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I have a spare week up my sleeve in February and thinking about heading to Myanmar, staying in Yangon and Bagan.

What do I need to know before I go?

Visa on arrival?

Best things to do in a week?

Not to miss places? (I was initially thinking Mandalay, but have been persuaded against it)

Cultural sensitives?

Weather? Security? Limitations?

Asked by LisaF via Site_iconWorldNomads.com

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    Burma ie an UNBELIEVABLE country !!!
    It is fantastic!

    About the Visa on arrival, I suggest You to check to the embassy; I've been there some year ago and I had to get a visa outside of Burma. A great place to get a visa is Bangkok. It works better and easier than many other consulates of Burma in Europe, for instance.
    1 or 2 years ago they finally even opened the land border from Thailand, so You can go there by car from-to Chiang Mai.

    A part the visa deal ...
    I suggest You to do not spend a lot of time in Yangon ...
    2 days would be enough because the country is AMAZING, really ...
    In Yangon, I should visit DALAH ... just taking a ferry. is a good 1 day trip. I loved that!
    (and of course, visit Shwedagon) ... but then, move on ...

    Not to miss places?
    Hundreds!

    The Golden Rock, Amarapura, Bagan, the Inle Lake ...
    You would need 1 months at least ...
    They finally opened even the Mrauk tribe area, on the mountains ...
    Ask tour operators, really ... here I can not describe You all this amazing places ...

    About Weather ...
    Like all that places in that area, You have dry season and rain season ...
    February is a good period. But remember that it could be chilly if You go on the mountains so, take some jacket with You.

    Security and Limitation?
    Well ... It depends ... some area is still closed to visitors, but as every dictatorial country ... it is a very very safe place. At the time I've been there, stole a camera to a tourist was = 8 years in prison ... so, no, don't worry. It's a very safe country (unfortunately).

    Good luck everybody!
    Pietro about 4 years ago

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