I am currently in Thailand and am thinking of going to Mynamar for a month.
Have been looking in the planet and as far as i can see the only way in is to fly? there are 2 border crossings but i dont think you can go overland into Mynamar from them. Is the best thing to do to fly from Bangkok?
Also any advice on the country, where to go etc... would be great.
You have no choice but fly into Yangoon from BKK, or Chiangmai into mandalay.
If you are looking for a travel plan,covering about 24 days, you can send me a PM. I did a trip from Sept 23 to Oct 12 and I can turn over the itinerary...with advice, etc.
best way is plane to myanmar and visit the http://www.airasia.com
for really cheap flight ticket
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Yep, Air Asia now has daily flights from Bangkok to Yangon. About half the price of either the Bangkok Airways or Thai Air fares.
If you are going to be in Myanmar for a month, there is plenty to see. Obviously, the Big Four (Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake), but plenty of other great cities and beaches and mountains. The hard part is travel between some locations. Train and bus travel are very slow and prone to multi-hour delays. There are flights to many cities and those are very reliable but they may beyond the budget of some travelers. Wherever you decide to go, enjoy the experience. Myanmar is a wonderful country to see.
Going to Myanamar by flight is the only way. Border crossing is only border area, cannot go inner side.
Tourists will interest Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle lake and Golden Rock.
Yangon: International airport, Highlight is Shwedagon Pagoda.
Bagan: Myanmar archituctural buildings since 9th Century, Lacquare workshops.
Mandalay: Last capital of Myanmar Kingdom, heart of Myanmar art & culture, silk weaving, gold leaf making, stone carving.
Inle lake: Rowing the boat by unique leg, floating garden and floating market, hand weaving.
Golden Rock: Pagoda built on a guilded huge boulder completely cover by gold which rests precariously on a projecting cliff.
Can be see at Green Leaf Travels & Tours website: http://www.travelstomyanmar.com
I have heard that there are a lot of bandits in Mynamar if you stray from the beaten track, is this correct? Also, can anybody tell me how built up Mynamar is? I was thinking of visiting here when doing the indochina route, and would love some information as to what its main attractions are? beaches, cities, jungle? Any photos i have seen have looked very rural, beautiful though. Would anybody tell me how safe of a country it is?
I really havent a clue of the area & any help would be great
I have been to Myanmar 3 times and absolutely love the country. It's very safe and I have never had any problems with theft, security or anything negative whatsoever. The thing about bandits sounds like some sort of urban myth or dated rumor. Traveling to any regular tourist spots is perfectly safe. Yangon and Mandalay are more urban and busy cities, but the rest of the country is much quieter and full of beautiful scenery. And nice people everywhere!
Buzzard is right...Myanmar is safe for tourists. I have seen western female travellers doing it on their own.The people are friendly; helpful.I have never seen anywhere the kind of hospitality they gave me in Namhsan...The homestay with a family that runs a restaurant was memorable.Most western travellers do the big four, but if you have the time, venture further...you will love it.
make sure you do read up on myanmar before/if you go. it's not a country to travel to lightly - and please try to avoid spending money on government-run stuff where possible as it goes right back into funding the repressive regime which had forced out (often violently) thousands of ethnic karen and mon refugees as well as burmese who had the misfortune to be educated and have a political conscience(i'm working with numerous destitute children and families near the thai-burma border right now...)