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1. Posted by husker (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

husker has indicated that this thread is about Myanmar

I am living in Bangkok and working as a high school teacher. In about 2 months I have my summer holiday and am planning several trip, one of which will hopefully be to Myanmar. I want to do my best to give my hard earned $$$ to the people and not the government if I can. I would appreciate any information about guesthouses in Yangon and Mandalay. Any other information would be great, especially pertaining to traveling within the country.

2. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 9y

Though every hotel/guesthouse in Myanmar does pay a lodging tax to the goverment, I found it pretty easy to avoid the government-run operations. Generally these are high-end and cater to package tourists. If you're staying in a small guesthouse, it's a pretty safe bet that it is privately owned.

As for Yangon, I stayed at a place called The White House. I don't think I would rave about the place, but it was a good, centrally-located home base in Yangon.

In Mandalay, I stayed at, and really enjoyed, a place called the Royal Guesthouse. The place was very clean and had a terrific young staff. Great location and a rooftop terrace sealed the deal.

If you do end up going to Myanmar, I would pick up the Myanmar-specific Lonely Planet. Though it keeps people on a fairly well-traveled path, it is a pretty good source of information for finding a guesthouse to stay at. That said, if you have something recommended to you by another traveler, I'd take their advice, as I found there were some great places too eat and stay that were not listed in the book.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 9y

I stayed at the Motherland Inn (2) in Yangon - it's friendly, clean and privately run, and they will store your luggage for you while you travel round the country. They will also organsie onward travel for you and there is a useful pin board full of helpful tips from previous guests. There's a little restuarant that serves simple meals.
http://www.myanmarhotelandartgallery.com/

In Mandalay I stayed at a place called the Nylon hotel - it was pretty basic but was ok, and they can also organise onward travel for you. http://www.geocities.com/MadisonAvenue/Boardroom/6214/ayemin5.html

I can't rememember the exact prices but both were around US$12-$14 for a double ensuite.

The other place I visited was Bagan where there are numerous private guesthouses. Lonely Planet only lists privately run guesthouses and tour companies in their book, so this is a good one to take with you. Inevitably some money on a trip to Myanmar is going to go to the government (ie visa fee which you can't avoid) but with some planning you should be able to stick mainly to the privately run enterprises.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 9y

Quoting husker

I am living in Bangkok and working as a high school teacher. In about 2 months I have my summer holiday and am planning several trip, one of which will hopefully be to Myanmar. I want to do my best to give my hard earned $$$ to the people and not the government if I can. I would appreciate any information about guesthouses in Yangon and Mandalay. Any other information would be great, especially pertaining to traveling within the country.

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How much do you want to spend per night for your hotel? Read up on Mayanmar, their government has some strict rules regarding how much money you must convert or spend in the country. Their monetary regulations that pertain to tourists are much different than Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines or Hong Kong, etc.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 9y

Quoting husker

I am living in Bangkok and working as a high school teacher. In about 2 months I have my summer holiday and am planning several trip, one of which will hopefully be to Myanmar. I want to do my best to give my hard earned $$$ to the people and not the government if I can. I would appreciate any information about guesthouses in Yangon and Mandalay. Any other information would be great, especially pertaining to traveling within the country.

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Hit the submit button too soon. Get some information on BAGAN and Mt. Popa. Both of these places are not far from each other.

Couple hotels in Yangon are the GUEST CARE Hotel, 107(A) Dhamma Zedi Road and the Queen's Park Hotel, 132 Anawrahta Road.

In Bagan I used the Yar Kinn Thar Hotel on Anawrahta Road.

All three hotels were under $20 U.S. and had air-conditioning, hot water and television. Better hotels usually have more security than cheaper hostels.

I was there over 5 years ago, I used Mandalay Airlines and found them (at that time) to be very helpful. Buying a plane ticket through a private travel agency was cheaper than using a government travel agency back then.

6. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 9y

Quoting karazyal

Quoting husker

I am living in Bangkok and working as a high school teacher. In about 2 months I have my summer holiday and am planning several trip, one of which will hopefully be to Myanmar. I want to do my best to give my hard earned $$$ to the people and not the government if I can. I would appreciate any information about guesthouses in Yangon and Mandalay. Any other information would be great, especially pertaining to traveling within the country.

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How much do you want to spend per night for your hotel? Read up on Mayanmar, their government has some strict rules regarding how much money you must convert or spend in the country. Their monetary regulations that pertain to tourists are much different than Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines or Hong Kong, etc.

Myanmar no longer requires you to exchange money for FEC's. I don't think this is an issue anymore.

7. Posted by Seanyoung (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Hi all
Go to the http://myanmartravelguide.blogspot.comfor cheap hotels .If has good reviews and rates.It is our guide's blog.Even if you don't need the services from him,he can book hotels for you.

8. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 9y

In Yangon I like to stay at the May Shan Hotel/guesthouse. I just stayed there this past week, in fact. It's run by the same local family that runs the nearly Mandarin Restaurant (also near Sule Pagoda). Runs at May Shan are around $15 per night. They are a bit on the small side and some don't have windows, but they are clean, have very hot water, good beds and cable TV. The women that run the place are very helpful and friendly.
In Mandalay I like the Unity Hotel, located in the heart of downtown (near the market) and rooms are in the $15 - 20 range. Not sure of the ownership affiliation but the staff are very nice folks.

9. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 9y

To elaborate on what Busker says:I want to do my best to give my hard earned $$$ to the people and not the government if I can.

Under the Myanmar Tourism Law, enacted by the State Law and Order Restoration Council none of the provisions of the law governing
"businesses of tourism industry for international tourists or foreign visitors shall apply to State-owed Economic Organizations".

The law, however, provides provisions for the types of business to be operated under a license for domestic tourists from among the businesses contained in section 6 of the Law ( i.e tourist enterprise,hotel business,lodging-house business, tourist transport business,tour guide business); and businesses prescribed from time to time as a Tourism Industry by the Commission

The law empowers the Inspectors to call for and copy records, accounts and other supporting documents relating to the industry, and inspect articles relating to the industry, and also examine in accordance with this Law any building, vehicle or person relating to the tourism industry.

Under the law, a food outlet,place of entertainments,GHs, etc will be deemed to the involved in tourism trade the moment they put up "sign boards in any foreign language". It has to be approved by the Directorate....or the license holders risk penalties up to 30,000 kyat/jail jail.

A local wanting to operate a GH has to go through at least 11 bureaucratic red tapes...and pay under counter along the way! Well, it happens even in Vietnam, Thailand,India...everywhere!

Do you also know that under the Law, there are conditions relating to foreign currency earned by the license-holder from the tourism industry. So why don't you pay in kyat?

And also if you want the money to go directly into the pockets of locals, the least you can do it to eat by roadside stalls, and patronise outlets meant for locals. The question is will you?

Anyway, Blair's boycott Myanmar campaign has not succeeded in bringing Myanmar down to its feet! It has found allies with China, Russia, India, Cuba,etc and all the Asean countries.

Dana

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