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What we do.
To share not only to see Myanmar country but experience it as well. To be a traveler and not a tourist. To create the memories of Myanmar that fill travelers’ journals and serve as the inspiration for them to continue exploring.
Who we are.
At Myanmar Diaries, values are more than just words. They are actions. They inspire us to create experiences that turn blank pages into colorful stories and allow you to record the moments and memories of the land that we call home.
- The best time to visit Myanmar
- Visa & Travel Permissions
- Travel by Car
- Cruise & Luxury Boats in Myanmar
- Railways in Myanmar
- Bus in Myanmar
- Money Matters
- Embassies Contact
- Import & Export restrictions
- Do’s & Don’t in Myanmar
- Communication in Myanmar
- Airport System in Myanmar
The best time to visit Myanmar
When is the best time to visit Myanmar?
Best time is November – Febuary which is a winter when it’s dry and rather cool. March – May temperatures are in the range 30-35°C. Some places become extremely hot. Bagan and Mandalay reach temperatures up to 45°C while the Shan & Chin states may still have comfortable temperature around 20°C to 30°C. This is the best season for trekking in the mountains or a boat trip at the Gulf of Bengal.
Myanmar is tropical and inﬂuenced by the monsoons and there are distinct 3 seasons. Travel is possible throughout the year however it is better to plan your trip to some places with the following in mind:
- November / February Best travel time is the winter when it is dry and rather cool (20-30°C) and little humidity. It seldom rains in these months. In the mountain areas of the Shan and Chin states, it can get very cold at night and the northern state of Kachin often experiences snow during this period. Warm clothing is advised for those travelling to Myanmar during this period, particularly as some hotels and restaurants are not well insulated.
20 – 30 °C Low Humidity
- March / May The hot season (March – May) temperatures are in the range 30-35°C. Some places become extremely hot. Bagan and Mandalay reach temperatures up to 45°C while the Shan & Chin states may still have comfortable temperature around 20°C to 30°C. However it is very pleasant in the mountains during this period. This is the best season for trekking in the mountains or a boat trip at the Gulf of Bengal.
30 – 40 °C Hot and Dry
- May / October Rainy season (May – October) has temperatures between 25-35 °C with high humidity. In the evenings temperature falls to 20 °C. But in the north and central Burma the temperature falls to as low as 10 °C. The South West monsoon during this time brings heavy rainfalls, mostly on the coast. It is advisable to avoid coastal areas during these months. There is rain in upper Myanmar at this time but not nearly as much. The rain greens everything and nature lovers ﬁnd this the best time to visit.
25 – 35 °C Rainy SeasonBack to Index
Visa & Travel Permissions
For the vast majority of travellers o Myanmar, the easiest visa to obtain is a tourist visa. A tourist visa can be applied directly at the Myanmar Embassy of your home country. A tourist visa costs between US$20-50 but runs up to €50 in some Western Europe countries. Travelers will be required to submit the following when applying for a visa:
- Visa Application Form
- Photocopy of the Passport Photo Page
- Three passport-sized Photos with a white Background
- Application Fee
Those who intend to visit Myanmar are advised that a single entry tourist visa’s validity expires 90 days after issue and only allows a 28 Days visit. Customs and immigration forms must still be ﬁlled out upon arrival.
The electronic visa system is the most eﬃcient way to obtain a 28-day tourist visa. The process takes 5 business days and costs 50 USD which must be paid in advance by credit or debit card. It is currently (as of January 2015) available for citizens of 100 countries but more countries are being added on a regular basis.
The visa is valid for arrival at Yangon International Airport, Mandalay International Airport and Nay Pyi Taw International Airport. It is not valid for entrance via land border.
