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1. Posted by mcgrco (Budding Member, 16 posts) 16 Dec '05 03:31

Hi, Im planning to spend a month in Myanmar travelling alone here in March. Any tips or advise. eg can anyone advise of an email account that will work. Also, can you access this site from within. Any help is appreciated.

2. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive, 1447 posts) 16 Dec '05 08:27

My wife and I will be in Myanmar in March 2006 and need info like you.
I use www.fastmail.fm for fast e-mails without any advertising.
Beats the shit out of Hotmail or Yahoo.
Let's exchange info about Myanmar.

Anthony

3. Posted by matthi (Budding Member, 5 posts) 17 Dec '05 02:27

My route through myanmar lead me along these points:
1.) we started in yangoon. Very dirty, many slums, baggers on the street .many buildings remain you on the times of the colonisation, and they take care of them. They would better care of their people. You must visit aung san market, where you can find everything you want for souvenir or daly business.not the kind of market they have in bangkok, build up for the tourists. You will find original handcraft there.the none plus ultra is the shwe dagon pagoda!!!amazing an pagoda as big as a mountain.take a day for this and in the evening get your food at one of the hundreds of streetcitchens.yangoon is multi culti. You will find cinese in the one area of the city, thais in the other, tibetians in another and so on. It’s the new york of myanmar.
2.) We took the train to mandalay. I loved this city its more illuminated and not that dirty. Many pagodas around in the hills. And a lot of handcraftshops. we took a guide who showed us they city and the area arround. You must visit the “u bein bridge” have a walk along the walls of the palast and be on mandalay hill for sunset.
3.) Next was myithkyina in the north. The city is not that exciting, only the marked is interesting.the only place to sleep is the YMCA hotel.
4.) From there we took the jeep through the jungle down to bhamo, the city is not very exciting, but the jeeptour is. You will come through the deepest jungle. It took us 15 hours , but its was worth every minute.
5.) From bahmo we took the ferry down the ayeyarwaddy back to mandalay. A beautiful, slow, relaxing trip through a magical nature. You will see many little villages build with bambus, and stay the night at one of them, before the trip continues next morning.
6.) We too a brake at katha, and the next day we took another ferry to reach mandalay the day after.
7.) There we visited MINGON. An amazing, huge temple, never fullfilled but as tall as a mountain. You can climb the top and have a wide view over the area.
8.) Next station was bagan, where you MUST go.we took the bus to reach it. Bus tours are horrible, don’t do that if its not neccasarry.its a city of anxient temples and pagodas left like they we build 1000s of years before. You can walk there all day without seeing everything. Be at the sunset pagoda for sunset.beautiful!
9.) Then we took a pickup to reach ngapali beach. We had a little but nice bambus hutt right at the beach which is very nice. But when we came there they started to build up many hotels for tourists. If I was you I would go to inle lake which must be a very beautiful area without much tourism. Ngapali beach it selfe is nice but the new hotels……
Then we drove back to yangoon. Maybe we should have taken on of the seaferries along the coast to reach it. Weve heared that this should be possible and very nice.
Places you must see: yangoon, mandalay, bagan, inle lake.
If you have more questions, just let me know.
Greetings

4. Posted by thejohn (Full Member, 13 posts) 17 Dec '05 19:44

Hi Mcgrco,

I was there in August. With regards to your email access question, there is access to Hotmail, Gmail etc if you ask around. I used them in Inle Lake, Mandalay and Yangon. However, access to this mail was very, very, very slow to the point of it not really being worth the effort.

I would recommend using the email account that comes with your internet provider if you have one. For instance, my Telstra (australian phone and internet provider) email account worked everywhere no problems.

Do you have an outline of where you want to go? I went Yangon, Golden rock, inle lake, kalaw, mandalay, hsipaw, mandalay, bagan, yangon and would recommend all of them with the exception of golden rock if the weather is bad. I'm happy to give specifics if you have anything in mind.

My tip is don't try for to much, travel is very slow when it comes to busses.

Cheers,
John

5. Posted by mcgrco (Budding Member, 16 posts) 25 Mar '06 20:40

Hi all,

Im in burma now and can provide advise to anyone that wants to use web based email. Please pm me if you need this information.

Thanks

6. Posted by cheezer (Budding Member, 10 posts) 17 Apr '06 10:17

I was there in Jan/Feb and only able to use Yahoo and email from internet provider (Starhub) in this instance. Have no problem with my travelogue too. But I was told Hotmail is still blocked by the government. Also, whatever you write can be screened by the government too. I still think John's idea is the best...use your ISP email account. Just a thought.

7. Posted by Seanyoung (Budding Member, 5 posts) 14 Sep '06 02:03

Hi guys!
all email accounts except hotmail are working in Myanmar.If you want specific travel info for your vacation to Myanmar visit
myanmarguide.blogspot.com and if interested in peoples of Myanmar visit tribaltours.blogspot.com.The guide who made these blogs were our guide.He was very helpful and reliable,so contact him for insider' info.

8. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member, 187 posts) 17 Sep '06 05:24

I just returned to Bangkok today after spending the past 10 days in Myanmar. My third time there and this was perhaps the best trip yet. Part of that was because I was able to travel with a friend this time as opposed to doing my usual solo walkabouts. Anyway, I found email service in Yangon to be good overall. Found a great little Internet place on 38th street called i4c. They are able to get you logged onto Yahoo and Gmail with no real problems, and the lady there is very helpful. By contrast, e-mail service in Mandalay is horribly slow and expensive, at least at the two places we tried. Back in January I used a place in Nyaungshwe (Inle Lake) that was pretty good.

Tips in any of the cities: walk around and explore the town, back alleys, etc. It's very safe and the people are so friendly. In Mandalay have a flashlight ready at night. Very dark and frequent power cuts. The southwest part of town, in the "Monk district", is a great place to explore. Also stop at the teashops in Mandalay and Yangon. Amazingly cheap and delicious tea and snacks (samosas, paratha, pastries, etc.). My favorite restaurant this time in Mandalay was the Burmese place that is only 2 blocks from the Moustache Brothers show. I've forgotten the name right now but it's listed in the Lonely Planet guide. Great food and great service. The kids there take great care of you.

In Bagan we stayed in New Bagan. Very quiet and tranquil; in fact, there were no other tourists there during our 3-day stay! Really, not a soul. We stayed at the NK Beetlenut Hotel. It was $15 for a huge room with AC, fridge, and hot water. They had cable TV but it wasn't very good. Further down the street (it's pretty much a one-road town) the owner of the excellent Silver House Restaurant has just opened up his own guesthouse. It's located around the corner. It also has hot water and AC and the rates are only $6-8. Go and check it out. He and his wife are very nice and could use the business. I'll go through my pile of papers later and post the name and phone number later.