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    visa on arrival suspended for now sept 2010

    by cochinjew Updated Sep 11, 2010

    Favorite thing: The website you gave has conflicting information but they are trying to be upto date but not up to date enough.
    Visa on arrival has been suspended for the moment. so it is better to get visa in the UK before you leave. I get my Burmese visas in Paris and it is a straight forward affair. you can get burmese visas from eny embassy of Myanmar but Bangkok seems to be the easiest place to get.
    there is a departure tax of 10 usd when leaving. there are plenty of information on this site about Burma. for latest information you may wish to email kkym who is a vt member living in Yangon.
    all the best. I was just there and may be able to answer any queries you may have

    Kyaw is very helpful with local arrangements

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    electronics

    by Mique Updated Jul 30, 2010

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    Favorite thing: You don't need to leave your mobile phone (or any other electronics) with immigration (this question has come up several times in the forum). It just doesn't work here. And laptops are nice but there are only a few internet cafe's that will give you access with your own laptop. Cameras are no problem either. I've walked in and out of this country a fair few times with a mobile phones (I use mine in Thailand), 3 cameras and a laptop and no problem what so ever...

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    Taveling around Myarnmar

    by Malakawon Written Jun 15, 2010

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    Favorite thing: I think it is doable for 10 days as long as you travel by plane.
    Initially my sister and I want to try the bus but when we arrived
    in Yangon and saw the bus conditions we decided to travel by plane.
    We picked Air Bagan because it has the best reputation. You can go
    around agencies in Sakura Building, they usually discounts.

    Yangon should be minimum 2 days max 3 days including arrival and departure. 1 day should be alloted for Shwedagon, one in the morning and late afternoon. a must visit would be market that sell gems if you are interested. You should change money in Yangon since it has the best exchange rate within the whole country.

    We did not appreciate Mandalay so much. only for shopping in the market for longyi and other souvenirs. It was just our jump off point to U Bien Bridge, Sagaing and Ava.

    Bagan. This place is amazing. Stay for 3 days at least. During the time we were there, it was June, the weather is great. We got good rates for Thiripyitsaya Hotel. If it is within your budget you should try. It is located in the banks of Irrawaddy River, so picturesque and so peaceful. Before I thought Siem Reap was the best, I totally changed my mind when I saw the hundreds of stupas in Bagan.

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    Adaptor plug in Burma

    by DSwede Updated Mar 26, 2010

    Favorite thing: Burma uses 230V, 50Hz

    Typical plug in nice hotels is British 3-pin rectangular blade plug:
    http://electricaloutlet.org/type-g

    However, many hotels offer multipurpose outlets in their rooms.

    Almost as common is the European 2-pin:
    http://electricaloutlet.org/type-c

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    shot every one in Burma..but with yur camera

    by kopwint Written Aug 13, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Photo shooter...so many base on what they shot.
    so i mean shot to model girls and boys for Advts,
    What kind of guy you want to see and say and ....
    here peter is famous for model Advts,
    and Lwin moe he is now great famous cause of he travel and make photos and broadcast on Television.Like National Geography Magazine and at the same time he is Movie star.
    and others...,Moe min(The ray photo gallery)
    In Bagan,southern gate of Annada pagoda,he is one of great shoter of foto.Nyaung Oo than htay,

    so many what Type of shooter you want to see.

    Fondest memory: smiles...

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Photography
    • Eco-Tourism

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    Change dollars

    by andy-g Written Jul 21, 2009

    Favorite thing: Bring Dollars for your Burma Travel. Dollars must be new and perfect (no scratches, no spots). One hundred dollars notes have a better change. Dollars are the only way to pay some visits because local money is not accepted by government in most tourist attractions.