Applications can be made on the Ministry of Immigration’s website: http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/
For more information, please visit the website of the Ministry of Immigration at http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/
CONDITIONS FOR THE VISA APPLICATION
Please be aware of the following information for any visa application:
- Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months at the time of departure from Myanmar
- You must provide a photograph (4cmx6cm) taken within 3 months from the date of the visa application and the return airline ticket
- The maximum stay in Myanmar is 28 days
- The application fee of 50 USD per person can be paid by credit card (Visa, Master) and will not be refunded if visa application is rejected
- A conﬁrmation email will be sent to you within one hour after submitting your application
- The average processing time for each application is 5 days
- The e-visa is valid for a period of 90 days after the date of issue
EXTENSIONS & OVERSTAYING YOUR VISA
Travelers to Myanmar are not permitted to extend their tourist visas, but overstaying is a possible option for those who may exceed their 28 days within the Union. A ﬁne of $3 per day plus a $3 “registration fee” is charged. There is no exact regulation, but travelers should not exceed this by over two weeks. Overstayers are advised to have exact change ready at the immigration department at the airport (as they are not likely to change $100 bills and they won’t take Kyat). Note, overstaying your visa may lead to diﬃculties with airport immigration if you’re planning domestic ﬂights, particularly in far-ﬂung airports (like Sittwe or Myitkyina). It’s wise to stick with land routes.
All visitors to Myanmar are required to carry a valid passport and a Myanmar visa. The passports must be valid for six months beyond the intended stay.
Certain regions in Myanmar require special permission for travel. In order to secure this approval we may ask for a scanned copy of your passport in advance. For speciﬁc areas, we need this scanned copy at least 3-4 weeks in advance in order to assure the paperwork completion.
From time to time, due to varying issues, places are closed without prior notice. In this case we will do our best to propose and alternate plan after consulting with the clientsBack to Index
Travel by Car
This is by far the most convenient and scenic way to travel in Myanmar except walking. The cost of renting a car however might be more expensive than one would think due to a shortage in gasoline and car parts in Myanmar. Bear in mind that you cannot drive a car in Myanmar and if you do so it could cause some problems with local authorities. Myanmar Diaries can propose a vast array of automobiles available for you to choose from for your drive. These vehicles are in good condition and have air conditioning.
Among the most popular and reliable rental cars in the country are second-hand, reconditioned Toyota Corona hatchbacks imported from Japan from 1988. Cars that are slightly more up to date are Toyota Chasers (from 1990 to 1992).Myanmar also produces its own Mazda jeeps – MJs – 80% local parts. These jeeps are great for oﬀ roading.Back to Index
Cruise & Luxury Boats in Myanmar
A cruise on the Irrawaddy River is often on the ‘wish list’ of visitors. These range from multi-day luxury cruises to simple one-day trips. Some of the key routes include:
- Mandalay to Bagan – on IWT (Government ferries) or privately-owned boats such as Malikha or RV Shwe Keinnery. Charter boats are also available for rent such as MS Hintha or RV Yandabo.
- Myitkyina to Mandalay via Bhamo – perated by a number of privately owned speed boasts and IWT ferries.
- Mawlamyine to Hpa-An – small private boats of IWT ferries
- Sittwe to Mrauk U – small private boats of IWT ferries
In addition to river cruising, the southern Mergui Archipelago is an increasingly popular place for live-aboard cruising with the option of adding scuba diving around the islands.
For more aﬄuent travel on newer vessels, some luxury boats operate in the upper and lower regions of the Irrawaddy River. We oﬀer cruises of between one and 14 nights along the river between the cities of Yangon and Mandalay, Bagan and Mandalay and some other routes. Please check with your sales consultant about the latest programs.Back to Index
Railways in Myanmar
Myanmar’s railway network comprises 2900 miles of railway track and 550 train stations. Traveling by train in Myanmar can be very enjoyable and scenic, especially if you are a fan of trains. However the ride on trains in Myanmar can be on the other hand very bumpy due to bad but steadily improving rail conditions at times and be prepared for delays caused by any number of reasons.
- The Yangon – Mandalay line line has the least problems of staying on schedule of any train.
- The Hsipaw-Mandalay line (150 km) is very popular and oﬀers some of the most stunning views ever. (Paul Theroux managed to do this back when foreigners weren’t supposed to, in his book The Great Railway Bazaar).
