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Travel Tips

Kyaukkalat pagoda, Hpa An

International Entry Points to Myanmar
     1. Yangon International Airport
     2. Mandalay International Airport
     3. Nay Pyi Taw International Airport

 

Overland Border Crossings
     1. Shwe Li (China)-Muse (Myanmar)
     2. Mae Sot (Thailand)-Myawaddy (Myanmar)
     3. Mae Sai (Thailand)-Tachileik (Myanmar)
     4. Ranong (Thailand)-Kawthaung (Myanmar)
     5. Moreh (India)-Tamu (Myanmar)

 

Arriving and Departing Over Land
When travelling over land to Myanmar, you need to have Visa before entering. It is not currently possible to get Myanmar visas at the border and e-visas are not valid.

Sometime, you may need permission for arriving and departing by overland because border-situation may change often. It is better to check with us by email if you are interesting to arrive and depart by over land.

Visa Information
Under the head of Tourist visa, there are two types of applications. 

(A) Normal Visa
Visa is needed to apply for all travelers except ASEAN visa agreed countries as shown following;

  1. Brunei Darussalam
  2. Cambodia
  3. Indonesia
  4. Laos
  5. Philippines
  6. Thailand
  7. Vietnam

Visa can be obtained at any of Myanmar Embassy or consulates general. Most Myanmar Embassy has website and visa application form can be downloaded on line. If there is no Myanmar Embassy at your home country, Bangkok is the best place to get your visa to Myanmar. It will take only 2 full days to get the visa there.

A Tourist Visa allows a stay of 28 days, extendible for an additional 14 days.

Singapore Citizens will not require visa starting from 1st December 2016 according to the recent MOC between both governments.

(B) E-VISA
All international Travelers can use E-Visa system and can apply E-visa by the website of http://www.evisa.moip.gov.mm/ from 1st September 2014. The E-visa charge will be 50 USD per person by credit/debit card and it will be non-refundable (if your application form was rejected). You will get the answer (accepted/non-accepted) for your application within one hour. Then processing time will be Maximum 5 working days to get E-Visa if your application form is being accepted.

For foreigners using E-visa, please ensure the following must be completed and prepared for verifications at Immigration counters:-

  1. Completely filled arrival card
  2. Valid passport (with at least 6 months validity)
  3. Valid entry visa issued by relevant Myanmar Embassy.(must not be a used visa)
  4. Foreigner entering with various visa issued by relevant Myanmar Embassy aboard shall be permitted stay period shown in visa, Extension of stay period shall be, if desired, applied to Ministry of Immigration and Population with recommendation of relevant Ministry.

Current International Airlines to Myanmar
At the moment, there are three main international Airports in Myanmar such as Yangon International Airport, Mandalay International Airport and Naypyidaw International Airport. Almost tourists arrive and depart from Yangon and Mandalay international Airport. The following airlines currently operate into Myanmar:

Air Asia (FD),
Air China (CA),
Air India (IC)
Air France (AF)
All Nippon Airways (NH)
Asiana Airlines (OZ)
Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG)
Bangkok Airways (PG),
China Airlines (CI), 
China Southern Airline (CZ),
China Eastern Airlines (MU),
Condor Airlines (DE ),
EVA Air (BR),
Hong Kong Dragon Air (KA)
Jet Star Asia (3K)
Korean Air (KE)
Malaysia Airlines (MH),
Mandarin Airlines (AE),
Myanmar Airways International (8M),
Nok Air (DD),
Qatar Airways (QR),
Singapore Airlines (MI),
Silk Air (SQ),
Thai Airways International(TG),
Thai Lion Air (SL)
Tiger Air (TR)
Vietnam Airlines (VN),  

 

Currency Exchange
US Dollar is the most widely used foreign currency and visitors may change their dollars into kyat (the local currency) at the local bank easily. Authorized money changer throughout Myanmar will usually accept US Dollars and other major currencies such as Euro and Singapore Dollars.

Myanmar Currency (Kyat)
The currency is kyat pronounced (chat) and is divided into 100 pyas. At present the following kyat bank notes are in use: K 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 5,000 and 10,000.

Credit Cards
At the moment, some credit cards (Visa and Master) payments are available around the Country with high commission. But it depends on the internet connection. Traveler’s cheque and Amex cards are currently not available in Myanmar. Only deluxe hotels, gems and souvenir Shops in major cities accept credit cards (Visa and Master cards only). Therefore it is recommended to bring along enough cash with good conditioned bills to cover all personal expenses for entire trip, and general purposes. USD is preferred and widely accepted throughout Myanmar. Euro and Singapore dollars are accepted in the larger cities like Yangon and Mandalay.

