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1. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 10y

So what was originally going to be a 6-week trip backpacking in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam has totally shifted focus. For whatever reason, Borneo really caught my eye and I am now planning on spending up to 3 weeks there.

So in racking my brain to figure out what to do with the remaining 3 weeks, I began reading up a bit on Myanmar. Needless to say, I'm pretty enthralled at the moment.

Taking into account that I seem to be easily distracted by the more "off the beaten path" destinations while reading through travel books, does anybody have any advice as to whether this is a good, great or entirely horrible idea? Keep in mind that I would be traveling as much as possible according to what I've read about supporting the local people and not the government.

That said, for any of you those who have visited Myanmar, I would very much appreciate any advice or information you could offer me.

Lastly, if anybody is up for joining me; I'd be looking at flying from Bangkok and travelling for about 3 weeks from mid October to somewhere around November 10.

Cheers!

John

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 10y

Quoting john7buck

So what was originally going to be a 6-week trip backpacking in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam has totally shifted focus. For whatever reason, Borneo really caught my eye and I am now planning on spending up to 3 weeks there.

So in racking my brain to figure out what to do with the remaining 3 weeks, I began reading up a bit on Myanmar. Needless to say, I'm pretty enthralled at the moment.

Taking into account that I seem to be easily distracted by the more "off the beaten path" destinations while reading through travel books, does anybody have any advice as to whether this is a good, great or entirely horrible idea? Keep in mind that I would be traveling as much as possible according to what I've read about supporting the local people and not the government.

That said, for any of you those who have visited Myanmar, I would very much appreciate any advice or information you could offer me.

Lastly, if anybody is up for joining me; I'd be looking at flying from Bangkok and travelling for about 3 weeks from mid October to somewhere around November 10.

Cheers!

John

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I used these two hotels in Yangon (Rangoon) about 5 years ago, no e-mail address on my cards. Hotels had AirCon, TV, private toilet/shower, etc. Breakfast was included back when I used the places. I paid around $10 to $15 per night back then, figure no worse than $20, maybe cheaper than Malaysia.

Guest Care Hotel, 107 (A) Dhamma Zedi Road, almost on a corner with U Wisara Road and not far from the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Queen's Park Hotel, No. 132 Anawrahta Road, corner with Bo Myat Tun Street.

When I arrived at the airport and got a ride into town it was in an old Toyota, the driver asked if I wanted AirCon, said it would cost one dollar more. There were lots of private taxi's available to take passengers into town, for 3 bucks total they brought me to several cheaper places - thought they were too ratty for me - and settled on these two places.

An interesting place to read up on and visit is the BAGAN area. I flew on Mandalay Airlines (back then it was better than the state run airline) to Bagan. Same load of private taxi's available for a couple dollars to take you to hotels, etc.

In Bagan you must see some of the hundreds of temples, some are just piles of rubble, some are in good shape. Sunset and sunrise are popular because you can see lots of temples with backlighting. Every direction you look in you see some kind of temple, large and small!

Also in Bagan you must see Mount Popa which is a temple on top of a big round rock, on a flat plain. Sort of like a bowling ball on a table top! Originally a volcano where the earth was washed away and only left the hard magma center. On top of this round rock a temple was built. You walk up some stairs halfway with your shoes and the rest of the way with barefeet. Lots of monkey poop to cushion your steps. Except for some new housing that sprouts up when tourist money is thrown around, the area is unique.

In Bagan you can check out this hotel if you want to, AirCon, TV, HW, private toilet/shower, etc. Okay restaurant nearby. Under $20 U.S. The name is:

Yar Kinn Thar Hotel, Anawrahta Road, Nyaung OO, in between Bagan and the airport.

Myanmar has some unusual restrictions on spending money and changing money at the airport, read up on Mayanmar in a Lonely Planet or similar TG.

When I was in Myanmar there seemed to be a choice of buying your tickets or tours from private cheaper travel agents or more expensive and inneficient state run travel agents, it's a Communist country!!

Have old telephone numbers if you can't get them on Google or with Dogpile. My info is getting a little stale, need another trip back there.

Good luck.

3. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

By all means: go to Myanmar. I've been twice in the past year and loved both trips. I live in Thailand and had been considering a visit to Myanmar for several years. But finally, after hearing nothing but positive things from other travelers about their trip to Myanmar I finally took the plunge. And I'm glad I did. So much to see and do in that country. I don't doubt the government is as evil as people say, but I was never hassled or ever felt like I was being watched.

One note about money: there are no more "special restrictions" about exchanging money. In fact, do NOT change money at the airport. You will get a horrible exchange rate. Most hotels can change money for you safely and reliably. You may not get as good a rate at the guys in the street are giving, but you won't get shorted either. You can get a taxi from the airport into town for $5. The taxi drivers will take US dollars, as will all hotels. For pretty much all other purchases (except for plane tickets, boats, etc.) you will need Kyat.

You won't need to spend a lot of time in Yangon, but I find it a fascinating city to wonder around. Lots of great little teashops and cheap Indian restaurants to discover too. And friendly people in that city and everywhere else around Myanmar. I also enjoyed Bagan (and Mount Popa), Mandalay (and the surround old capitol cities, teak bridge, etc.) and the beautiful Inle Lake area. Don't think twice: go see it!