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1. Posted by Jayk (Budding Member 20 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Looking to go to Myanmar around may/june. I've read loads about it, and I have wanted to explore this beautiful country for a long time. We will be in Thailand in May, so it's a great time to go. I'm not scared to take a few chances, rough it, and spend hours on the road. I have lived in Asia for the last four years, and understand the different cultures etc. My boyfriend however is far more sensible than I am, and after reading up about Myanmar, is not keen to tackle the trip as we are novice travellers. Has anyone been there recently? Is it safe and easy enough to spend a couple of weeks there? Are border crossing from Thailand and into China/India difficult? I have heard that we should not support government organised tourism. I have no problem with that.
Any advice would be much appreciated

2. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member 142 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Went to Myanmar in 2002 stayed for a month. Nice people, bad food, very interesting country. Stuck in a time warp. Travel was tightly controled and I had the feeling the gov`t knew where you were most of the time.
Safety was not much of an issue though.(Dont take pictures of bridges I had my camera and had a run in on the train with some soldiers- alittle stressful but never felt that I was in real danger).

If you have traveled SEAsia not that different, with regards to the security situation I mean, than Cambodia. Not sure how it is now but thats how it was then.

As far as border crossing goes I flew from Bangkok which is probably your easiest option. Not sure bout India, maybe a Delhi flight would work.

3. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I was there in January of this year. It was my first trip, but I'll definitely go back. Really enjoyed Myanmar a lot. I live in Thailand and have also travelled to Laos, Cambodia, China, & Malaysia. I thought Myanmar was the most interesting and unique of all those countries. I felt perfectly safe there and had no problems. Frankly, I felt more "watched" in Cambodia than in Myanmar. Nobody searched my bags or bothered me (other than the guys in Yangon wanting you to exchange money). I only had about 10 days to travel so I flew to most places and took a boat from Mandalay to Bagan (an average river trip, and takes all day. next time I'll fly that route, also). I still hear the roads are pretty poor and ground transporation can be slow and unreliable. I'd also heard negative things about the food, but had some great meals there; everything from Burmese cuisine and Shan nooodle dishes to Indian food and Chinese. I was satisfied. Otherwise, the people are wonderful and the country is full of amazing things to see. Enjoy it!

4. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Just got home to Perth from 3 weeks in Myanmar (March 8th to March 28th).
The hot season and I mean HOT!!!
Very safe and friendly.
Need info, just message me.