Local people who are and friendly and ready to lend you a helping hand, the best taste of indigenous food, fresh atmosphere and amazing architecture will never fail to impress you. We're confident you would have great experience to be remembered and like it for many reasons.
The largest city, Yangon can be explored as a former colonial city. The most outstanding landmark, Magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, sits on top of a hill to be seen from everywhere. Another heart of our Yangon is Sule Pagoda, located in the centre of Yangon. Variety of attraction sites to visit such as ancient pagodas, magnificent images, amusement parks, many museums you can choose and enjoy.
Second largest city and former ancient capital is Mandalay which is dominated by stunning Mandalay hill. You're worth to visit there not only for the view but also for all the interesting pagodas and temples. The longest teak wood bridge 'U Bein' is also there. By exploring Mandalay, you would have richer understanding of what Buddhism is all about.
The world's largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples and pagodas is situated in amazing Bagan. You can spend an incredible few days exploring by bike, watching the sun set over Bagan's temple, exploring the historical fact of wonderful ancient pagodas and making friends with the friendly local people.
Inle Lake will never fail to show you its astonishing beauty and offer you the opportunity to observe the leg-rowing people's life. Take a scenic boat ride on the glittering lake and observe floating gardens, fishing villages and experience local lifestyles and soak in spectacular view.
Trekking experience in Myanmar is also a new activity and really amazing experience. Most backpackers opt for a two day trek around the stilt villages of Inle Lake. Other trekking sites such as Kalaw and Kyauk Me' can also be visited.
To make some more adventures, you can head even deeper into the country's largely unexplored regions and visit the stunning temple ruins at Mrauk U.
Myanmar cuisines have the new taste unlike the rest of Asia. Every region in Myanmar has its own traditional style of cooking and their local food. Shan and Rakhine food is very popular. Myanmar people love to try the different taste of the food from other regions. So their lovely practice is bringing food from the region they visited as a present for family and friends. Come and try the delightful taste of Myanmar Monhigar and other delicious ones.
For beach lovers, Myanmar has a hidden paradise of stunning beaches and islands. Some visitors are not yet aware that Myanmar has some of the world's most beautiful beaches and islands. This is the perfect time to discover and enjoy your beach days.
There are over 800 islands in Mergui archipelago, paradise of sea-gypsies (Mokens), giving you the perfect opportunity to head out on a kayak or boat and discover paradise in the ocean.
Your days in Myanmar will actually be more than simple holidays.
The more we travel, the more we can learn. Come and explore things here that cannot be found anywhere else. Let's meet up and just observe the smiles!!
Reciprocal respect is highly valued among the cultural disparities. No matter how fast the process of globalization is getting momentum, East and West are still embracing their own characters. To bridge the gap, understanding and knowing the local people is useful. To understand and to know the alien, it is advisable to follow the dos and don'ts in another hemisphere. Some advices are as follows :
Our Myanmar has several small domestic airlines, operating with different flight schedules but similar routes. For the most part, they are very comparable in cost, equipment, quality, service, food, and scheduling. Plane types are considered to be well suited for our local conditions and distances. Our reliable domestic airlines are :
|Golden Myanmar Airline
For your unexpected problems and emergency cases, you may be able to ask for any advice from your home embassy. You have the right to register before you leave your home country so that the embassy staff will know where to reach you in case of emergency at home.
Please note that there might not be an English-speaking operator on the line when you make a call any embassy contact number.
Yangon International Airport is located 20 km from downtown Yangon. The Arrival Terminal is located separately from the Departure Terminal and the Domestic Terminal. Simplified procedures ensure that on arrival and departure, international passengers are processed quickly through immigration and customs.
Mandalay International Airport is located in the centre of Myanmar, about 35km outside from Mandalay.
Domestic airport tax (1000 Kyats ) and international airport tax (10 USD) are now already included in air ticket fare and is not needed to be paid at the airport when you check in.
Baggage allowance on domestic flights is limited to 20 kg. A fee of maximum 3 USD per kg is charged for excess luggage but most of the time, if it is only a few kilograms extra, the airline waves this fee.
Myanmar's currency called 'Kyat', comes in notes 10000, 5000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1, is non-convertible and cannot officially be exchanged abroad.
You can exchange US Dollars, Singapore Dollars, and Euros to Myanmar Kyats at the current market rate at the airport or any licensed money changer.
Credit Cards are only accepted at very few major hotels, airlines and some international shops and restaurants. We like to suggest you to bring sufficient amount of cash for personal expenses. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and all public holidays and kindly note that the banking system is still developing, and the ATMs and Credit Cards should not be relied upon as cash money.
The network of ATM machines covers the most visited cities in Myanmar by tourists and business travelers. Maximum amount per withdrawal is 300,000 Kyats and daily maximum amount of withdrawal is 1,000,000 Kyats subject to the limit set up by the issuing bank. As some visa cards are restricted by the issuing bank for oversea usage, customers might need to get the approval of the issuing bank in order to do so.
Traveler Checks are not accepted in Myanmar.
Foreign Exchange Certificates (FECs) are no longer in use in Myanmar and were abolished in March 2013.
