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1. Posted by stpauligrl (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Anyone traveled here? Would love to hear your impressions, both good and bad.

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2. Posted by stpauligrl (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

oops -- sorry -- just say basically the same thing a few posts down. it's late...

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4. Posted by Angelina01 (Budding Member 8 posts) 1y

I had a friend of mine go backpacking a couple of months ago. She had the best time. She said that the people were very friendly and eager to help. She also got to experience a monk cultural ceremony and was invited by the village to stay over! You should definitely give it a try. Good luck!

5. Posted by sandy86 (Inactive 10 posts) 1y

I travelled to Myanmar in last July. It is beautiful country and friendly people. You can take 10- 15 days, depend on your time. Do not miss Bagan

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

6. Posted by Azooki_Travel (Budding Member 12 posts) 1y

They are all correct. Opening its doors to the world and a desire for people to come and visit and take part in all that it has to offer. With all sanctions lifted by 2013 and the reopening of the American Embassy, Myanmar is a location any discovering traveller must put on their bucket list. From the commercial capital, Yangon and its incredible Shwedagon Pagoda and British-era architecture blended with a plethora of new developments to the tranquillity of Inle Lake and the history of Mandalay and Bagan.

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8. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 416 posts) 2w

Been to Myanmar three times already, its a wonderful place, and one to see ASAP as in the last decade its already changed so much as to be almost unrecognizable from my first trip. As mentioned, the don't miss is Bagan, but I found Mandalay to be quite interesting and very different from, Yangon. This is a country to see ruins and religion, as well as the hydroponic farming on Inlay lake (I do suggest skipping all the on the lake markets, and just see the central one in Nyaungshwe) as the others have become huge tourist traps. I also suggest booking your own transport/expeditions whenever you can as the hotels and hostels were very good at adding 20% or more to the price.

I can't speak to the beaches in the country as I've either always missed the season, or just got distracted by the people and wats along the country.

If you have the time do a little cruise on the irawaddy from Mandalay to Bagan, it's a nice boat trip and much nicer than the bus (although the roads are quite good now mostly), but the buses can be tough as even the first class buses seem to break down with frequency, and they'll just stick you on the local buses when that happens (which can be a nightmare on an overnight trip). (Happened twice on three bus rides last time)

Local buses are ok, but based on my experience it's good to have a strong stomach as plenty of the Burmese people are not used to traveling by motor vehicle and lots of people get motion sick. Saw it at least a half dozen times on the last trip.

Lastly, if you like to taste local made products the Myanmar rum is quite good. You can actually sip it and enjoy it like bourbon. I thought it was much better neat than mixed. It's also very, very inexpensive.

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10. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 458 posts) 1w

Crikey -there's still life in an 11 year old post; who'd have thought it?