound familiar to any of you? I can't seem to trust that any of the flight - times, fares that I find are even valid. Thank you
How do I find train and bus lines/schedules online for Myanmar? I'd like to check them for routes between Inle Lake, Mandalay, and Bagan.
Hi, I'm trying to check flights to/from Yangon to Mandalay on air mandalay but it always comes up with "NO FLIGHTS" - I'm sure that this airline flies between these two cities doesn't it? Does anyone know the trick?
I plan on flying. Should I go from Yangon to Inle Lake and then to Bagan or hit Inle Lake after Bagan and on my way back to Yangon? I don't have much time so was thinking that flying would be the most practical. Let me know if you have any other suggestions. Thanks!
I'm trying to book my trip and hotels from USA but I need to know which airlines fly between the three cities above and how to find their flight schedules? I heard there is only a 6am flight from Yangon to Bagan daily. Is that true? I need to either book my flights now or at least have an idea what they are in order to book my hotels. Any help you can give would be awesome! Thanks!
Hi! I only have a couple days in Yangon - I want to hit the top sites. But Yangon seems pretty big. I have no idea which area or "district" to stay in (East, downtown, Central, South)? Is it best to book a hotel closer to the airport? Thank you!
We're going to Bagan for a day or two and thinking of setting camp in Nyaung - U. Are there any sites to see in or around here (like day trips) other than Bagan?
I'm not interested in lounging but want to see sites and have unique experiences. I'm going to Thailand as well and I hear it also has floating markets and such. Is Inle Lake different than what Thailand has to offer? It seems like such a sleepy town that we could do this in a day. No? Thanks!
I understand that changing money in Myanmar is a little easier than before Anyone been there recently?
1) I read that US$ have to be in very good condition and printed from 2006 onwards, but they are not so particular about notes like in previous years.
2) Better to change at airports and banks rather than money changers
3) Is it easy to change GB pounds
4) Most things can be paid for in Kyat except for official permits for each area , those have to be paid in US$. Anything else that must be paid in US $
5) All our accommodation has been paid for so i understand that restaurants, bus, train and day tours acn all be paid in Kyat.
Any comments will be appreciated
Has anyone done the slow ferry from Bagan to Mandalay lately?
1) can I get or send sms from my european Handy or tablet in Myanmar with my own sim-card. if not, is it possible with a simcard from Myanmar?
2) is Malaria a Problem in Myanmar (end of december to middle of january)?