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    Quote Originally Posted by Phuketrichard View Post
    cart is $20-25/day includes feed :-)
    thats why $50 is very cheap

    I was thinking about things like Mt. Popa, which is an hours drive away.
    I went to (and stayed ) Mt Popa in Nov as we were on motorcycles coming from Mindat on the way to Mandalay.
    Was not that impressed but did NOT walk up.
    Late afternoon is best for photography
    Yeah 777 steps or something. If the bint fancies trying that, I'll go and have a few beers and wait for her.



    I might try it if it that is a zipline coming down.

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    might sound a silly question but i was lookign at the web site for the visa and its asking for the address i am staying at... but i dont want to book a hote unti i get the visa. does it matter, can i just put any address down, especially since i will be doing a two centre stay anyway!
    You dont pay them to stay for the night, you pay them to leave in the morning

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    any hotel will do
    using booking.com u can book a hotel and usually cancel 2days before ur stay with full refund and many of the hotels in Burma ( at least the ones i have stayed in) you pay at the hotel

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    thanks, thoughts that would be the case.

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    all booked up now. got a recommendation for a moto driver in mandalay?

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    Just ask at ur hotel; one is no diferent than another...
    Just rent ur own motorcycle.....
    just back from my Mandalay-Inle lake- Maruk u- Sittwe -Yangon trip

    NEVER NEVER again long distance buss!!
    The VIP bus that run Yangon-Bagan-/Mandalay/Inle look ok as they almost lay flat but the others........
    "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol or insanity, but they've always worked for me" HST

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    JJ Bus company is good for the trip to Bagan. As PhuketRichard mentioned, the boat is nicer and way more interesting. The electric bikes are a laugh and a good way to see Bagan itself. Think park entrance was around 25,000 kyat or something and good for 4 days or so. Bagan Palace is an extra 5000 kyat and imo is well worth checking out.

    As for Mandalay, try to stay away from the rail station as it is very noisy. A few of my friends stay by the moat at The Swan- decent breakfast, icy pool and comfy beds. Some complain of a mosquito issue

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    i love the area near the train station;
    my choice of stay is the Royal Power hotel on street 80

    BTW the train tracks separate new and old Mandalay

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Phuketrichard View Post
    cart is $20-25/day includes feed :-)
    thats why $50 is very cheap

    I was thinking about things like Mt. Popa, which is an hours drive away.
    I went to (and stayed ) Mt Popa in Nov as we were on motorcycles coming from Mindat on the way to Mandalay.
    Was not that impressed but did NOT walk up.
    Late afternoon is best for photography
    Yeah 777 steps or something. If the bint fancies trying that, I'll go and have a few beers and wait for her.



    I might try it if it that is a zipline coming down.
    Beautiful place.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1F2i0rYMj8

    we are all figments of our own imagination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phuketrichard
    i love the area near the train station;
    That's my neighborhood :-)
    I'm a light sleeper, but aside from the noise it's a great area IMO. It's near Diamond Plaza which is great for picking up travel supplies. The meal provided by JJ Bus is small- you'll want to bring some extra snacks.

    Happy Noodles behind the station does good noodles (oddly enough!) and cold beers for rock bottom prices. For a more opulent feed head to Bistro 82 on 82nd Street- German chef who will cook up a great steak. Decent wine list,too.

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    i prefer the open air street Shan restaurant on street 80,
    bet their beer is cheaper than a german restaurant. LOL

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    alright troops.


    made it to mandalay and bagan. i will start a new thread with some pics once i manage to get my lazy arse into gear.

    thanks for all the advice on this thread and the others.

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