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Ideas for third visit

MD
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Ideas for third visit

We have enjoyed Myanmar so much that we are ready for a third visit before the rest of the world arrives. Any ideas for new areas to explore besides Mandalay, Inle, and Bagan? Are there any places recently opened to tourists? Any areas to still seriously avoid? We have an agent, so not looking for service, just new ideas. Thanks!

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1. Re: Ideas for third visit

Have you been to Bago, Golden Rock, Hsipaw, Myawlamine, Hpa An, the beach areas, Pyay etc? Lots of cool places to visit...

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2. Re: Ideas for third visit

Maneki suggested some places that are easy to visit but everything depends on your travel style.

Bhamar, Katha, Shwebo, Monywa and Pakokku are all lovely places with few tourists but more backpacker style.

Another option could be to visit Dawei and Myeik - read this excellent report

tripadvisor.com/…46468136

Safe travel

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3. Re: Ideas for third visit

There is a quaint little city called Pyin Oo Lwin, formerly known as Maymyo. It is near Mandalay and situated 3500 feet above sea level, so has a cool climate the whole year round. The car journey from Mandalay to Maymyo (about 2 hours) is very scenic. There are many Tudor style houses arund town, and you will enjoy going around in the horse drawn carriages there. Here is their website:

www.pyinoolwin.info

If you are into beaches, Chaungtha or Ngwe Saung are the places to go. Ngapali beach is good too but too many tourists going there nowadays.

Hope this helps. Have a great third visit!

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4. Re: Ideas for third visit

Thank you all for great suggestions to investigate and digest! Burmaboy, you are right about Pyin Oo Lwin, I forgot to mention we went there in November 2011 for their balloon festival. The festival was most interesting and the Botanic Gardens were so pretty. The ride up and back from Mandalay was so nice, passing the flower vendors assembling their bundles for transport further into the city.

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5. Re: Ideas for third visit

Oh yes, we are more backpacker style, but not youngsters. We just like being off the beaten path and interacting one-on-one with anyone we come across. My husband loves agriculture, and often ends up out in the fields with the farmers to inspect their equipment and methods. We lived in Thailand in the 1990's, so we don't need to go toward the Thai side. Probably the parts we would really enjoy are off-limits. Too bad about that.

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