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11. Posted by elliots (Budding Member 77 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Obviously it depends on your style of travel. I backpack but don't do it tough nor do I drink a lot. Travelling as a pair 2 years ago we allowed $8-12 for accommodation, $15-20 for food/drink & $10 for sites & land travel for the 2 of us.

12. Posted by PompeyPete (Budding Member 30 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Me and the cook had 3 weeks in Myanmar in February /March 2010.

4 nights in Yangon, staying at the Summit Parkside. Best place in Yangon to change your crisp US$ in Yangon was at the Art Galley attached to the Summit Parkside. Swimming pool at end the day off with, and also v.close to Schwedagon Pagoda.

While in Yangon we arranged our onward transport up spine of Myanmar. Hired an airport taxi for the day (Swallow taxis), liked the driver, and let him show us places around Yangon and the local villages. We agreed to hire him to show us his magical country.

He took us to his company office in town, and we worked out an itinerary for two weeks, and agreed the cost.

Two weeks cost US$800 (eight hundred). This included the taxi, fuel, road tolls (lots of them), the driver and his guiding expertise, his accommodation and food costs. We could change the itinerary within reason at no extra cost.

Visited Bagan (3 nights) with an overnight stop half way, also took in Bago during the first morning. Mount Popa on the way to Mandalay. Pwin oo Lwin, Kalaw, Inle lake, and back to Yangon via an overnight stop.

Absolutely brilliant time, the driver soon became our friend. Very intelligent physics graduate who like many Burmese are very well educated, but can't find an appropriate job at the end of their studies. Spoke perfect English. His knowledge of his country was superb. He took us to some great places which many people wouldn't get the chance to see. We stopped where we wanted, when we wanted, and saw real life for those two weeks.

Too many tour groups for me though, hogging up the main sights, some (Korean) being loud and often disrespectful.

Personally I wouldn't travel anywhere in South East Asia by overnight bus. In Myanmar most of the roads aren't much more than dust tracks albeit with a wide verge. Buses have to share the road with all sorts of unconventional traffic travelling at speed or crawling along, and coming at you from all directions.

13. Posted by navada (Budding Member 12 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Lets get an easy question out of the way first.
Vietnam Airlines has direct flights 3 days a week from Yangon to Hanoi, departing at 19:10 and arriving at 21:30 (7:10pm - 9:30pm)
However you should still check flights via Bangkok as this will often provide cheaper options if you prefer.

As for travelling in Myanmar, 5-7 days is probably only going to allow a whirlwind introduction to the country.

Given you are a self confessed drinking-beer-on-the-beach-with-a-guitar (and someone who plays it) kind of person then your only options to do this in Myanmar is pretty much Ngwe Saung beach or Chaungtha beach (both on the delta coast some 6 hours bus ride west of Yangon), or Ngapali up in the northwest (an hour plus flight)
Ngwe Saung is a little more relaxed than Chaungtha, but there is little to do besides sit on the beach and eat seafood. Ngwe Saung is a nicer swimming beach, Chaungtha caters more to Burmese families and has pony rides, banana boating and other activities. You'll even see ponies painted like zebras there, bit of a novelty.

Bagan is on a plain, can't recall any view points beside the balloon (which is well worth while if your budget allows). Lots of ancient temples in a beautiful landscape.

Yangon itself is worth a couple of days exploring, it is under rated and often overlooked by travellers who arrive there and rush off to their first tourist hotspot the next morning.

Keep in mind that Myanmar is a large country, and it takes time to get around by bus.
On a 5-7 day time-poor trip, you should be looking to fly from place to place. so as not to waste half of your week on a bus or train.

I suggest you do some more research. There is a LOT to do and see in Myanmar, and 5-7 days means you will have to choose carefully so as to see some of the country without rushing and losing the enjoyment of a holiday.

14. Posted by MissCaswell (Budding Member 82 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi travelaussie.

I'm well aware that a week in Myanmar will not be an oppertunity to see all that the country has to offer and that since I have limited time I'm looking in the direction of air travel between locations (as started in my original post).

I am doing research, travellerspoint has often been a valuable springboard to start looking into places and getting info so, here I am.

I hope you do realize that refering to being the kind of person who likes a laid back beach style whilst travelling was not intended to mean that I only like being on the beach - it was intended to perhaps avoid recommendations to places that's full of tourist looking to party and little else.

Sorry if I'm reading you wrong but your post seems a bit full of contempt and not very helpful at all. Thanks!

15. Posted by elliots (Budding Member 77 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi Travelaussie. I thought your post had heaps of good info for MissCaswell and didn't deserve her put-down

16. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3891 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I also thought travelaussie's post was very helpful and not full of any contempt at all! I think perhaps you have misconstrued the tone of the reply somehow.

Having travelled in Myanmar myself I'd pretty much agree with everything already posted.

From Bangkok you can fly into Yangon with either Bangkok airways or Air Asia for pretty low prices.

Bagan is definitely still worth it without doing the balloon flight; I didn't do it and Bagan was the highlight of the country for me. I'm not sure of anywhere you can hike to but we got some good views from the tops some of the temples. Also don't miss Mandalay and the ancient surrounding cities if you have time.

17. Posted by MissCaswell (Budding Member 82 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Geez, maybe I read him wrong but to me the whole thing sounded a bit like "there's no point for you to go there for such a short period of time so why even bother". That's how I read it, maybe this information is helpful to you but I didn't really feel it helped me at all (obviously I did not feel the need to explan that this is not my first trip to Asia (which is implied in my original post), I'm not geographicly challenged ("Myanmar is a big country") and pointing out that I need to do more research is kind of like answering my question by telling me that I need to ask more questions - would I really be here if I wasn't trying to do more research??)

But good to know that someone found this helpful.

18. Posted by MissCaswell (Budding Member 82 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Just an update - spent 8 days in Myanmar and it was amazing! Sure, having 3 weeks to travel around would have been great but that was not an option this time around. Don't be discouraged if you don't have that time, you can do plenty in 8 days and you'll have a great reason to come back to do more :)

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