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Still terribly jet-lagged from an amazing volunteering trip to Siem Reap with the PLF (and a few days with our good friend Hanuman in Thailand) and already I'm on to planning our next great adventure. Like this should come as some big surprise, right? ;)

We've already chosen Burma (YAY! FINALLY!) after your help narrowing down some short listers on the roster and tickets are now booked. We'll be departing in late December for our longest trip yet--a total of 18 days! Holy guacamole, how did I pull that one off? No one tell David yet, please ;)

We fly into Singapore and fly out of Bangkok. Everything in between is a great big blank canvas. And so I look to you, fellow Fodorites, as always, to help mold what will hopefully become the best trip yet.

I've spent some time researching a bunch of your recent trip reports to Burma and have taken down many notes. But the biggest question for me now is just a question of--simply put--"where to go and how long?" so I can start getting into some of the logistics and finer details.

We'll start this trip out in Singapore (we've never been) really only for the supreme satisfaction of going there just to gorge on food (I don't really think there's much else to do, is there?) I've heard it's "rainy" season and we might want to reconsider, but the tickets are booked and, frankly, unless it'll be hell on earth there in December, I don't really care to even look into changing that. I plan to be there only 2 nights.

For Burma, there's only 3 places on our radar right now (the same 3 probably on everyone's radar for Burma): Yangon, Bagan and Inle. I suppose we might be interested in a beach destination as well so Ngapali is definitely a potential destination as well...although I can't quite figure out if it's really worth it or not or if we should just try and squeeze maybe a Thai beach destination in on the way back to Bangkok instead. (DISCLAIMER: As most of you know, we like to move around a lot--not too much, but staying in one place for 4 or 5 nights would bore the ever-loving stars out of me.)

So here's a rough itinerary...and I look to you all for some guidance about how to specifically fill in those Burma days with destinations:

Day 1 Depart LAX @ 11 AM
Day 3 Arrive Singapore @ 8 AM
Day 4 Singapore
Day 5 Fly to Burma
Day 6 Burma
Day 7 Burma
Day 8 Burma
Day 9 Burma
Day 10 Burma
Day 11 Burma
Day 12 Burma
Day 13 Burma
Day 14 Burma
Day 15 Burma
Day 16 Burma/Thai Beach
Day 17 Burma/Thai Beach
Day 18 Burma/Thai Beach
Day 19 Fly to Bangkok @ 10 AM
Day 20 Fly to LAX @ 10 PM

Would also maybe consider--if we don't do a Burma beach and go for a Thai beach--doing that before we go to Burma and flying there for Singapore and then to Yangon through Bangkok...but I always think a beach is best at the end of a trip, not the beginning.

Definitely will be going with Santa Maria (is there really any other way to go?) for the transportation and hotels in Burma...and will definitely have some follow up questions on tour guides, etc. But hopefully this is enough to get the planning moving in the right direction!

As always, my friends, thanks in advance for all your help!

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