Photography Trip to Burma Help!

Old Nov 11th, 2010, 09:33 PM
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patty: go here -

www.skyscanner.com

You can work out all the airline permutations from there. It's kinda fun.
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Old Nov 11th, 2010, 09:52 PM
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Oh, thanks!!! Dogster--I'll check it out.
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Old Nov 11th, 2010, 10:37 PM
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We may be planning this too late. Now I am having a problem booking flights from Yangon to Kuala Lumpur! I can find a flight, but neither convenient or a reasonable price ( $ 700 per person!). There must be another way.
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Old Nov 11th, 2010, 10:48 PM
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This is one of those areas where a smart traveler would just cut to the chase and stay with BKK - YANGON.
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Old Nov 11th, 2010, 11:01 PM
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Hmmm, I guess I'm not too smart. Trying to use award tickets--which requires in the end a night or two in Kuala Lumpur. Does anyone have ideas of what to do there?
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Old Nov 12th, 2010, 02:58 AM
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Patty try Air Asia.
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Old Nov 12th, 2010, 03:04 AM
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I just did a dummy booking for Jan 2011 from KL to Yangon and it only cost MYR 580 or US $188 return per person. They are a low cost airline but I, and many here, use them a lot for short flights.

WWW.airasia.com
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Old Nov 12th, 2010, 06:10 AM
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Thank you again, Pook!! After sleeping on this, I am leaning towards waiting until Jan. 2012 so I can make more careful plans. To use our award miles, we are limited to one particular time during the months of Jan., Feb. On those days, the Air Asia flights we would need are either totally booked, or would require us staying a night in KL coming and going and would cost
$ 870 (for two) at the minimum. Plus costing us time we would prefer to have in Myanmar. Thanks for checking. (date of arrival in KL would be 1/26 at 6:30 PM and departure on 2/7 from KL at 10:50 PM.) I just don't want to cut our time short in Burma. We'll get there sooner or later!
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Old Nov 12th, 2010, 06:41 AM
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P.S. I did find a cheaper flight on Air Asia this morning--just have to reconcile the time factor (plus the only award travel is bus-1st class which takes a LOT more miles). Thanks again for the help.
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Old Nov 12th, 2010, 09:40 PM
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I do hope you get some air to work for you. I sometimes track the number of available seats in BC on several potential partner airlines. For example, I keep calling for BC seats thru United on Lufthansa for May to Greece. They always say no availability. In the last two months only one additional seat has been taken, so BC still 3/4 empty. I am assuming that as time gets closer Lufthansa will release a portion of its inventory to United as ff seats. Anyway, this keeps my hopes up. If it's affordable and available, you could buy one upgradeable economy class seat and use miles to upgrade, then all miles for other BC seat.
As to photography in Burma. I concur with Pook's recommendations. Some of my favorite photography locations were 1) Chinese market in Yangon, 2) market in Bego, 3) old age home in Magnun, 4) fishing village next to Sandoway (Thandwe) Beach Resort, 5) Bagan, 6) go inside monasteries and shoot the monks and activities and 6) U Bein Bridge near Amarpura from before sunset to dusk. I have my Burma photos at http://web.mac.com/habitatphotos/Journeys/Welcome.html. Then navigate to SE Asia, etc.
I found Burma such a photography paradise, DH and I are returning next month.
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Old Nov 13th, 2010, 08:15 PM
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HI Robbie! Your photos of Burma are lovely. Does make me want to go! And thanks for the idea of using miles for one bus/1st class ticket and buying the other and upgrading with miles. Think I'll check into that. When we go--this year or next, I'll check out all of your recommendations. I also love to photograph ordinary moments of life. And I'm assuming you'll be posting more Burma pix soon?
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Old Nov 14th, 2010, 08:44 PM
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Yes, I hope to do more photography in Burma next month and will post a report. Feel free to contact me by email for particular questions. Nice to "meet" you Patty.
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Old Nov 15th, 2010, 09:18 PM
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I haven't totally given up. Am reconsidering going through Kuala Lumpur even though it shortens our time there to probably about 11 full days. Could that be enough???
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Old Nov 15th, 2010, 10:56 PM
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So now, I am thinking that if we just went to Yangon, Bagan, and Inle Lake, we could do this?
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Old Nov 15th, 2010, 11:27 PM
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IMO that's enough time to cover the 3 cities.
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Old Nov 16th, 2010, 08:07 AM
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Patty, that's basically the amount of time we had for our trip to Burma, and we did those three places.
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Old Nov 16th, 2010, 11:37 AM
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Thanks, Kathie and Pook! Sounds reassuring.
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Old Nov 16th, 2010, 02:16 PM
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One last try--has anyone used Malaysia Airlines? Air Asia has only one flight which makes us stay another night in Kuala Lumpur, but Malaysia seems to have more.
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Old Nov 16th, 2010, 02:55 PM
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Patty--another idea (maybe you already know this) is to get to Shanghai and from there to Kunming and on to Mandalay. I did this in reverse, originating in Inle, so on the same day, I flew Heho-Mandalay-Kunming-Shanghai.
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Old Nov 16th, 2010, 02:58 PM
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Sounds great--but don't think we can get to Shanghai this late either.
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