TRAVEL TIPS FOR MYANMAR
Yangon International Airport is located 15 km north of the city. The journey takes 30-60 minutes depending on traffic. Mandalay International Airport is located 30 km south of the city, a one-hour drive. Domestic and international airport tax is included in your ticket price.
Visitors from most countries are required to obtain a Myanmar Visa in advance of arrival. The easiest and most cost-effective way to do this is through the official government service: https://evisa.moip.gov.mm. You will also be required to complete an arrival card and customs declaration upon arrival into Myanmar.
CLIMATE & WEATHER
Myanmar has three distinct seasons. The cool season starts in October and lasts until February. Average day time temperatures during this period are 20-24°C but can drop close to freezing in the highlands. March until May are Myanmar’s hot, dry season with temperatures soaring to 30-35°C. By April the rains begin, bringing relief to the oppressive heat and greening the landscapes. The rainy season continues until end of September. Yangon’s rain patterns vary from short downpours to all day drizzle while Bagan and Mandalay see very little precipitation. Inle Lake and Shan State have moderate rains.
Most visitors opt to visit during the cool season but even during the wet season Myanmar is possible to travel!
CREDIT CARDS & ATMs
Credit Cards are only accepted at a very few major hotels, airlines and some international shops and restaurants. However ATMs are readily available and distribute the local currency (Myanmar kyat). Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and all public holidays.
Although US Dollars are accepted in most places, it is a good idea to get local currency to pay for taxis, shopping, tips and other personal times. The currency, called kyat, can be obtained by exchanging US Dollars, British Pounds, Euros as well as Singapore Dollars and Thai Baht. US Dollars tend to have the best exchange rate but they should be in perfect condition with no marks, folds or tears.
DOMESTIC AIRLINES & FLIGHTS
There are several domestic airlines flying within Myanmar. Each airline allows 20-kilograms of baggage per person and excess baggage fees may be charged.
Only drink purified bottle water. Bottled water is readily available and some hotels provide complimentary.
DUTY FREE ALLOWANCE
Two bottles of liquor, two cartons of cigarettes or 100 cigars and half liter of perfume are allowed per person.
ENTRANCE FEES In USD/FEC
Shwedagon Pagoda - USD/FEC 08.--
Sule Pagoda - USD/FEC 03.--
Botataung - USD/FEC 03.--
Ngahtatgyi Pagoda - USD/FEC 02.--
National Races Village - USD/FEC 03.--
Gems Museum - USD/FEC 05.--
National Museum - USD/FEC 05.--
Yangon Zoological Garden - USD/FEC 05.--
Crocodile Farm 2 - USD/FEC 05.--
People’s Square and People’s Park - USD/FEC 03.--
Kyauktanyale Pagoda - USD/FEC 02.--
Kyaikkhauk Pagoda - USD/FEC 01.--
BAGO & KYAIKHTIYO
Bago Zone Fees - USD/FEC 10.--
Kanbawzathadi Museum - USD/FEC 05.--
Moeyungyi Wetland Sanctuary - USD/FEC 02.--
Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda - USD/FEC 06.--
Bagan Zone Fees - USD/FEC 25.--
Bagan Archaeological Museum - USD/FEC 05.--
Watch Tower - USD/FEC 10.--
Pakhangyi 8 Salay - USD/FEC 03.--
Mandalay Zone Fees - USD/FEC 10.--
Gems Market - USD/FEC 01.--
Sagaing & Mingun - USD/FEC 05.--
PYIN OO LWIN (Maymyo)
Kandawgyi Natonal Park - USD/FEC 05.--
Monywa (Hpowintaung) - USD/FEC 05.--
Thanbodedey - USD/FEC 03.—
Shweba - USD/FEC 02.--
Inle Lake - USD/FEC 05.--
Sagar - USD/FEC 06.--
Pindaya Cave - USD/FEC 05.--
Kakku - USD/FEC 03.--
Mrauk-U Zone Fees - USD/FEC 10.--
Sittwe Museum - USD/FEC 03.--
Mrauk-U Zone Fees - USD/FEC 10.--
Sittwe Museum - USD/FEC 03.--
Kawthaung Zone Fees - USD/FEC 100.--
Myeik Zone Fees - USD/FEC 20.--
Kachin State Cultural Museum - USD/FEC 02.--
Myanmar has dozens of annual festivals, from massive country-wide celebrations to smaller village fairs. Most festivals have religious backgrounds and dates are fixed according to the lunar calendar. Whenever possible we include a visit to a local festival in our tour programs.
GRATUITIES & TIPPING
Myanmar does have a tipping culture but any form of gratitude is appreciated. For guides, drivers and others in the hospitality industry, a small tip is greatly appreciated and a sign that you have enjoyed your time in Myanmar.
No inoculations or vaccinations are required unless coming from or passing through an infected area. Clients should bring sufficient medication with them if required and should check for updated health recommendations before your departure to Myanmar regarding hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, etc. If carrying a lot of medicines, it is advisable to have a doctor's letter stating that medicines are required for personal use.
IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS FORMALITIES
Receipt of purchase and an export permit voucher for locally bought goods such as gems and jewelry may be required upon departure.
We recommend all clients to obtain the necessary personal baggage, medical and accident insurance before arrival. Although medical facilities are improving in Myanmar, having emergency evacuation coverage is recommended especially if you are planning any adventurous activities or have an existing health problem.
Myanmar has three telecommunication providers with good coverage in the main tourist areas and 4G data. SIM cards cost around 1 USD and data packages can be purchased in various increments. SIM cards can be purchased at the airport and various shops throughout the country.
The majority of the people of Myanmar are Buddhist although Christianity, Islam and Hinduism are also practiced. As a visitor to Myanmar, you are expected to abide by the cultural norms of the religions when entering their houses of worship. For example, at Buddhist temples and pagodas shoes and socks must be removed, short trousers are not allowed and shoulders must be covered.
WHAT TO BRING
Myanmar is a conservative culture and improper dress can be offensive. Please dress with respect for the local culture, wearing knee-length or longer trousers and modest shirts with your shoulders covered. Lightweight, easy to 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 up country especially around Inle Lake and Kalaw when 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 (available locally) are very convenient footwear. It is also recommended to bring sunscreen, as it is not readily available in Myanmar, and a small flashlight or torch since towns can be very dark at night.