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Myanmar (Burma): 2016
Burma has been somewhat open to the tourist industry since the 1990', but due to a major conflict within its boundaries and a high degree of anxiety about the regime, the number of visitors was quite low. Burma is a land on the threshold of great changes. Myanmar's web, together with a now steady flow of Westerners, is bringing new insights and culture to the population.
Whether this is advantageous or detrimental to Myanmar's own civilization will remain to be seen, but one thing is certain: go now. Myanmar will be changing for better and for better, and right now it is a snap-shot of the times; the story is in the making. I combed through small tourist blogs and the big name travelers before my journey, but I had a terrible period to find up-to-date itineraries.
So I' ll give you the latest information from my March 2016 journey. At the website of the goverment you are paying 50 dollars, uploading a photo of yourself and within a few working hours you will have your visas! Please be cautious, as it is 90 day long and the timer will start when you get it in your inbox.
They can only be in Myanmar for 28 nights. Simply show your Mandalay or Yangon airports your visas and you are GOOD. Armed domination is over, but there are still areas in Myanmar that are insecure for tourism and that cannot be visited by the state.
Stay in well-worn areas like Bagan, Kalaw, Mandalay, Yangon, Hsipaw and Inle Lake and you'll be well. For 10 and a half years I was a single traveller in Myanmar and felt very secure. I' ve also seen a few other single travellers, but it seemed that there were mainly pairs or groups of mates who travel.
In the early evenings I went back to my youthful home on Lake Inle, and a teenager on a bicycle came up to me and showed me his wien. but as a woman, we can't always leave each other indifferent. From Mandalay airport I took the plane to Yangon.
There are many others who do the opposite, while some begin in Yangon, go up and then return to Yangon. I' ve toured from Kalaw to Inle Lake (blog is about to come over the whole adventure!) and it can take a day or two, according to which tour you like. I' ve bought $33 for a night's peace, two days' lunch and transportation.
Add $10 for the entrance to Inle Lake, which you must cover even if you arrive by coach or rail. From Inle Lake I was flying to Yangon, which was worrying in a land that was still in the process of development in its aviation industries. It felt secure even though there were safety hazards at this airfield (our luggage was handed in and then abandoned in a stack in the check-in hall without anyone seeing it.....) and the plane was beautiful.
It' not cheaper, but I have been saving precious times. You' ll be reading on-line that there are no ATM machines in Myanmar and that you have to put all your money in big stones on your skulls. And even the most popular of the pagodas, Shwedagon in Yangon, has an ATM inside.
There are many cash machines in Mandalay, Bagan, Kalaw, Inle Lake and Yangon. Fortunately my map worked and I have issued everywhere Kyoto (ATMS gives only Kyat). Other two travellers said their funds were pleated and not received in trade, so please handle these bucks well. To go to Myanmar is like travelling through the ages.
But before my journey I went out and purchased long dresses, elephants trousers, thin sweaters and scarves for my journeys and to discover the temple. Inle Lake I also used to wear short on my cycling tour because I tried it in a long gown and spend most of my days keeping it from going.
It' like a badass rock, and it's all the rage, even among travellers. Myanmar is a Buddhist country and 90 per cent of Myanmar people do it. In Bagan, the goverment recently promulgated a bill that would prevent visitors from visiting a temple (this is the only way to see the sun set and sunrise!), because visitors dance, sleep and are probably only a nuisance on these old shrines.