- The Kalaw- Nyaung Shwe (Inle) line oﬀers beautiful views over the mountainous landscapes of the Shan State.
- Most of the other lines are slower and are less comfortable and are not desirable to travel on.
Trains that travel long distances have dining cars that are accessible to passengers traveling by ﬁrst, upper and sleeper class. It is also possible to order food from your seat and have it brought to you but food quality is very poor. There is also the opportunity to buy food from vendors on the platforms when the train stops which happens quite frequently.Back to Index
Bus in Myanmar
Tourist buses in Myanmar are roomy and are air-conditioned making travel on them comfortable. Taking a local non-tourist bus can also be a fun experience for a short period but be aware that they tend to be very full, unsafe and uncomfortable. Some VIP night coaches run between YangonMandalay, Yangon – Shwe Nyaung (Inle lake) and Bagan – Shwe Nyaung (Inle lake) and other common routes are very comfortable with reclining seats and good service. Furthermore, the cost of traveling by local bus in Myanmar is very aﬀordable in comparison to ﬂights.Back to Index
While Myanmar is a large and diverse country with many wonderful places to see and lots of things to do its infrastructure is poor and transportation system can be very slow at times. Roads are often also very bumpy due to poor maintenance in rural areas. Also many routes, especially the mountainous areas of Myanmar, are closed due to conﬂicts with neighboring countries or tribal groups. These policies can be changed often so make sure to check with us before planning your trip for the latest information on what is occurring with regard to the opening and/or closing of borders or roads.
Another important factor aﬀecting the ability to travel within the country of Myanmar is the weather. During heavy rainfall many roads can close down; so traveling to Myanmar during the dry seasons when weather is pleasant is a great idea.
Travel within the country is pretty much unrestricted in the for tourists accessible areas. You may travel freely without being questioned. Some remote areas are however restricted to foreigners and need permission to be arranged a few weeks before arrival. Some areas such as Putao or Mrauk U have recently been reopened to tourists. Please be aware that the situation might still change according to the political situation.
Some methods of local transport are still powered directly by people such as the trishaw or horses, although there are many places to rent a bicycle if you would prefer that. Taxis and other modes of travel are available for long journeys within Myanmar.
Myanmar Diaries recommends traveling by air, some public buses, riverboat or private vehicle for long distances. Domestic ﬂights are arranged only with Myanmar’s privately owned airlines that are very well regulated. All cars used on tours are air-conditioned (except for some remote rural areas). Other vehicles such as jeeps, vans, coaches and buses are available upon request. There will also be the opportunity for you to charter a ferry and/or a cruise shipBack to Index
Myanmar’s currency is called the Kyat, pronounced “chat” and the coins are called pya. Bills that represent Kyat are broken down into 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 5000 and 10,000 Kyat denominations. Please be aware that the Kyat is a non-convertible currency and cannot oﬃcially be exchanged abroad.
The oﬃcial exchange rate in Myanmar is around (April 2017 rate) :
1,355 Kyat = 1 USD
1,446 Kyats = 1 Euro
Tourists are entitled to exchange money (US Dollars, Singapori and Euros) at the current market rate at the airport or at any licensed moneychanger on presentation of your passport. Please ask your tour guide for assistance. Note: in smaller towns (Kyaing Tong, Monywa, Kyauk Me), exchange may not be open on weekends.
The Central Bank of Myanmar has withdrawn all foreign currency exchange license for businesses including Hotels, Restaurants, Airlines and Souvenir Shops. Starting from 01 November 2015, it is not allowed to accept payments in US dollars. Tourist can bring their US-Dollar or Euros and change it into local Kyats or withdraw local currency at any ATM with their credit card.
All USD brought into Myanmar must be in pristine condition (new or nearly new bills).
Make sure that paper notes are not marked or stamped IN ANY WAY. Pencil marks can be removed but any permanent marks will adversely impact a note’s value or cause it to be rejected altogether. Do not have any creases or fold lines as this will also decrease a note’s value. Make sure that your bills are current US currency; none of the older variations such as those depicting smaller images of presidents. Make sure that if you are carrying $100 bills that their serial numbers do not begin with CB as this will possibly result in the bill’s rejection. $100 bills yield the best exchange rate while smaller denominations are slightly more expensive to exchange.denominations are slightly more expensive to exchange.