ATM Machine
Visa and Marster cardholders (Debits and Credits) can withdraw local currency from ATMs (300,000 Kyats per time and 3 times a day)
in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan. Remark: ATMs are depending on the Internet connection. 

We do not know exactly how much withdrawal fees charged by banks. The cash withdrawal is to be considered as a last option for
emergencies (especially the withdrawal fees seem particularly high).

Bring new bills
In general, Euro or USD currency banknotes which are damaged (holes, pens, small cut) will be systematically rejected in our country. We can accept cash payment only in perfect condition in USD or Euro. We would like you recommend to make sure the bank notes are in excellent condition once you bring money in cash (USD or Euro) for your trip in Myanmar.

Hpa An Downtown

Office Hours
Government and general business: 09h00 to 17h00. Monday to Friday.
Travel Agent, Hotel & Flight reservation office: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Monday to Friday 09h00 to 17h00 and half day until 12h00 on Saturday.
Super Markets/Shops: 09h00 to 21h00. Usually Monday to Sunday (except closed on some special full-moon day and dark moon day).


Health

Drink only bottled water. Do not eat raw vegetables’ only eat fruits that you can peel or cut yourself. Be wary of eating food from street stalls. Take with you some paracetamol for normal illness, apply anti-mosquito cream when you visit /trek in the villages and apply sun cream when you visit under tropical sun.

There are now International Standard Hospitals with international Medical Consultants in Myanmar for your health during your trip in Myanmar.

There are no compulsory vaccinations. Prescription drugs are not widely available and visitors should bring any required medication with them. If carrying a lot of medicines, it is advisable to have a doctor's letter stating that medicines are required for personal use. It is advisable to bring plenty of mosquito repellent, particularly for use in the evenings. As Myanmar enjoys a tropical climate, sun block cream is recommended. A spare pair of glasses, if worn, is also advisable.


Dress

Light summer wear is ideal. Rubber slippers or sandals are recommended as foot wears are strictly prohibited at Pagodas, temples and monasteries. A sweater and a raincoat will be useful if tour includes Taunggyi (4,675 feet above sea-level), the Inlay Lake and Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) 3,600 feet above sea level.


Local Time

Myanmar Standard Time (MST) is 6:30 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). 0:30 minutes behind Thailand and 1:30 hours behind Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong.


Festivals

There are literally hundreds of colorful festivals and temple fairs celebrated throughout Myanmar during any year, many of them religious or featuring traditional sports. Please contact for more information and festivals dates & places.


Shopping

While department stores, supermarkets and mini-markets in Yangon offer a wide choice of products, both foreign and local with fixed prices, the real magic of shopping is to be found mainly in the Bogyoke Aung San Market where shopping is fun and easy; and bargaining is acceptable. Otherwise, you can make shopping some local factories during your visit in Myanmar (ex lacquer-wear shops in Bagan, silk weaving factories in Mandalay, etc…).

 

Car Hire
Self-drive cars are not allowed in Myanmar at the moment. Car Rental Companies have desks at Yangon International Airport and have also so many hotels in Yangon.

 

Electricity
Electric current is usually 220 Volts AC, 50 HZ. Various plug sockets are in use: better hotels supply adapters and transformers for 110V equipment.

 

The People
Myanmar is a union of over 135 nationalities with their own dialects and traditions. The major races are Bamar, Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Rakhine and Shan. The population of Myanmar is over 56 million with the Bamar, the majority race, making up about 70 percent.

 

Language
The official language is Myanmar. English is widely spoken and understood.

 

Insurance
We highly recommend you to obtain travel insurance before coming to Myanmar. It will be very useful as per our experience.

 

Weather
From November to February , it's cold or very cold, altitude ( 3 to 5 ° C overnight in Inle Lake , Pyin Oo Lwin , Mindat, northern part of Myanmar). It is necessary to take warm clothes and socks with you if you travel in Myanmar during theses months through the above mention region.

In Inle Lake, it is imperative a windbreaker or a very warm clothes for early morning departures (with the wind, it is very cold on boat).

It does not rain generally from mid-October until late April.

 

International Airport Departure Tax
International airport departure tax is USD 10 (subject to airlines – most of the airfare are already included)

 

Domestic Airport Departure Tax
Domestic airport departure tax is USD 2 in each destination (most of the airfare are already included)

 

Tipping
Tipping is much appreciated and there is no exact limit for that. It depends on your generosity and satisfaction on their services.