You can just pick up guides anywhere…
I just found taxi drivers at each location on the road….. They all did a great job…..
standard price seems to be around $40/day….
They aren’t officials,, just drivers making a living.
They will come and go as you please,,,, wanna go out in the morning,,, sleep in the heat of day and go out again at night,,,, no issue.
You might want to check out their english a bit first… sometimes not so good,, but I never found it to be a big issue.
If you want to go to areas that require permission,,,, then you’ll want to look for an offical “tourism office”… they can help you out…. I don’t mean a tour agent, I mean an actual government office…. ask the guide.
I had no issues with security…. customs was a joke,,,,, easy peezy….
No isues with my camera either,,, (though I was told that you can’t take photos of gas stations)….
Just like anywhere else,,, be friendly, ask before shooting photos of individuals (just ask with hand jestures),,, and be sure to share the photo with them after the shot… don’t just take it and walk off….. many villageers in the poorer areas have not seen many images of themselves or family….
If you’d like to check out some photos from my trip you can view them here:
Myanmar Photography 2013