Where to Travel in MyanmarTravelling in Myanmar
Whilst this is by no means an exhausting and certainly constantly growing as less known or more challenging places become more easily available to tourists from abroad, here are some of the most visited places for travelers. Famous for its stunning rises and sets with skyline of these remains on the skyline, it is often the spectacle that attracts overseas tourists to Myanmar.
For many, this walk, during which you descend from the mountain and interact with native mountain people, is a highpoint.
From Thazi, the railway takes you to Shwenyaung, another city on the shores of the sea, from where it is only 12 km by car to the mentioned Nyaungshwe.
You' ll have seen the best of the ride when you stop in Kalaw, which you'll get to in about 7h. Have a look at a short movie of the Thazi slowly-railway. Myanmar's last imperial capitol (then Burma) and the country's second-biggest town.
For most passengers the coach is the means of transportation of choise.
From Yangon we also took the railway to Golden Rock (not on the way back, as there is almost always several hour delay on the way back). If you are not travelling by rail between the towns, we suggest the Yangon Town Circular Trains, which will give you an insight into the suburban areas of the town for just 15c!
Maybe you want to keep smaller memos, as you can use $US in many places in Myanmar and it can be useful to be able to specify accurate sums and not end up with many changes locally.
But cash dispensers are now being rapidly deployed and can now be found at the airport and in most towns and resorts. This means that it is not as easy as going to any ATM and access your cash, even if this ATM has the same global icons as your overseas credit cardhold.
Usually we depend on an ATM when we are traveling and blocking an ATM here or there, we have always found an ATM that accepts my ANZ Visa credit cards from Australia and my Shinsei credit cards from Japan.
If you can't really use your map there, I was wondering why it was an optional.
As a rule, we depend on my ANZ and our Japanese maps. Shark tried the KBZ ATM, but it didn't work. It has never been so cute to hear the sounds of an ATM flicking through banknotes! Had I been traveling alone, my next move would probably have been a prepayment on my plasticine.
Or, if everything else had gone wrong, I might even have had to buy a low-cost ticket to Thailand with my major international bank account, get enough cash from an ATM and then fly back!
Since we had not expected to use Hai's Commonwealth Bank cards for this journey, she did not have enough currency for the entire itinerary.
While we used these invoices to buy once coach passes and also to buy a few beverages at the airfield when we had some Kyoto with us, we didn't want to smash big banknotes.
Of course you can return your funds at the airfield, but as we plan to return to Myanmar, we have chosen to keep what we had in mind for our next outing.
After that, there's nowhere left to change your cash. Although Myanmar has a complex story and is still evolving its relations with the outside worlds, the land is probably much more'worldly' today than many imagined. A lot of locals will speak frankly about the historical and peculiar circumstances of the state.
And believe me, if you deal with the locals, there is an opportunity to speak and find out more about the policies in the state. As travelers in Myanmar, we felt completely secure.
They are very friendly and supportive, and you will certainly see the signposts at railway stops and touristic sites all over the countryside saying: "Welcome! We weren't even concerned that we could sleep on the carriers on the night trains with our unsealed pockets.
This does not mean that there are never crimes in Myanmar; it does. Our experiences show that Myanmar was not a place where we were worried about our currency belt and closing our rucksacks. Indeed, the willingness to help and the general sincerity of the humans was really soothing. A lot of folks say that Myanmar is an exceedingly pricey place to go, but it's only pricey if you do.
One of the most likely causes why we felt so comfortable in Myanmar was that in general they were very sincere about the price and did not try to overtax you. I had done a great deal of research on the prizes before I left and also asked about the costs of the things from the inns we lived in, and it was so good that most of us asked for the precise price, even if they could probably have asked for more, and many attendees wouldn't have been smarter or just wasted.
The locals didn't seem to do it, and when we saw that other folks were buying objects, they would pay the same amount as we did. There' s sometimes a place and sometimes a place for negotiations, and there will be one or two cab drivers who try their fortune with an extreme question (mostly those who wait at coach stops), but most have not done so and we have still been able to reach the price with minimum outlay.
There are many places that have to pay charges for foreign nationals and not for natives or higher charges for visitors.
Oh, have we heard so many tales about the horrific state of Wi-Fi in Myanmar. "It was the most horrible thing in Southeast Asia," many said. "A" said other disgruntled travelers.
So we went with a firm named Ooredoo and got a 1-month 3. 5GB file that also gave us a city number and 30 min on the phone for the ludicrously low cost of 7,500 Kie. It is strongly recommended that you take a Myanmar travel with you. Even if you do not use it, it is useful to have a phone number to be reachable and to be able to talk to hotels or guidebooks everywhere, especially if for some reasons you cannot get Wi-Fi.
There are widespread outages in Myanmar. We also took a recharged battery with us for added comfort, so that we could recharge cell phone and battery cameras in such cases, or just in case we had to use and recharge them often before we could return to our next lodging or find them.
There was no problem using English in Myanmar. Buying your own rail ticket was simple, even if the tags were all in Burmese. Nearly all the other guys we were in contact with, like cabbies and those who worked at the railway yard teas, had some basic knowledge and could at least tell us the cost.
We were asked if we should be taken to the railway stations or my "choo cool choo" noises (haha) - they still use Myanmar DMUs - but that was easy to solve with our SIMs. Were you in Myanmar?