Has anyone reading this been to Myanmar very recently like since the bad weather badly damaged the country? If so have the Pagodas and things that attract the tourists got repaired to near the glory of before the damage was done?
Is it fairly easy and cheap to get around Myanmar to the main touristy spots?
Has any genuine tourist reading this taken a Video Camera in to the country? I read online that to record video they have huge fees like $2000USD and in some cases more depending on where you record video. I suspect that they would not be that rediculous if you were just taking a small handheld video camera but more for those with huge cameras who are recording for a travel show or similar.
Any advice on Myanmar that is recent would be great.
I went to Myanmar in June 06. The route we took was Yangon - Mandalay by overnight bus, down to Bagan by boat, then by plane (Bagan Airways) back to Yangon. (We were planning to do Inle Lake too but we both got sick in Bagan). Transport was cheap and regular, if a little delapidated! Some travellers hire 'share taxis' and this could be worthwhile if there are 3 or 4 of you. We hired a horse and cart in Bagan for 2 days to take us round the temples, and this was around US$6 per day. We also did a tour from Mandalay to 3 of the surrounding ancient towns - 2 of us hired a guy with a jeep to drive us. I can't remember the price but again I think it was in the region of a few $$ for the day.
I'm not sure about video cameras as the rules are probably stricter since the 2007 uprising but even when we went we were supposed to declare cameras according the customs form - they just waved us through when we tried to declare them though. I guess a big SLR camera might suggest you're a journalist, and the same with video cameras, which is what they don't want.
I was there in Feb this year,i didn't have a video camera,but i did take some video footage with my ordinary camera,no one bothered with me or seemed to care,and customs at the airport was a doddle.There was little damage to the main tourist areas like Bagan,i think it hit mainly on the west coast.Travel costs are similar to Thailand,but easy it ain't! I took the train to Bagan from Mandalay,it was appalling,broken seats,dirty,drunk people asleep on me,only consolation for me was you could smoke out the window!Buses are better ($1 per hr)but roads are long and bumpy but it's all part of the experience in Myanmar,wouldn't swap it for the world.You can bank on 12-15 hrs between each of Rangoon,Bagan,Mandalay by bus or train,or more sometimes.Guesthouses are $8-15,average hotels 15-40,good hotels 40+.Roadside eating is cheap,from as little as $2,with good sit down restaurants around $10.Day out with a private driver about $20.Things cheaper in out of the way places.