you can use New High Way Road( Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw) for quickly.But you must drive slowly
for your safety,100 kilometres per hour.And then you can travel Nay Pyi Taw to Bagan by
highway bus.You can stay Nyun Oo township which is near Bagan.Some native are work as
tourist guide.You can hire them for a day.they may help you for smooth travel.You can by
handicraft at Shwe Sie Gon Pagoda.Good luck...
I believe that all visitors need an entry visa into Myanmar.
Before I could travel to Myanmar, I had to apply for an entry visa. It cost me about US$50 (incl. processing) and submitted my passport to the Myanmar embassy.
I submitted the following :
- a visa application form consisting information on your stay, including your profession, other details
- if you're there on business, an invitation letter from the government is required
- 2 photos with white background
- passport with at least 6 months validity on it
Advisable to submit your documents well ahead of time (at least a week or more)
Favorite thing: Visitors to Myanmar are required to specify their occupations on the embarkation cards in the airlines' logoes issued by the airlines flying to Yangon. Myanmar is very strict. The Embassy of Myanmar in Singapore requires documentary proof of visitors' occupations.
It is fairly difficult to get dark bread anywhere in Yangon (or in Burma for that matter). Some of the bigger hotels sell bread. I know for sure that the Sedona, Inya Lake Hotek, and the Traders do so. They both have a little shop in the entrance hall where they sell a fairly wide range of breads for about $3 a piece. They also have croissants, rolls and such things. They also have a small selection of cheese. The Sedona sels things half price after 19.00.
But my favorite place for bread and cheese is Sharky's. The owner has lived in Switserland for many years and that is where he learned his bread and cheese-making skills. He also makes excellent yoghurts. It isn't the cheapest place in town but definitely worth every dollar you spend there (or the equivalent in kyats). They also have other goodies for the people who on occasion want something aside asian food or the limited choice of the western dishes in the restaurants in Yangon.
Sharky's now has an outlet on Inya road just next to the Savoi hotel. Much easier to get to. And the choice is excellent. Do bring plenty of money though .....
On the other side of the Savoy Hotel (On Dhammazedi Road) Sharley's now has a very nice restaurant where they serve the best pizza in town...
Fondest memory: Sharkey's
Inya Road, almost next to the Savoi Hotel
This website is very very recent but it is a great way of finding out what is happening in Yangon. Ok, i admit that Yangon isn't and probably won't be on the list of the world's most favorite hotspots but it is getting better and better...
I just had a look (having had the link in my email box via people i know here) and i never knew we could enjoy jazz here in Yangon. So imagine my surprise that there is a jazz concert this wednesday. I will attend no doubt about that....
Favorite thing: I was advised before going to Burma of the fact that the power was cut in the major cities without warning....This I'm not sure if it was a conservation programme or the system was just in mealtdown...think it was the latter...Most big buisinesses and hotels have large backup generators out front to cope with these outages...the small buisnesses are suffering as they can't afford such items...A torch is always handy for such a time also at night as there is very little street lighting...another handy time is when you maybe inside a temple or Pagoda...
I am not a tourist but live in Myanmar and always travelling around the country so that some of my advices might help you.
( a ) It is safe to travel in Myanmar. People are very friendly to tourists.
( b ) Current situation is calm and quiet. On 10th of May, we have referendum about new constitution and people wait what is the result and .......
( c ) To obtain Myanmar visa at the airport, you must pre-arrange with a local travel agency and it will take about three weeks. You need to give particulars and photo by email and agency will arrange through different government offices. It can cost between around 50 USD more or less.
( d ) June is neither the best time nor the worst time to visit in Myanmar. It has some advantages as low tourists, green landscapes as it is rainning, cheaper accommodation. But some dis-advantages are rainning may be, some flights and boat services cancelled due to low tourists and cloudy days.
( e ) Visiting Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Lake Inle are called classic tour and must see for the first time travellers. There are plenty of places to visit around as the country is quite big. You can have many advices in forums from people.
there are many places to see colourful tribe people. ie.. Kalaw, lake Inle, Kakku, Pindaya, Kengtung, Hsipaw, Namhsan, Mrauk-U, Chin hill, Myitkyina and more as we have more than 135 tribe people all around the country. The most easiest and cheapest place is near Kalaw.
( f ) You can travel from Mandalay to Lake Inle quite easily by flight, taxi or by mini bus. It takes 7 hrs by taxi. but trekking is not possible between this two places. Train service is not very comfortable and takes more time. Need to get up early and arrive midnight mostly.
So I think this info can be helpful. Have a great travel. People from Myanmar welcome you.
