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Has anyone ever travelled in Myanmar during April 10 - 19

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Has anyone ever travelled in Myanmar during April 10 - 19

From what I have read April is a tricky time to be in Myanmar because it's the "Thingyan" water festival holiday time where many locals are on the move . Does anyone know if it is possible to buy train and bus tickets to visit Mandalay , Bagan , Inle Lake etc upon arriving 1 or 2 days before . I have sent emails to some Yangon agents but yet to receive any replies. I'll resend again but in the meantime any information would be much appreciated. Thanks

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1. Re: Has anyone ever travelled in Myanmar during April 10 - 19

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2. Re: Has anyone ever travelled in Myanmar during April 10 - 19

Hi, Travelbuzz,

you should travel by flight.It's safe.If you go with Domestic flight,Air Mandalay is safe.I fly with this.

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Thanks for comments. Looks like only way you can book a flight is through a local agent as the Myanmar airline companies are not setup for online bookings and credit card payments. Budget guesthouses will only take bookings with payment up front through western union money transfer .

So only accomodation prebooking options are with booking.com or Agoda.com I picked a bad time to visit..........

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5. Re: Has anyone ever travelled in Myanmar during April 10 - 19

Hi travelbuzz.

I will be in Burma at this time too and am also worried about getting around and booking accommodation. Wish I'd known about the water fest before I booked my flights! I'm just crossing my fingers and hoping for the best!

Did you manage to book accommodation in the end?

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Thanks for feedback guys. Yesterday I got a suggested 8 day tour quote from Manie Sithu Tours for Yangon >Bagan > Mandalay .

Yangon for $1449 !!. Way too much for my liking. Since found more info from - http://wikitravel.org/en/Myanmar and http://wikitravel.org/en/Yangon. Got a reply finally from a Yangon guesthouse with private air-con rooms for $25 per nite. I have to send $25 thru western union transfer to secure booking for my 2 nites. ----motherlandinn2@gmail.com

They also offer free pick up and drop off from the airport which saves you about $10 each way in a taxi as its' about 30 - 40 minutes drive. Myanmar is going to be a challenge which is half the fun , sometimes , will have to make it up as i go and hope I can get a flight or train or a bus to Mandalay , Bagan and Inle lake which are must see places. I have emailed other guesthouses but only received one reply in past week. When i travelled Europe and Asia in the 80's and 90's, before internet ,you just turned up and did everything as you went and it worked out ok.. Good luck with your research....

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7. Re: Has anyone ever travelled in Myanmar during April 10 - 19

I will be in Myanmar during 9-22 Apr... Right through the whole festival... Didn't realize it could be a problem. Guess I need to look at something asap now...

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8. Re: Has anyone ever travelled in Myanmar during April 10 - 19

The itinerary I was offered was quite substantial but tours for one are invariably more costly than being part of a tour group and sharing the cost. I'm sure things will work out ok. It's just that I have noticed comments like book as early as possible if travelling in April during the water festival. So it may pay to do some forward planning.....

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I picked that time to go cuz I want to celebrate the festival with local ppl... Yeah, I'm going by myself, and I will start from Mandalay and end in Yangon. Hope it will work out:-(

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