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    return flight from NPT to Yangaon

    by suvochat Written Dec 12, 2008

    Fondest memory: Returning from Nay Pyi Taw to Yangon was different experience. On the tarmac was one aircraft waiting and the waiting hall was full. As time passed there was no announcement about the departure. Sitting beside me was a European Lady, staff of one of the embassy and she said that though Nay Pyi Taw is the new capital but most of the Embassies have not shifted from Yangon due to lack of proper infrastructure. That day a number of Ambassadors had come for a meeting with the officials.The next thing she said was a shocker that the aircraft will take off for Yangon only after all the ambassadors reach the airport! Well the ambassadors reached late. This particular aircraft was a second world war vintage Dakota, better known as the bullock cart in the air! When we entered the aircraft it was like entering a furnace as there is no aircon system. The crew kept our hand baggage inside a cubicle marked as Toilet! The partition door between the passengers,cargo area and the cockpit was broken and you could see the pilots. Once everyone were seated a ground crew pulled one of the fans of the propeller and the engine sparked to life, now this was a revelation that there was no self starter in this aircraft and if the engine stalled mid air then we had it !! After the aircraft took off and slowly gained height things got cooler and then came the ultimate shocker the pilots suddenly covered the windscreen with newspaper to block the sunlight and they blocked their visual sight as well. I looked around and saw this lady looking straight at me with a smile and she said “let’s hope these guys know the route and don’t fly us straight into a hill” and then she winked!The landing was the bumpiest I ever experienced but we survived.

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    Getting Visa for Burma

    by travelagent4thailand Written Nov 5, 2008

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    Favorite thing: you get what you pay for...

    you guys make it sound so complicated. go to Sun Far Travel (48/5 Pan Road - same street as the embassy), pay visa + service fees, get iyour visa in a day or two, depending on your visa types.

    they will also endorse you papers for you. does not get easier than that.

    if you dont want to pay - then, you'd figure you can stand in line just like everyone else and hope your application passes. i am sure you all know that visa approvals are harder to come by for EU and US nationals?

    Fondest memory: The people - very warm, friendly, and down to earth as if you've always been a neighbor.

    Related to:
    • Women's Travel
    • Luxury Travel

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    Cash or Credit Card

    by cochinjew Written Sep 30, 2008

    Favorite thing: FEC were abolished in 2000 or thereabouts. unfortunately you need cash, crisp 100 dollar UNITED STATES currency, all the other currencies you dont get such good exchange as you can get for USD.. prices for tourists at hotels and transport are in USD..also in these places you may be able to use credit cards..there is a catch when a travel agent books a hotel for you he might be able to get it for you for 25 usd cash but if you book it and want to pay by credit card it might be 50 usd. in Burma, USD is the KING! you do not get good rates for baht, singapore dollars, malaysian ringitt, indian rupees etc. you can use kyat (the black market or regular rate which is close to 200 times the official rate!) for food, buying things in the market in indian town or chinatown in yangon, taxi fare in town.. a lot of use for kyats.. you are able to change travellers checks but a steep commission same with visa or cc withdrawals.

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    October in Myanmar ?

    by WStat Updated Aug 27, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Usually October is a great period for visiting Myanmar. Weather is quite good, although October is at the end of the rainy season, where one will encounter only short downpowers (if any), usually in the evening or during the night.
    October is yet the season of many very interesting and beautiful festivals, as for instance "Light Festival"around October 15th (all over the country) and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda-Festival, Inle Lake,Sep. 30 - Oct. 17, 2008
    See a schedule of all forthcoming festivals at
    http://travel-myanmar.net/festivals2008.htm

    Fondest memory: Myanmar - Asia, at it's best !

    Shwedagon Pagoda Shwedagon Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival
    Related to:
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    Beaches and beach customs

    by Mique Written Jul 7, 2008

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    Favorite thing: About the beaches. They are nice but they are nothing like Thai beaches. The burmese swim fully clothed. And there are no big parties going on. It is usually a family vacation. If you want beach life, go to Thailand. If you want culture, this is a good country. Plenty to visit and usually not nearly enough time to do so. It can include a bit of beach time of course. But there is little of real activity. You can hire a tire so you can float a bit in the surf, you can eat at the local restaurants (often attached to a resort at least the ones near the beach), There are usually no parasols (though we once asked a coconut seller to sell his to us so we would have a bit of shade). Anyway, i expect you get the picture.

    I have seen other westerners on the beach. Often from a great distance but they were easy to pick out, they were the ones in skimpy bathing attire.......

