Travel to Burma / Myanmar – Episode 85

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Burma / Myanmar

The Amateur Traveler talks with Marianne about a recent trip to Burma/ Myanmar.

We talk about visas, Rangoon / Yangon, Shwedagon, Bagan temple complex, Kalaw, Inle Lake, Ngapali beach, trekking, money, customs, language, astrology, internet access

Listen to the more recent episode on Myanmar – Travel to Myanmar – Episode 354

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Show Notes

Marianne’s Bio
Aung San Suu Kyi
Rangoon / Yangon
Shwedagon Pagoda
Bagan temple complex
Kalaw – Trekking in the Shan hills
Thandwe district (Ngapali beach)
Bagan Hotel
Rural Development Society in Kalaw
Longyi – wrap around skirt
Shan Yoma tour company – Explore Myanmar Travel

Internet Resources

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2007 Rail Europe Brosures


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Chris Christensen

by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

One Response to “Travel to Burma / Myanmar – Episode 85”



one thing that you did not mention or touch upon is that when you go to burma the burmese citizens are prohibited by the government to talk about politics or they would face punishment.

also, a lot of the travel agencies that take tourists in groups to burma (especially europeans) are sponsored by the burmese government and many of the big touristic places in burma were build with slave labor.

i am not saying you shouldn’t go. people SHOULD travel to burma. it is wonderful and untouched. but be mindful of where your money goes. Instead of following the tourist trail try finding out about options. there are japanese and german ran hotels (like the hotel bagan) that offer great service….

choose were you go wisely, and if you go in a group make sure to ask (tactfully) the links that the travel agency might have with the burmese government.

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