MYANMAR TRAVEL GUIDE
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT MYANMAR
Myanmar is the largest country in mainland of Indochina Peninsular. The country shares border with: China in North East, India in North West,Bangladesh in South West, Laos in Central East, Thailand in South East.
VISA TO MYANMAR
In addition to getting visas at embassies and consulates, Myanmar has an online e-visa system. It is designed to make the process of application simpler for visitors – particularly those from countries that do not have a Myanmar embassy.
With this new service, you can apply for a regular Tourist Visa using expedited application processing, 365 days a year, with results e-mailed within 24 hours. The cost of this service is $56, and is available to all applicants currently eligible for a regular Tourist Visa.
For e-visa applications, go to the official Ministry of Immigration e-visa website. Citizens of 100 countries are eligible for Myanmar e-visas; to see the full list, go here. For a list of Myanmar embassies and consulates around the world, go here.
E-visas are currently only valid for entry at Myanmar’s three main international airports: Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw and overland travel to Myanmar via the Thai-Myanmar border points of Mae Sai/Tachileik, Mae Sot/Myawaddy and Ranong/Kawthaung only (e-visa is not valid for China, India or other Thai entry points).
Due to the sensitive political situation in some border regions, entry and exit via land borders is restricted; there are four Thailand border points that do not need permission for crossings, but China and India require special permits. See arriving and departing over land for more details.
Tourist visas are valid for 28 days, which can be extended by a further 14 days at a cost of US$3 per day (plus a one-off $3 administration fee). It is important to be ready with the correct change at your departure point. Bear in mind that if you overstay, you might encounter some difficulties booking travel and/or hotels in your overstay period, as not all service staff are aware of the overstay allowance.
Do not apply for your visa too early: the period for visa validity (i.e. your Myanmar entry date) may range from one to three months.
Do not apply for your visa too late: if you are applying for a paper visa, embassies and consulates can take anything from one day to more than two weeks to process your application. If you are from a country that does not have a Myanmar embassy or consulate and you are unable to apply for e-visa, it will take longer still.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after your departure from Myanmar.
A single entry tourist visa will typically cost around US$50. Depending on which country you are applying from, the application procedures may vary, but it is usually a simple process. Go here to find your local embassy or consulate.
Burmese is a Sino-Tibetan language belonging to the Southern Burmish branch of the Tibeto-Burman languages. Burmese is the most widely spoken of the Tibeto-Burman languages and among the Sino-Tibetan languages, the second most widely spoken, after the Sinitic languages
March 1, Full Moon Day of Tabaung,
March 2 Peasants’ Day,
March 27 Armed Forces Day
April 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 Thingyan Festival
July 27 Full Moon Day of Waso (Beginning of Buddhist Lent).
October 23,24,25 Full Moon Day of Thadingyut (End of Buddhist Lent).
The local currency is Kyat (pronounce: chat). The exchange rate is around 1USD = 1000Kyat. Kyat will be accepted in all transaction regardless of the note conditions.
You can use USD with locals. But note that your USD notes must be new, clean, unmarked, unfolded and notes with series from 2003 up to now is preferred.
ATMs are available in most cities of Myanmar. The currencies available for withdrawal are USD, AUD, SGD and Bath Thai.
No required vaccinations is neeeded to enter Myanmar, however, it is recommended to have the Tetanus / Polio / Diphtheria, Typhoid and Hepatitis A.
Yangon is definitely the destination for alternative shopping. The city boasts unique, very reasonably priced items that one may not find even in its close neighbor cities. Some of these items include precious stones and jewelry (jade, sapphire, and rubies), lacquerware, (these attractive works of art mostly coming from upcountry Bagan) and unique tapestries that equal Myanmar lacquerware in terms of popularity. These woven fabrics are normally handmade using gold and silver thread, with a silver and metal finish.
Antique shopping is another popular activity in Yangon. Collectibles include statues, brass animal shapes, wooden fixtures, old clocks, and more. Meanwhile, fabrics shoppers might go on a buying spree with all the colorful traditional longyi that available. Prices are very reasonable and they are available in almost every market and store in town. Woodcrafts including figurines, wooden canes, and heavy home furniture are also available.
The most popular place for bargain hunting is Bogyoke Aung San Market (“Scott Market”), where one can go through countless options for souvenir shopping at low prices. Other places for good buys include Chinatown and shopping centers around the city.
What to bring from Myanmar?
Lacquerware, Rubies and Gemstones. Folk dolls, coconut masks, leather bags, and wood carvings are popular souvenirs that you can bring from Myanmar.
WHAT TO PACK FOR MYANMAR?
You should have a sun hat, sunglasses, sun protection for your face and body, prescription medicines, insect repellent and an umbrella (from April to October, no matter what the forecast). You should also have antibiotic cream for minor cuts and scratches, an extra pair of prescription glasses, a small flashlight, extra passport photos, decaffeinated coffee (if you prefer).
Lightweight, easy care clothes of cotton and cool fabrics are ideal all year round. A winter sweater or jacket and socks may be needed in the cool season when visiting upcountry, especially around Inle Lake and Kalaw since the weather can drop to near freezing during the night. Wear sensible walking shoes which can be easily removed when required. Sandals, thongs or flip-flops are very convenient footwear.
Food and Drinks
What are the most popular dishes in Myanmar?
Dining in Yangon can be both pleasurable and exciting. The city’s food is influenced mainly by the neighboring countries and has therefore inspired various dishes from the following cuisine:
Burmese – the local cuisine is an interesting blend of Chinese, Indian and local Myanmar influences. Typical Burmese dishes are curry-based and make use of chicken, seafood, and mutton. As the country is Buddhist-dominated, there is very little use of pork or beef.
Chinese – the country sits next to mainland China, and since Yangon is inhabited by many local Chinese, various regional cuisines such as Cantonese and Szechuan are available in the market.
Other Asian –Japanese and Korean influences are also very strong in the city’s dining lifestyle. There are also Thai, Singaporean and Malaysian dishes on many restaurant menus.
Western – most hotels and restaurants offer a wide variety of Western food. Items are usually available in buffet set-ups, as well as on the a la carte menus. The Western fast food industry has not significantly penetrated the dining market. Worldwide fast food chains are clearly absent in the city, although this has given rise to a few local fast food establishments and cafes.
Yangon has kept its local touch in terms of dining. Small teashops line the streets of Yangon, where one can find delicious local dishes served with favored hot beverages. The “mohinga” is the most popular snack item and is served in practically all corners of town. This light, curry-based fish noodle soup is very tasty, and although traditionally eaten for breakfast, it is now served all day. This tropical country also offers a wide variety of native tropical fruits, and while there is essentially no season for these fruits, most of the sweet and delicious varieties come out during summer months.
Only drink purified bottled water. Bottled water is readily available and some hotels provide complimentary bottles. Carry a bottle with you throughout the day. Luxury Travel Ltd Myanmar provides you fresh tissues and drinking water during touring days.
TOP ISLANDS IN MYANMAR
TOP CITIES IN MYANMAR
NATIONAL PARKS IN MYANMAR
Hlawga Wildlife National Park – Yangon
Moeyingyi Wetland Bird Sanctuary – Moyingyi
Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park, Sagain
Popa Mountain National Park – Mandalay Region
TOP EXPERIENCES IN MYANMAR
Visit the floating gardens and fishing villages of Inle Lake
Sunset and sunrise in Bagan
Ballon ride in Bagan
Sunset views from U Being Bridge
Myanmar cruise holiday