Fondest memory: Late evening at Shwedagon Pagoda
If you have been traveling around Burma for a while you might find that you are in dire need of some more western things. Yoghurt, milk, cheese, chocolate, pringles and what -not. There is a decent size of that on offer (for Burmese standards) at the City Mart supermarkets. And these supermarkets are dotted around town. One of those is when you follow Sule Pagoda Rd across the railway tracks and then on your right-hand side. The one in Yankin centre is bigger but for that you need to hire a taxi from downtown (1500 -2000 ks one way). Most of the time those supermarkets have milk, cheese and stuff like that. But brands can be completely sold out and things like yoghurt can really be a hit-and-miss affair (same with cheese).
The 2 branches of the city mart that i just mentioned (there are more but i've never been to those) have also a Seasons bakery next to them. Here you can get very decent sandwiches, bread and other goodies. They will not have any other breads than white breads though
When you go to Myanmar, take plenty of US$$ - including extra for potential emergency - which happened to us. We read that the Myanmar Mayflower bank has ATM service, but did not see any of these branches. In this event, with the exception of some large hotels, there are also no credit card facilities. If you run out of cash, you will be forced to find one of these hotels, and accept a fairly hefty fee, of 30%+ for getting a cash advance - in kyat.
In Yangon, its very easy to find money changers - which is still supposed to provide the best exchange. Some are furtive fellows on street corners, but mostly at the Bogyoke Aung San Market, which is the large tourist market in the city - also known by the British name, Scott Market.
There are plenty of changers standing around in the market, who will discretely ask if you want "money change"? You then negotiate the rate - useful to get a few quotes. Then you can exchange a few US notes for a huge wad of kyat! As with some other SE Asian countries, you may get a better exchange for crisp new notes.
Some guesthouses will insist on $US anyway, and you can opt to pay for some things at larger shops or restaurants, with $$. However, business is predominantly done in kyat - and change is always in the local currency.
It is wise to count the money to ensure that you are given the correct amount. It is a big wad, and you can be easily deceived.
Fondest memory: First time changers! We were walking through the market, approached by a changer, who had the whole subterfuge scenario persona worked out! Most of the changers were somewhat more relaxed and open!
(last date visited - April 18, 2007)
The Castle Cafe
rate per hour - 400 Kyat
printing - 1 page for 100 Kyat
142-146 2nd Floor, Sule Pagoda Rd.
Kyauktada, Township, Yangon
Rate per hour - 500 kyat
Printing - 100 kyat/page
#50B Yae Kyaw Road, Pazundaung
Phone # 95-1-293042
Internet/hour : 410 Kyats
#85 Bogyoke Aung San Rd.
Between 49th & 50th St.
Phone number: 4411267
(last date visited - April 3, 2007)
100 US $ = 124,000 Kyat
Mother Land Inn 2 Hotel
#433 Lower Pazundaung Road
Burma, the most peaceful safest country i have ever been. Its genuinely kind people, their zen way of life , its Pagodas, its landscape specially Inle lake & Bagan !
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Rangoon was when visiting the most beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda with a monk. While staying at Rangoon, i got to learn what meditation was. I was impressed by it and decided to go on a meditation introduction course. It was awesome.
Experiencing the Shwedagon at sunset is the most special part of a visit to Rangoon. Walking around the base of the majestic Shwedagon, which is surrounded by 64 smaller pagodas and numerous temples and pavillions, is awe-inspiring. As you stroll the grounds of the compound, the warm evening air is sweet with the perfume of incense and flowers offered by the faithful, and the sound of the voices of young Buddhist nuns chanting prayers in the ancient Pali language mingles with the shimmering melodies of the countless small brass bells that adorn the pagodas and the penetrating low tomes of larger bells weighing several thousand pounds and housed in ornate pavillions as they are struck three times by the faithful, symbolic of the Three Gems of Buddhism: refuge in The Buddha, refuge in the teachings of The Buddha, and refuge in the monks (Boda, Dharma, Sanga). The images and sensations remain long after you've left and become fond memories.
Fondest memory: The Shwedagon amazing temple complex
Favorite thing: Our family vacation took place in Rangoon,Bagan,Inle lake,Mandalay and Myitkyina for 27 days,accompanied by a registered tour guide named Kyaw Zay Latt@Eugene.He is a resourceful guide.It was he who made our family vacation to Myanmar (Burma)a wonderful experience.I do recommend him to all other would-be-visitors to Myanmar.Though often on a tour to the remote areas,he is based in Rangoon.His contact email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.Daily rate is $20.
Favorite thing: The tourist boycott is no longer an issue as no-one within the country is calling for it to be enforced. Also tourism is a very minor source of income for the country, so it would have no effect. The Myanmar economy is based on trade with India, Japan and China, so only if these countries chose to cease trading would an economic boycott have some influence. Additionally, most of the population is now resigned to the current regime and there is no longer a big appetite for change, outside a shrinking number of activists. It is said that at the crucial time a few years back there was a general lack of courage in the population to make that final sacrifice and push for change, which occurred in so many other countries.