"Myanmar" Top 5 Page for this destination Burma by grets

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I am not prepared to go into the right or wrong about travel to Myanmar, or its political correctness.

I thoroughly enjoyed our time in Myanmar and found the people very friendly, a fascinating culture, lack of tourism and some amazing architecture.

I wrote a diary during our travels, and most of the tips are taken from that, interspersed with some facts from various sources.

Original itinerary

Day 1 - Fly to Bangkok

Day 2 - Fly to Yangon

Day 3 - In Yangon

Day 4 - Fly to Mandalay.

Day 5 - Amarapura & Sagaing

Day 6 - Irrawaddy River Cruise

Day 7 - Irrawaddy River Cruise

Day 8 - Bagan. Mount Popa

Day 9 - Balloon flight over temples. Bagan

Day 10 - Flight to Heho. Inle Lake

Day 11 I- nle Lake. Drive to Pindaya

Day 12 - Trekking to hilltribe villages. Overnight in Monastery

Day 13 - Trek back to Pindaya

Day 14 - Flight to Yangon. Ferry to Twante

Day 15 - To Kyaktiyo

Day 16 - Return to Yangon, flight to Bangkok, flight to London

Amended Itinerary

The above itineray was changed for a couple of reasons:

We decided to go to Twante on Day 3 as there was the Festival of Light on Day 14 - a great day for visiting Shwedagon Pagoda.

I ended up with very bad bronchitis as well as dysentery, so the trek was cancelled and time spent in Pindaya instead.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:People, architecture and culture. Shwedagon, one of the most magical places on earth
  • Cons:Political situation
  • In a nutshell:Make your own mind up about going
  • Last visit to Burma: Nov 2001
  • Intro Updated Aug 4, 2004
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  • boasnovas's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Great pages!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Nice page grets, i am considering this as a possible next destination.

  • mad4travel's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    So here I come to VT for a few Burma tips and guess who has the No 1 slot! Some handy stuff here Grete, thanks!

  • halikowski's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Wonderful, did you get to Shwe Sayan (nr. Mandalay)? Stefan

  • Maxus's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2008 at 3:12 AM

    Wonderful, I so want to go

  • Dec 31, 2007 at 12:47 PM

    Happy new year 2008! Nikos from Greece and Emmy from Thailand.

  • BorderHopper's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2007 at 1:40 PM

    As individual travelers I believe we have the right to travel wherever we want. If political correctness dictated what destinations we choose we’d miss out. Most of us here aren’t politicians. Maybe SB is. Great page. Thanks for sharing your travels w/ us

  • salimbag's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2007 at 6:55 AM

    And why aren't you willing to discuss the "right or wrong or political correctness of going to Burma?" You obviously know there's a problem and went anyway or you wouldn't have made that statement.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2007 at 12:01 AM

    What a wonderful trip ! A country I would like to see by myself, but.. well, your last local customs tip is what prevented me so far. Lovely people and wonderful food I see :-) And the dung and lacquer deco made me laugh :-))

  • AlbuqRay's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2007 at 9:09 PM

    Grete, thanks for the well-written, informative tips on Myanmar. It is really helpful to have such detail and breadth of coverage.

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