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A Few Myanmar Trip Hints - Myanmar Forum
I' ve just got back from an exodus bike ride through Myanmar (Burma by Bike) and while I was doing a travel report for the business, I thought it might be useful to publish some of my rather accidental hints for other travellers here, if anyone here finds them useful. So we drove to Yangon, went to Heho, went to Inle Lake, Pindaya, Mandalay, Monywa and Bagan.
In spite of what Lonely Planet says, we found that the currency conversion rate for Yangon International was better than anywhere else on the whole trip (860k yats for $100 USD). When you stay in Nyaungshwe at Inle Lake, a visit to the Red Mountain Winery is a great way to drink one or two hours of fine wines in a lovely courtyard with views of the scenery around, and it is ideal for sundown.
- the Rainforest Cafe in Mandalay was easy, but amazing. - The Yangon Monsoon was noble and exzellent (making a booking again), and the top floor dealers were great for cozy hangouts and UK pub-style cuisine. Burma is currently completely full of visitors - I was almost never so touristic anywhere (obviously more around the well-trodden paths of Inle Lake, Mandalay and Bagan; less in other areas, but even by bike through outlying areas, we were clearly not a big innovation, and we saw visitors everywhere).
Bigger diners always seem to be filled with several groups at giant desks. You can be sure that this is not true and is probably the result of speculations by those who took the buses on the major highways. During my 2-week bike ride I was very seldom on a bustling street (only around Mandalay).
The majority of our bike tours took place on calm rural streets, where maybe every 20 min a small motorbike, a coach drove past, mostly small bikes, locals and many cars dragged by buffaloes.