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Seven things you should know better before your trip to Burma
There are 7 ways to help you plan your journey to Burma. However, in comparison to other Southeast Asian nations, you are expecting higher rates and, often, not exactly what I would call "value for money" option. At first, at least for the moment, you cannot reach Burma from the country, which means that you have to fly from Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore or China to Yangon anyway.
Secondly, while there are many domestic services to major destinations, airlines are costly (usually just under $100 per flight). While there are a few luxurious, high-end guesthouses and resort properties, you should be advised that they are very costly and in most cases heavily tied to the government.
And last but not least, since domestic air travel is so costly, busses are also quite pricey, considering that most of the time you are travelling with old cars and have to buy a cab to get to the nearest train station, which is always far away. On the major roads of Yangon and Mandalay, transport is like hell.
The Peopleare are by far (at least in my opinion) the best part of Burma. Myanmar is only partially open and besides the classic route (usually Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake) many areas are still either locked or only open with specific permissions. That means planning a journey well in advance, and often the only way to get to these areas is through public controlled and usually very costly personal trips (plus, it's not even that simple to know if it's really necessary in terms of timing and cost).
If you are an independant traveller like me, you will finally continue along the well-trodden paths and explore the classical places and toures. First, you have to be conscious that you have to spend a great deal of time to travel to Burma. Travelling with lots of currency is not an optional, but a must, as you cannot use your bank account or ATM.
It also means that you need to be careful in planning your budgets so as not to run into financial difficulties. If you travel alone for a long time, like me, it's pretty upsetting. Usually I try to have as little currency as possible with me, if necessary I try to draw and make payment by cred.
Admission to the Yangon Islands is $5 per person, they often charge a storage charge, in some places I was asked to buy a photograph and the schedule goes on. We never talk about large amounts, but in the evenings you will find that you have to invest a lot of it.
Better off in Bagan and Inle Lake, where you get a one-time entry ticket for one whole city. Aside from the cost, it's irritating that it's not clear where (maybe I should tell to whom) the cash goes, and that sometimes made me discomfort.
I' ve lived in a beautiful guest house with indoor and outdoor pools in Bagan and I can tell you that it makes a big deal when you have a place to recover from the heats. In Bagan, the great country with its thousand sanctuaries, new stupa were even constructed between the old historic stupa after the 1975 quake hit the town.
Sule and Shwedagon in Yangon have very little remaining of their pristine shells. It would come as no surprise to me if the cost in Burma continued to rise. In addition to travel reports, SImon has held training and workshop sessions, worked with tourist associations on various aspects of online advertising campaigning and has been a lecturer at various conferences.