Hiya, I m heading to Bangkok to apply for the Myanmar visa and would like to make it as easy for myself as possible. On the official website they say I need hotels and flight ticket booked before I can apply, is this right? I would like to keep my options open and not book everything beforehand. Do u have any tips or advice? Thanks...
For the record, the visa process is very simple, fill in the form, 2 photos, a photocopy of ur passport, 800 baht and u get it in 2-3 days. Don't need anything booked, they only ask you a first address in Yangon. Can't go overland, u need to fly in and out, unless u apply for a special permit in Yangon at the MTT which costs some USD (a guy here apparently paid some 70 for it). They temporarly opened the borders at Tachileck and Ranong because Bangkok airport was closed but that was an exception.
The country is very beautiful and clean... no pollution cause not many cars nor factories, very uncomfortable to travel by old Japanese buses that often break down but if u have some cash can fly everywhere, people in the countryside and in guesthouses are lovely, really innocent and nice, in local tourist traps like golden rock or in bus terminals and taxi drivers a lot less naive and nice. Half of the country or more is shut for foreigners for various reasons but where u can go u don't feel like u are checked all the time or anything, the Internet works in many places and there is virtually no police nor army in the streets (if they wear plain clothes I don't know but it's not obvious).
Good experience but no parties nor nightlife whatsoever, unless u come with a girlfriend and or love nature and early nights etc., it can be a little boring... Many older travellers and couples etc..
Overall I liked beautiful Myanmar!!
Well nothing really to add to this but just saying thanks for the info Luca!
Thinking of travelling thereabouts next year so any info has been helpful