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how to get to Mynamar? get around?

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  • Added on: June 1st, 2011
Hello, I am flying into Bangkok and was going to head up to Chiang Mai and fly out to Mandalay, but don't know if this flight is still available? Once in Myanmar can I travel by land easily?
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Things change in Myanmar but the usual route is to fly from Bangkok into Yangon (Rangoon), the Motherland 2 Inn offers free pickup at the airport & can arrange onward travel to Mandalay.

Personally I used & recommend the train to Mandalay, bus also available, them the slow boat to Bagan, then bus back to Yagon.
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The biggest issue most people face when visiting Myanmar is the personal desire NOT to support the government. As such, conscientious travellers avoid the train, internal flights and the boats. They also stay at private hotels and eat at private restaurants. This is your choice.

As for logistics, there are a lot of places you can't go. Generally it's the border areas of the country. Rangoon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake are the most popular destinations within the country. All easy to get to.
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Thanks so much for the tips guys! So, as far as safety goes.. is it relatively safe for a solo female traveler? This is my first trip by myself and I am definitely out of my comfort zone, but very much up for the challenge. However, it would be nice to know if there are some sketchy places I might want to avoid.

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Fluffy_bunny wrote:The biggest issue most people face when visiting Myanmar is the personal desire NOT to support the government. As such, conscientious travellers avoid the train, internal flights and the boats. They also stay at private hotels and eat at private restaurants. This is your choice.

As for logistics, there are a lot of places you can't go. Generally it's the border areas of the country. Rangoon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake are the most popular destinations within the country. All easy to get to.


IMHO the so called "conscientious travelers" who avoid trains & boats to deprive the government of a few cents tax, are making NO difference to the government but are depriving the vendors at the rail stations & the ones on the boats, much needed hard cash. Thus doing more harm to the people than the government, their dollars also help subsidize the trains/boats which the locals also use :!:
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mrisajne wrote:Thanks so much for the tips guys! So, as far as safety goes.. is it relatively safe for a solo female traveler? This is my first trip by myself and I am definitely out of my comfort zone, but very much up for the challenge. However, it would be nice to know if there are some sketchy places I might want to avoid.


Burns is one of the safest places I've ever been. You won't be able to travel many places outside the Yangon-Inle Lake-Mandalay-Bagan quadrangle. I went to Kyaiktiyo, my companion went to Maulmyein, and you can usually go to Hsipaw too. Border areas are off-limits. Chin state, and most of Shan Division are too.

The people were my favorite of anywhere in the world. If you want to do something good, buy a bunch of English literature paperbacks in BKK to give to people.

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Is that right? I will definitely have to do that then! So, as long as I stay away from the borders I should be ok? How much time should I allot myself? I was thinking at least 10 days..

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You can likely do Yangon-Mandalay-Hsipaw-Bagan in 10 days but would need 2 weeks if Inle Lake was added.

Agree with Felix on safety + the nicest people, you will also meet more serious backpackers as the Khoa san Road partiers tend to stay away.
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  • Added on: June 3rd, 2011
and do you definitely recommend Inle Lake? I am in Asia for two months, however, I am trying to many of the highlights since this will be my first time. Your guys' advice is really appreciated, I was a little skeptical about Myanmar (getting around, safety) but knew it was a tragedy to miss it. If there is any other info that would be helpful please send it my way, this has all been a tremendous help. :)

More now than ever I am regretting not using the money I got from a house to do a RTW trip, and I wish I had more time!

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I would recommend Inle Lake as it's different from the other areas, local buses are typical older crowded Asian type but were safe. Had a new tourist coach on the overnight trip from Inle Lake back to Yangon.
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