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Myanmar - current conditions

Hi,

I consider to go to Myanmar shortly and just did some research about current situation. The country looks a way more oponed now than ever.

However I read that some parts of country are closed for foreigners and also you need a guide (lets say a government censor) with you.

My questions are: how really the closed areas are closed? Do I really need a “guide”? Do I pay to him or he is just assigned to me by officials?

Also, anyone knows fixers in Myanmar?

Thanks,
Bart

by Bart Skowron at 2013-08-19 00:30:26 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

I just came back from Myanmar a couple months ago.
Loved it… easy to get around, wonderful people and very beautiful.
(note: lodging is not cheap like the rest of SE asia).

As far as closed areas… yes, some areas of the country are closed completely,,, others will require that you travel with a proper guide (Not censor,, just guide,,, and yes you would pay)… However, is this an issue? Well, just depends if you have a need to go to those areas? I traveled all over the country and saw much amazing things without issue. Unless you’re going there to report on violence in the border areas, then you will not have a problem.

by Gene Tewksbury | 20 Aug 2013 14:08 | Denver, United States | | Report spam→
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

by Gene Tewksbury | 27 Aug 2013 02:08 (ed. Aug 27 2013) | Denver, United States | | Report spam→
Was in Myanmar early June. Had no problems at all. There maybe are a few place you need official documents to go to. However last week I heard from another journalist that you can even go to Rakhine state without permission. Going north (Kachin state) is also possible, from what I heard when visiting Mandalay in June.

Good luck! It’s a great country with lots of stories to tell!

by Ate Hoekstra | 27 Aug 2013 13:08 | Phnom Penh, Cambodia | | Report spam→
Thanks for all the comments!

by Bart Skowron | 28 Aug 2013 13:08 | Wrocław, Poland | | Report spam→

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Bart Skowron, photojournalist Bart Skowron
photojournalist
Wrocław , Poland
Gene Tewksbury, Photo Travel/Tour Guide Gene Tewksbury
Photo Travel/Tour Guide
Denver , United States
Ate Hoekstra, Journalist Ate Hoekstra
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Phnom Penh , Cambodia


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