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Travelling in Myanmar in January 2013

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1. Posted by philmelb (Budding Member, 9 posts) 20 Dec '12 22:09

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I travel solo and won't do group tours though I'm happy with local guides and don't mind riding on the back of a motorbike. I tried to book a flight to Myitkyina for the Moana Festival but received a reply that foreigners are not permitted there. Checked the newspapers and there's fighting in Kachin State. So, back to the drawing board. I wanted to return south by boat. I have the 28 days from January 7 allowed and have booked a balloon ride over Bagan for 16, the only date I have. I prefer villages to big cities.

I would be most grateful for advice and if a local reads this, I'd be happy to meet up in Yangon on January 7 or 8.

Thanks
Marylou

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator, 1839 posts) 23 Dec '12 18:05

Why is this being posted on the North American thread?

3. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 24 Dec '12 12:30

Quoting Calcruzer

Why is this being posted on the North American thread?

Good question. But, some members click on what they think is the correct forum and actually click the wrong one then post. This thread has now been moved to Asia.

(I've moved threads to the wrong forums and have had to have Admin move them to the correct one because I don't moderate the 'wrong' forum.) Mistakes happen. Yup,in the holiday spirit.) ;)

4. Posted by IanR4463 (Budding Member, 2 posts) 5 Jan '13 00:13

Hi Marylou
I am in Shan State at the moment . You will not be allowed to travel to much of northern Myanmar right now because of ethnic / political violence . That includes Myitkyina , Bhamo , Sittwe and Mrauk - U . My suggestions are that as you are going to Mandalay anyway why not check out Shan State ? If you like walking Kyaukme , Hsipaw , Pindaya and Kalaw are nice . Have a good one .
Ian

5. Posted by philmelb (Budding Member, 9 posts) 5 Jan '13 12:01

Thanks Ian

Wanted to head for Myitkyina for the Maona (?) Festival next week then head back down south via river boat but suppose that is not happening now? Will be in Yangon on Monday so will check everything out then. Will be in Myanmar for 28 days and the places you mention are on my list :(so think I'll manage to fill in the time!!

Marylou

6. Posted by philmelb (Budding Member, 9 posts) 5 Jan '13 21:39

Had another post from Roger travelling in March. Would be happy to share experiences.

Marylou

7. Posted by IanR4463 (Budding Member, 2 posts) 7 Jan '13 22:42

Marylou

I just double checked with M.T.T today and after a phone call to head office they confirm that travel to Sittwe , Mrauk U , Bhamo and Myitkyina are definately not allowed at the moment . The New Years Festival will not take place this year .

Ian

8. Posted by philmelb (Budding Member, 9 posts) 9 Jan '13 22:11

Thanks Ian. Had to change my whole itinerary. Arrived in Yangon, one night. Train, and what an experience, to Psay thenMagwe Meiktila Kalaw Nyaungshwe Bagan Mandalay Hsipaw back to Yangon then to Mon State so should fill in the 28 days okay. Hope you're enjoying your travels.

Marylou

Roger: The White House dorm is $12. Need to prebook now, maybe not in March. Main advantage is huge buffet breakfast otherwise it's just okay. MTT office for excellent info is behind the Siva Pagoda which you will see from the end of the White House Hotel street if you look right.

Let's know your plans if you want more hostels. Forget Psay.

9. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 860 posts) 11 Jan '13 15:45

thanks for that. I'll also be in the usual places, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake. If you can get phone numbers that would be great as I heard most don't have internet.

10. Posted by philmelb (Budding Member, 9 posts) 17 Jan '13 19:14

There's no need to email accommodation. Each place with phone ahead for you. They're most obliging.

At Pyay stayed at Myat Lodging House -OK - can negotiate price! around $8 for cubicle saved for truck drivers to $18 for attic. Met two men who rented motorcycles to explore region then caught 10pm train to Bagan. I went by bus to Megwe then Meitkila to Kelaw. Golden Lily GH at Kalaw 14,000 with no electricity or water at night!! Most people stay one night before trekking etc. Train to Inle Lake 2 hours late cote $3 (need exact money). Most places booked out but have a room at remember inn $15, good value. Lake trips 22,000 for up to 5 people. Off to Bagan by bus tomorrow 11,000 so can let you know accom. I have come roundabout way because of a booking in Bagan for 21 Jan for Balloon.

Marylou:)