Details: Burma

February 28, 2013
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GETTING THERE

Qatar Airways offers flights from Washington Dulles to Rangoon, connecting through Doha. Korean Air flies to Rangoon but with a connection in Seoul. Air Mandalay flies from Rangoon to Thandwe, near Ngapali Beach.

GETTING AROUND

Burma’s tourism infrastructure is still developing, so you might need some help securing lodging, arranging tours and booking internal transportation. I used Global Spectrum (800-419-4446, globalspectrumtravel.com) in Fairfax, which planned my week-long trip, including guides and private car to Golden Rock.

For the most part, the country does not accept credit cards. You’ll need to bring cash (anywhere from $500 to $1,000), preferably in crisp new bills. (The currency exchange booths may reject wrinkled bills.)

A visa is required ($20); apply at the Myanmar Embassy (2300 S St. NW, 202-332-3344, www.mewashingtondc.
com
). Allow at least two weeks for processing.

Travel health experts suggest a typhoid shot and malaria pills, depending on your itinerary.

WHERE TO STAY

Yuzana Garden Hotel

44 Alan Pya Pagoda St., Rangoon

011-95-1-248944

www.yuzanahotels.com/garden/index.html

Nearly 40 spacious rooms (with air-conditioning) in a colonial building near the center of town. Restaurant, fitness center, outdoor pool, computers with WiFi and a very helpful staff. Buffet breakfast included. From $150.

Mountain Top Hotel

Near Golden Rock Pagoda, Kyaikto

011-95-9-8718392

Nearest hotel to Golden Rock. Some rooms require a steep climb, but are worth it for the view. On-site restaurant; breakfast included. From $100.

Thande Beach Hotel

Ngapali Beach, Thandwe

011-95-4342278

www.thandebeachhotelmyanmar.com

Dreamy bungalow-style accommodations, with restaurants, swimming pool and bike rentals ($5 a day). Breakfast and airport transfer included. From $120.

WHERE TO EAT

Angel Seafood Restaurant

Mya Bein Village, Ngapali

011-9-49678639

In a small fishing village near the row of hotels. Serves fresh fish and Burmese specialties, such as mixed seafood curry. Main dishes roughly $3 to $5.

Aung Thuka

17/A First St., West Shwegondaing, Rangoon

011-95-1-525194

Local joint serves Burmese-style meat, fish and vegetable dishes buffet-style. About 50 cents for veggie dishes to $2.30 for meat selections.

WHAT TO DO

Shwedagon Pagoda

Ar Za Nir Street, Rangoon

www.shwedagonpagoda.com

Covered in gold leaf and studded with jewels, this is Burma’s top Buddhist pilgrimage site. Two museums on property. Best to visit at sunrise and sunset. Daily 4 a.m. to 10 p.m., $5.

Golden Rock

Kyaikto, Mon State

Trucks transport visitors from $1.75 one way. You can ride to the top or hike the last section. Access to Golden Rock is always open. $6.

Ngapali Art Gallery

Lin Thar Village, Ngapali Beach

011-95-09-8516436

ngapaliartgallery.com

Peruse the paintings and chat up the artist.

INFORMATION

www.myanmar-tourism.com

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