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We are 2 seniors who like to DIY travel. Any advice/suggestions on our itinerary would be appreciated.

1/4/2014 Depart Buffalo, NY at 9:10 am-JFK-Seoul-Siem Reap on Jet Blue, Asiana Airlines arrive Siem Reap 1/5 at 10:40 pm.
1/5-1/18 Siem Reap-Royal Angkor Resort (Golden Temple couldn't accommodate us for our entire stay) 14 nights I'm a temple fanatic and there's so much more to do in SR.
Plan to buy 7 day nonconsecutive passes Angkor.
Only thing planned so far is 2 day 1 night to remote temples. 1/8 pick up-Banteay Chhmar, overnight Anlong Veng-then Preah Vihear, Koh Ker, and Beng Melea. Thanks to Maneki-neko for helping me organize this.
1/19-1-21 bus or boat (depending on water levels) Battambang-BB Resort 2 nights
1/21-1/24 bus to Phnom Penh, connect with afternoon bus to Kampot (long day I know)-RikiTikiTavi 3 nights
1/24-1/29 bus to PP-Hilary's Boutique 5 nights

International flight and all hotels for Cambodia booked as well as remote sites trip SR.

1/29 fly to Bangkok
1/29-2/1 Bangkok-Bossotel booked will leave husband's scuba gear bag here 3 nights
2/1 overnight train to Chiang Mai 1 night
2/2-2/7 Chiang Mai-Baan Orapin booked 5 nights
2/7 Green VIP bus to Chiang Rai
2/7-2/10 Chiang Rai-Baan Soontree booked 3 nights
Have Jermsak for 2 days 2/8 and 2/9- we received our itinerary and I'd like to share it as I think he did a great job. Day 1 has us stopping to tour and sample tea @ Doi Maeslong Tea Plantation, driving by rice paddies, coffee plantations, to Doi Tung highest mt. in CR, driving along the Burma Thai boundary road to Mae Sai, to the Golden Triangle, Opium Museum with final stop at Lanna style temple Wat Jediluang. Day 2 is for the White Temple, Lahu & Akha hill tribes, suspension bridge, 2-3 hrs. on his raft with lunch, stop at natural hot springs with time to have a mineral bath.
2/10 fly to Bangkok, 4 hr. layover-fly to Yangon/Myanmar

Myanmar in planning stages
2/10-2/12 Yangon 2 nights
2/12-2/13 Golden Rock overnight and Bago on way back to Yangon 1 night
2/13-2/14 Yangon will most likely relax by the hotel pool 1 night
2/14 fly to Bagan
2/14-2/20 Bagan 6 nights
2/20 boat to Mandalay
2/20-2/24 Mandalay 4 nights
2/24 fly to HeHo/Inle Lake
2/24-2/28 Inle Lake 4 nights
2/28 fly to Ngapali
2/28-3/4 Ngapali 4 nights
3/4 fly/boat to Mrauk U
3/4-3/7 Mruak U 3 nights
3/7 fly to Yangon
3/7-3/10 Yangon 3 nights

If Mruak U is a no go we will add time to Ngapali and maybe to Yangon. Does this look doable?

3/10 fly to Bangkok
3/10-3/13 Bangkok-Bossotel pick up scuba bag 3 nights
3/13 fly to Phuket, pick up rental car and drive to Khao Lak
3/13-3/20 Khao Lak-Le Meridien booked 7 nights-husband will be scuba diving and I will relax
3/20-3/29 Phuket-will be meeting daughter and 5 yr. old grandson- having a hard time finding a nice place on a budget! 9 nights-husband will dive at least 3 full days here.
3/29 drop off rental car, fly to Bangkok
3/29-4/1 Bangkok-Bossotel 3 nights
4/1 train to Kanchanburi
4/1-4/3 Kanchanburi-Xanadu 2008 2 nights
4/3 train to Bangkok
4/3-4/5 Bangkok-Bossotel 2 nights
4/5 leave SE Asia-11:40 pm flight Bangkok-Seoul-Chicago/O'Hare-Buffalo on Asiana and United-arriving home on 4/6 at 8:40 pm.