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    To go or not to go to Burma

    by bulldogtwo Updated May 24, 2008

    Favorite thing: Sorry but I have a different opinion as to if you should go. I almost never encourage people NOT to go somewhere for whatever reason, just because I believe that a bad experience is often a good one in a learning sense. After all, our world if full of good AND bad.

    I lived and worked in Burma for almost 2 years. I have seen what tourist dollars do 98% for the military junta and not the people. Two weeks ago there was a BBC Documentary interviewing many locals who clerarly stated that they do not want tourist to come as there money would only go to bolster the junta. I have read blogs and opinions from travellers who do not believe this. I guess that is their right to their opinion. I question what you can see, learn, and experience the harsh reality for what it is in a week or two. Fact of the matter is, many of the shop keepers, especially in Rangoon are either related to the military or support the junta in some form. That is why they are allowed to stay in business. People either don't know or forget that the Junta ran out almost the entire civilian population of Rangoon from the city in 1989, only a few have been aloowed to return since then. Only the families, extended families and supporters of the junta have been allowed to stay and they stole many people's property who were forced to leave.
    I believe that the recent typhoon disaster, the inactive and indifferent response from the junta to save life's and help their own people should have sent a strong enough message to the world body that this is a regime that doesn't care about their own people, or what the world thinks. They are not even trying to cover it up, they just don't care. Now they are asking the world for 10 BILIION US to rebuild. How much will really go to the people to help them, or to the junta?
    We are not helping the people at all. I believe that until they release Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest and allow her to take her seat as democratically elected leader, tourists should not go to BURMA.

    Sorry this was so long. I loved my time in Burma and had a great time with the people, but my old friends are no longer there in Rangoon and many I am sure are dead as many NLD members are. But I do not see enough people who are opposed to Burma travel, this is not like China or ther so called repressive regimes. All I ask is that travelers get educated about what is really going on before they ventrue there.

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    Internet cafe's

    by Mique Written Apr 27, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Internet is always an issue with people who come here (or people who live here for that matter). It can be incredibly slow (i've had a few times when just reading an email took me almost an hour and this was not with a dial-up connection). The internet connection is best in the early morning and late in the evening. During the day speed drops dramatically.

    Most (though not all) internet cafes can help you get to your email. Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail are officially banned. So are sites like BBC news, CNN, Blogger and such. But as said before, internet cafes can usually help you to access these sites anyway.

    2 good internet cafe's in downtown Yangon are Motherhome (next to the Mya Shan guesthouse) and the Castle. Both are on the street from Sule to Kandawgy Lake/Shwe Dagon. And at both places you can use your own laptop. An easier to find, but definitely not a good internet cafe is Cyber world (next to Aroma on the same street). Highly overprices with bad service and bad connections (and no laptop facilities).

    In Mandalay there are several decent internet cafes but in Bagan and Inle Lake you'll pay a lot for a dial-up connection. But if you really need to connect to the internet it is better then nothing...

    Me, i usually go to New World in the Pearl Center (Palei) but it is too far away for anyone staying downtown.

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    Incredibly useful

    by Mique Written Apr 27, 2008

    Favorite thing: One of the things i find most useful here in Burma is a fan. And it seems almost all women have one with them (and a fair few men). I have one in my bag, one in the baby bag, a few at school (the kids like to use them as well) and i use them on a regular basis to cool of a bit. I use the cheap plastic ones mostly since they're easy to carry around but i do have a really nice one (see picture) that i use too. It is made of sandal wood and smells very nice. These fans also make for nice souvenirs (they are sold at the Bogyoke market).

    The fans are useful in busy buses, waiting areas that have no fan/aircon, when you have just walked outside and need some cooler air or any other situation when you need to cool of a bit.

    Fans

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    Weather info

    by Mique Written Apr 27, 2008

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    Favorite thing: I thought i'd add these links so you can check the weather for when you get here. Always nice to know what you're in for. The links are for Yangon but other places can be checked as well.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/5day.shtml?world=2710&links (forecast)

    http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/48097.html (current conditions & forecast)

    Fondest memory: In this setting... The times when it is cool and no rain.... It seems like it is hot all the time. And as soon as it gets hot, i almost can't remember the cooler times

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