I was planning to travel to Laos in May and I have been putting together a bit of a plan. We will book the return flights to Singapore and fill in the gaps later. But, my partner has just thought it might be a good idea to go to Myanmar instead. Anyone been lately?
Myanmar might be cool someday, but for now I would suggest staying away. I met plenty of Burmese refugees in Thailand, and they were incredible people, but they all said that they would never go back to their homeland.
I'm not even sure if entering Myanmar would be possible...maybe if you were in a relief/aid organization, but even then chances are slim because of Myanmar's closed economy and relations with the rest of the world... about 10 years ago
You can walk across the border into Myanmar from the north of Thailand. It is quite cheap to get a day visa and you just have to rock up on the day but I am pretty sure the money you pay goes straight in to the pockets of the officials. That said the border areas are over run with touts so be prepared to spend the day fending off people trying to sell you stuff you don't need. I struggle to justify putting extra money in to the pockets of the Military Junta that runs Burma so unless you can find some independent operators to support I would spend more time in Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. about 10 years ago
I've just spent 3 weeks trekking through Myanmar. I flew into Yangon then went south to the beaches. After that i jumped a flight up to Bagan (better than Angkor Wat in Cambodia) then made my way south through Mandalay, Lake Inlay and back to Yangon. The scenery is amazing, the culture is awesome and the people's friendliness will blow you away.
You can get a Day pass into Myanmar from Mae Song on the northern Thailand/ Myanmar border but you are restricted in where you can travel. Not too bad if you are short on time and from Mae Song you can easily travel across to Laos. about 9 years ago