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A couple questions about Burma

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After a recent posting I made, some of you suggested Burma as a possible destination. I started to look into it a bit and started reading the Rough Guide.

Season and climate--If I want cooler weather (and I know it is all relative) the best months are supposed to be Nov. Dec. Jan. and early Feb. Correct? welltraveledBrit says in a posting here that these months are absolutely jam-packed with package tourists. Is it really that bad? Having sweated to death last year in southern India mid Feb. to mid-March, we just are not willing to take a trip again where our planning ends up revolving around how to try to find a place that is not so hot.

Lodging costs and types--the Rough Guide says lodging costs are pretty sky high and a lot of lodging is in the stereotypical cement block complexes. We are moderate travelers who do not like bland, sterile hotels, and we are not fans of western 5* type hotels either. Our usual preference is for smaller, family-owned, lodging (a bit od charm is a plus too). What is the reality for people who don't want to pay at least $100+ every night in a developing country.

Food costs--Where did you typically eat, and what are food costs like?

I am trying to put some of these pieces together before I go much further in investigating this as a destination. Thanks.

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