Health officials require certification of immunization against cholera, and against yellow fever if the traveler has travelled or stayed at affected areas within nine days before the arrival date. Proof of smallpox vaccination is no longer required.
Tourists are strongly suggested to make insurance policies at one's country or from international institutions. It is highly recommended to inform the tour operator in Myanmar the contact points regarding insurance matters in case of such urgency occurs; and the identification of the insurance company. If you encounter serious illness or some injuries on your trip without insurance, your cost will become very expensive and the company responsible for medical transportation will not help you whatsoever. So make sure to receive physical evidence (a signed document) attesting before leaving for Myanmar.
Some health advices are :-Do not drink tap water
Yangon International Airport, Mandalay International Airport and Naypyidaw International Airport are the main gateways to Myanmar.
Although direct flights to Myanmar are still difficult to find, travelers from all over the world are flying to Yangon or Mandalay with one stop.
Direct-linked countries are:
Myanmar Airways International (8M), Thai Airways (TG), Malaysia Airlines (MH), Silk Air (SG), Air Asia (FD), Indian Airlines (IC), Bangkok Airways (PG), China Airlines (CI), China Southern (CZ), Air China (CA), Vietnam Airlines (-), operate regular flights to Yangon. Air Bagan operates Yangon - Chiang Mai - Yangon flights.
Myanmar shares common borders with China, Lao PDR and Thailand on the northeast and east; and with Bangladesh and India on the west. At present, there are border checkpoints which allow tourists from China and Thailand to enter through these checkpoints with border passes and for third country tourists with valid passport and visa. Further information on this is available from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism as www.moht.gov.mm www.tourism-myanmar.org
Travelers are not permitted to enter Myanmar by seas or river.
The international points of entry and exit Myanmar are Yangon International Airport, Mandalay International Airport and Naypyidaw International Airport. On arrival, you need to show your passport (with valid entry visa) and disembarkation card to the Immigration officer at the International Airport.
Myanmar requires visa which is valid for 28 days starting from the day you enter the country, three months from the date of issue.Passport
A valid passport with entry visa which is applicable at Myanmar Embassies and Consulate General Offices abroad is required for all tourists & businessmen. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the intended stay.Tourist Visa (Normal)
A tourist visa can be applied directly through a visa agency in your country or directly at the Myanmar Embassy You have to submit the following when applying for a visa:
Visa on Arrival is granted at Yangon and Mandalay International Airports to citizens who hold ordinary passports from any country. The validity of the visas are 28 days for Tourist Visa and Social Visa; and 70 days for Business Visa. Visa on Arrival is granted to both FTSs and Package Tourists on prior arrangement with the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism.E-Visa
The electronic visa system is the most effective way to obtain a 30-day tourist visa. The cost 50 USD must be paid in advance by credit or debit card. It is now available for citizens of 67 countries and more countries are being added. The visa is valid for arrival at international airports in Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyitaw.Official Website: https://www.myanmarevisa.gov.mm
After disembarking your flight take the short walk through to the immigration area with a filled-out arrival card and your passport (visa stamped inside). You should have your visa from a Myanmar embassy of your country before you travel. Immigration officers at Yangon are reported to be very warm and friendly and the process should be quite fast due to the small number of foreign visitors.
If you choose the visa on arrival option, you will have to queue up at the visa on arrival counter and present the 2 approval letters from the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Immigration previously sent by us. Someone from the Immigration department will be there to assist you and give your visa application form and passport picture at the counter.
Then you will immediately notice that the people waiting for you outside and can see you through the enormous glass walls separating the air side from land side.
After passing immigration, the baggage claim area is next and be prepared for some wait here for the luggage belt is known to take around 30 minutes to begin. Once you claim your luggage head through the appropriate isle at customs; green for nothing to declare or red if you suspect you have some kind of contraband. Through customs you can exit the building and find a currency exchange, tourist information and taxi stand just before the exit.
You may visit some places such as the beach without a guide. But we have to provide an efficient guide who will bring you guidance and knowledge for most places in Myanamar.
If you choose STATION GUIDE, our friendly and experienced station guide will meet you at a specific destination such as Bagan or Inle Lake or another area. They are especially skilful and knowledgeable about their area and will accompany you until you leave to another destination.
If you want a language guide other than English for your journey, we like to provide you a THROUGHOUT GUIDE (France, German, Italian etc.) from Yangon because it might not be convenient as station guides only speak English. He/She will accompany and assist you throughout your entire journey.
You can visit our country throughout the year but some regions are inaccessible such as beach because of bad weather in the wet season. There are three distinct seasons in Myanmar _ the hot season (From March to May), the rainy season (From May to October) and the winter (From November to February).
In the hot season, some places are very hot, and Bagan, Mandalay and its surroundings are the driest places though it is still very pleasant in the mountain regions (the best time for trekking). There might be heavy rain falls during rainy season so you should avoid visiting coastal regions. However, this is the finest time for nature lovers to see green sceneries all around the country.
The very best time to visit Myanmar is from November to February. We called this period as 'High Season' and you can see the weather is very pleasant in the whole country. It seldom rains in these months and can get very cold at night in the mountain areas of the Chin and Shan states.