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Old 10-28-2003, 07:42 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,

Myanmar was incredible. I just finished updating my website with my travelogue and photos. You can read it at: http://home.earthlink.net/~mikedemana/
Scroll down the list of countries to Myanmar and click on it. If you get a chance, let me know what you think.

I really feel more travelers need to add this country to their list. Especially with so many going to Thailand, it's and easy hop over.

I found the people incredibly friendly, helpful, most speak English very well, and prices are cheap. When I'd go to a restaurant, most of the time my meal cost me little more than a $1 -- and these weren't "holes in the wall," but good restaurants. Speaking of which, the food was great -- think of a cross between Thai, Indian and Chinese. At least that is what I found available in the restaurants I went to.

Yangon is pretty spread out, but walkable. Lots of trees and green space, so it isn't a high density, "urban jungle" like, say Bangkok. If the heat and humidity get too much for you, taxis are ridiculously cheap...the most I paid was $1.20 or so. Credit cards really haven't made the scene yet, so this is a cash carrying country. It is roughly 1000 kyat (pronounced "chat") to the dollar, and the biggest bill I saw was a 1,000. So, expect to carry a wad.

Anyway, I encourage everyone to consider Myanmar (Atchoum, this means you! :D ). The more we visit, the outside influence, the harder it will be for the regime to keep it clamped down.

If anybody has any questions, feel free to ask!

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so its all true. thailand is really cheap, sounds like something to consider...im not much 4 heat and humidity, at night it can be ok. alot of bugs then i take it? i would have never thought u would speak english.. did u stay near the tourist areas...well good 2 hear it all went well.
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WOW! These temples and stupas are STUPAfying!

Awesome!
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Thanks, Voyd, I wouldn't have known how to do that!

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Wow WWM!

I'm keeping this one in mind! :D
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Hey Mike! I am really happy to hear you enjoyed Myanmar and the people were friendly!

Is the currency still in denominations of 9? When my family and I went all notes were in denominations of 9 as that was the Kings favourite number! CRAZY!

Great report! I've enjoyed reading all of your travel logs!

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WWM, WOW, what a gret time you must have had...those pics on your site are amazing and your break down of the trip is classic..you should be a writer for a paper or something!!! Its always great to hear a good review of " the road less travelled", I think more trav'las need to choose that road....in the end it makes for better stories, and you always get a wicked reaction " Wow, you've been there???" I get that when peps find out I packed through Cuba. I hope your review enspires people to travel to Myanmar, because I trust what you have to say and what you recommend, I would for sure go there!

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Great pictures of your trip WWM!

I would definitely would like to add Myanmar to my future travel list.
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Thanks, guys.

The currency is no longer in 9's -- actually, you have to watch out for those because I'm pretty sure they're no longer valid. That's why they say not to do the black market changing, but then again, don't go to a bank, either. The rate fluctuates and it is recommended to get the best, safest exchange, to do it at a hotel. Just to show how funky it can be, if I had gone to my hotel cashier, my rate would have been worse than when I walked down the hall and went to one of the hotel's own shops! So, I exchanged at the hotel shop, then walked the stack of 500 kyat notes down to the cashier and had her give me 1000s for some of them, to make it easier to carry.

Hey, if everything was the same, it would take all the fun out of travel!

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wwm- i hate you! Now i have ANOTHER country added to my list! aaargh.

beautiful pix you lucky duck.
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