Hello fellow TA contributors,
We have traveled extensively throughout SE Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Bali, Singapore, and Thailand) and reviewed much for TA. We have never been to Myanmar and in reading through the forum we are confused. We are not deluxe travelers nor are we back packers.
This is our problem, there are people who say if you don’t go with a travel agent (and very few agents are mentioned on the forum) you will have problems and be stuck at airports with cancelled flights and problems with hotels, etc. Then there are others who have done it on their own and seem to have done fine.
We never travel with a tour and generally pre-book our flights and hotels. Our interests are cultural and historic.
So what advice do you have for our sort of traveller? We wish to visit Bagan, Inle, Keng Tung, and either Mandalay or Yangon (don't see the need for both). We will likely be flying international in and out of Bangkok.
We are open to having an agent book our flights and hotels, if that is really helpful or necessary to be sure that if there’s a problem they can sort it out – assuming that there are more problems for these things in Myanmar than in other Asian countries, where we never had problems.
Is Myanmar like China where few people speak English or another language?
TA forum travellers have always been the most helpful to us so we have posted this before we start making our trip plans.
Thanks in advance.