Photography Trip to Burma Help!

Old Nov 7th, 2010, 09:20 PM
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Kathie--I wrote you a note and just noticed it didn't post. I looked at many (not all) of your photos and will go back to see the rest. Wow! I esp. loved the sunrise and sunset ones, Bagan, and the Nyaung U Market. I'll have more questions later. Thanks for posting your links. I've only read two of the books.
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Old Nov 7th, 2010, 09:22 PM
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Dogster, thanks for the cruise links. I looked at them and think they'd probably take too much time for us.
Now to figure out how to get to the right places at the right time!
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Old Nov 7th, 2010, 09:24 PM
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To Pook the photographer, I also recently posted two galleries of photos--one of Amish Country # 2 in Indiana and Ohio and one of Venice Beach--which you might like since you went to UCLA. They are posted at both: www.pattyroth.com and also at www.pbase.com/pattyroth
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Old Nov 7th, 2010, 09:43 PM
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Thanks, Dogster for the Mandalay input!
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Old Nov 7th, 2010, 10:12 PM
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Thanks for the link Patty and I will look at them after work Patty.
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Old Nov 8th, 2010, 04:04 AM
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Very nice pictures Patty! Venice beach look the same as the early 80s but I did not know that there was an Amish community in Ohio - the other State where I went to school at.
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Old Nov 8th, 2010, 07:05 AM
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The Amish community in Ohio (near Birman, etc) is one of the largest in the world now. Also, about 15 years ago, the Amish started moving into the area around my brother's farm in Indiana, so we have great friendships with some families there.
Venice Beach--well that is southern CA!! My first time there. A crazy, but interesting place.
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Old Nov 8th, 2010, 07:10 AM
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Guesthouses???

Has anyone tried any of the recommended in the LP? Like Haven Inn in Yangon? Or Hotel Amazing Nyaung Shwe in Inle Lake area of Nyaungshwe?

We don't feel compelled to stay in the 4-5 Star hotels all of the time, like a little adventure and culture, but still like some of the basic creature comforts--like clean and comfortable beds, showers, etc. Also, what about location?
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Old Nov 8th, 2010, 04:04 PM
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Hmmm. Initial try at using freq. flyer miles didn't work, but I'm planning on trying again--for someone's cancellations, perhaps?
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Old Nov 8th, 2010, 04:57 PM
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What airline are you trying to redeem your miles on? If your main purpose for this trip is going to Myanmar only then you can try redeeming to any of the cities, from the USA, that has direct flights to Yangon and pay for that only. Here are some cities that have direct flights to Yangon:

Bangkok
Singapore
Kuala Lumphur
Hanoi
Beijing
Kunming
Kolakata

Now all you have to do is find redemption seats to one of the city above and buy the short haul flight from there. Air Asia from Bangkok and Kuala Lumphur have very low prices.

When I went I booked the hotels my self, calling from Bangkok or contacting their sales offices in Thailand, a lot of the Myanmar hotels and travel agents have offices here. I did use a travel agent for the domestic flights only and did not hire any guide ahead of time.

I think you should go through a TA, like Santa Maria(Craig, Kathie and many others have used them and like their services) and just tell them the type of hotels that you want and let them do the work for you.

Good luck Patty!
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Old Nov 8th, 2010, 05:06 PM
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Wow, thanks, Pook!! Great, I mean fabulous ideas! I only tried a ticket with Cathay Pacific from LAX to Bangkok, but will try the other cities also. I had no idea I could get to Yangon from these other cities directly. I do plan to use Santa Maria for the other stuff.

(The reason I want to use award tickets is because I talked my husband into going by saying how cheap it would be!!--since we're in the midst of a bit of remodeling.)
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Old Nov 9th, 2010, 07:58 PM
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Not good news so far. No trips available that go through Hong Kong--as most do from LAX. I'm praying.
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Old Nov 9th, 2010, 08:24 PM
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Patty,

Are you not finding seats from LAX - HKG or from HKG - BKK?
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Old Nov 9th, 2010, 09:12 PM
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Not finding trips from LAX to Hong Kong. But I'm going to keep trying until the end of Nov. in case someone cancels. If I can't get them by then, I'll book for the following year.
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Old Nov 9th, 2010, 09:33 PM
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When I use to try and redeem my CX's miles I would have to wait until about 1 week before my intended departure date to get a seat. I don't think that will work for you but have you try the other airlines affiliated with CX. I presume that you're using One World miles and want to fly from LAX so have you try JAL?
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Old Nov 9th, 2010, 09:41 PM
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That's exactly what they told me--that they add more seats about 1 week before departure and that won't work for us as we can't reschedule people that late. They have tried the other affiliates. I'm not giving up yet! Yes, have tried JAL.
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Old Nov 9th, 2010, 09:57 PM
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Good luck Patty and I hope that you can make it to Myanmar soon!
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Old Nov 10th, 2010, 06:49 AM
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Thanks, Pook! I definitely plan on getting there--if not Jan or Feb, then 2012!
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Old Nov 11th, 2010, 09:06 PM
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Hmmm, a possibility. American award travel has tickets available through Tokyo to Kuala Lumpur. They are business and first class, so I'd have to buy extra miles, but it may be worth it. I reserved them, just need to check on flights from Kuala Lumpur to Yangon--availability--and figure out if this affords us enough time in Burma. It might only be 11 days. Any thoughts?
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Old Nov 11th, 2010, 09:26 PM
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Pook, do you know which airlines fly from Kuala Lumpur to Yangon? I think we may do this! And thanks again for the recommended cities--I would never have thought of K L.
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