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How many days for Myammar?

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1. Posted by miguel_es (Full Member 114 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Please, any advise welcome.

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3891 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

There is loads to see, so I'd say stay for as many days as you can! I had 10 days there and saw Rangoon, Mandalay (+ancient cities) and Bagan. (I was supposed to be going to Inle Lake but got sick for a couple of days in Bagan.)

10 days would be enough for those 4 places but with some more time to spare you could visit Bago and also do a trek for a day or 2 from Kalaw.

Bear in mind (unless this has changed since I was there 2.5 years ago) that there are no ATM machines and credit cards and travellers cheques are not accepted, so you will have to take all the money you need in cash in the form of $US. You can then change some money to Kyat from a money changer on the street when you get there. Don't use the money -changers in the airport, as their rates are poor. Kyat can be used for smaller purchases, otherwise $US is widely used.

3. Posted by miguel_es (Full Member 114 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

What about the beaches in Myanmar? It is posible to rent a motorbike for travel around? . Thanks for your advises.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 16, 2009, at 2:39 PM by miguel_es ]

4. Posted by jekalo (Full Member 118 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Depending on when you go, I would spend as long as possible in Myanmar. The country is diverse and if you go Oct to Feb, the weather should be beautiful. March to May it gets very hot and in June through august it is the rainy season. Myanmar has some beautiful beaches, especialy on the western side of the country. You can rent a motorbike but they are illegal in Yangon. Most of the travel you would do between yangon and the other places would be much easier if you chose to fly as it is fairly inexpensive and there are plenty of daily flights. The roads outside the major cities can be very poor and the lack of any signage can make it a real adventure if you dont read or speak burmese if you rent your own transportation. Outside the major cities there are not a lot of people that speak english so that can also make for some difficulty. Once you arrive in the main tourist areas, yangon, bagan, mandalay etc. there are quite a few lodging and transportation options. You can also travel by bus but the trips are generaly very long but cheap and you sometimes have to purchase tickets several days in advance. It is also possible to take a train or boat from yangon to mandalay and bagan. Myanmar is a country lost in time and its people are very friendly and welcoming. If not for the government, it would be one of the can't miss places on any travelers list.