Sleep and relax!!!!!!! This will be our longest, most challenging trip. Last trip was 2 months-Egypt right after the revolution and Greece during the anti-gov't demonstrations. A memorable, wonderful time.

So how does it look? Anything need changing/tweaking? I know it's going to test us but we are used to these kind of multi destinations, hopping all over the place trips. I wish I could have been able to figure out a better plan than all the Bankok stops but nothing seemed to work. We have more than 30 days in Thailand so we wanted to break up that country into 2 parts. Some dates like the one where we're meeting our daughter in Phuket can't be changed. I wanted to do northern Thailand before the burning. If anyone can come up with a better plan I will forever be grateful. Thanks.

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    I love that you are taking it slow. As fellow temple fanatics, I understand your plan to spend lots of time in Siem Reap and in Bagan.

    Let me comment on your Burma time... If Mrauk U is open, I think you need more time there, 4 nights for three full days is a minimum. Are you booking a private boat? That will enable you to get to Mrauk U in one day and will allow you to get back in one day. If you are trying to take the public boat, you'll need to figure in two extra days, one on each end for transport. You could certainly cut some time from Yangon to get the time you need there.

    I'd suggest spending a full day in Sagaing, outside of Mandalay. We loved both the temples and the atmosphere. While in Mandalay, take special note of the Mahamuni Buddha, as you will see where it was stolen from in Mrauk U. You will also see bronzes from Angkor there, as Buddhist relics and statues were often taken as the spoils of war in this part of the world.

    You will see plenty of Buddhist sites at Inle Lake, and with unique iconography I've seen no where else in my extensive travel in Buddhist areas of Asia. Do visit Sankar, the southern part of Inle Lake and Kakku, not on the lake, but nearby. InDien is a must on the main part of the lake.

    I'm assuming you have read my two Burma trip reports and looked at our photos. If not, you can find my trip reports by clicking on my name.

    Have a wonderful trip!

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    Your words and Cheryl's pictures have really helped to shape our trip to Myanmar. Before I read your reports and others on Fodor's and TA, Myanmar wasn't part of my trip. It began with Cambodia due to my interest in Angkor and per my daughter's info I added Thailand. Daughter teaches high school in Shekou, outside of HK. China is close to many SE Asia countries and flights from where she lives are so reasonable that in the past 2 yrs. she's been to Cambodia, twice to Thailand, Bali, twice to Singapore, and the Philippines.

    I'm glad you agree with my time set aside for SR and Bagan. So many have told me I'm spending way too much time in those 2 destinations.

    We were thinking it would be quicker to get to MU from Ngapali than Yangon. I don't want to have to overnight in Sittwe. I may have to research that further. I can take a day/night away from Ngapali as we have plenty of beach time in Thailand.

    In Bagan, besides the temples, I want to do Balloons over Bagan. We did hot air balloon in Africa over the M. Mara during the great migration and also in Luxor near the Valley of the Kings and other neat sites. I don't like heights but I loved the experience and wasn't afraid. We intend to do Mt. Popa and Salay.

    For Mandalay we will fit in Mingun and most definitely, Sagaing.

    Have 3 days for Inle Lake. The north-Indein. The south-Sankar. Last-Kakku.

    Thanks so much for sharing your experiences from your 2 trips and the amazing pictures. I wish I could spend more than 28 days in Myanmar. It fascinates me.

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    When I looked at your itinerary, I also wondered if it would be easier to get to Sittwe from Ngapali than from Yangon. I don't know the answer to that, as it will depend upon flights. Are you working with an agent in Yangon? The agent will be able to tell you.

    I'm glad our words and photos have helped you shape your trip. Burma is really special.

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