The Euro is rarely used in Myanmar, even at major hotels, and thus visitors travelling with Euro will need to convert their cash to Myanmar Kyats. There is no problem to exchange Euros into Kyat in big tourist destinations such as Yangon or Mandalay however it is very diﬃcult to exchange Euros into USD. We suggest to exchange your Euros into Kyat upon arrival in Myanmar or exchange Euros for USD before you enter the country.
Credit Cards & ATMs
The network of ATM machines covers the most visited cities in Myanmar by tourists and business travelers. Maximum amount per withdrawal is MMK 300,000 and daily maximum amount of withdrawal is MMK 1,000,000 subject to the limit set up by the issuing bank. The ATMs charge a small fee of MMK 5000 or equivalent for each transaction. Some visa cards are restricted by the issuing bank for oversea usage and therefore, customers may require seeking the approval of the issuing bank in order to do so.
Credit Cards are accepted by a few vendors- usually high-end hotels or shops. However they usually entail a 5-10% surcharge and do not always work.Back to Index
Tipping was unknown in Myanmar until tourists started coming to the shores. These days, people such as workers who help you with luggage at the airports and in hotels have grown accustomed to getting a tip from tourists. The same goes for tour guides and the drivers. There is a concept in Myanmar called ‘tea money’ which is similar to tipping; if a local helps you out like taking you somewhere or ﬁnds an important person for you they would be looking for you to provide a small amount of tea money for their help. It’s probably wise to always have some small change in Kyat handy for when these occasions arise.
Sometimes when visiting pagodas and monasteries you might be asked to make a donation. It is up to you whether to or not. The people of Myanmar are usually generous to the extent their ﬁnances allow. The amount depends on you but it might be around 100 – 500 Kyats.
Here is a general rule of thumb for tipping:
Guides (depending on group size) : • About $3-$5 per day per person for a throughout guide • About $2-$3 per day per person for an English station guide.
Chauﬀeurs (voitures et bateaux): • $2 per person per day is average for a driver (car and boat) • $0.5 per bag for a porter • About 5% of the bill is usual in a restaurant.Back to Index
Myanmar is one of the safest countries in the world, especially for foreign visitors. However, some thefts have been reported recently in touristic places such as Bagan or Inle Lake. You should use hotel safes when they are oﬀered and avoid wearing valuable goods while travelling.
The sidewalks in Myanmar are often in poor repair so watch your step in either large cities or small villages. It is a good idea to use a ﬂashlight while walking at night so you can see the ground in front of you because the lighting in some areas can be poor as well.
In Myanmar it is important to take note of areas that are oﬀ limits to the foreign travelers. However, you may be able to visit these restricted places with a special authorization that Myanmar Diaries can provide. Please be aware that some permits might take several weeks to be approved and we ask your patience while we apply for these permissions. Some land routes to distant areas are also closed, e.g. Putao or Kyaing Tong are accessible by ﬂight only.
If you plan to visit remote areas please ask your travel consultant who can advise you on restricted areas or those requiring prior permission. Please note that we will not accept the risk of sending you to an ‘oﬀ-limits’ area whilst on our tours.Back to Index
When travelling to any foreign country it is a very good idea to carry traveller’s medical insurance. If you do happen to become ill or injured while on vacation without insurance the bills can become very expensive very quickly.
Myanmar can be an especially expensive place to become ill in light of the fact that sometimes patients will need to be air lifted to Thailand or Singapore from Myanmar in order to receive the best care. Such airlifts can cost upwards of $25,000.00 so it is very important that you have the proper insurance before travelling to Myanmar.
If there is such an emergency and you have no insurance the company responsible for medical transportation will not help you whatsoever. Make sure to receive physical evidence (a signed document) attesting to your coverage prior to leaving for Myanmar.Back to Index
If you travel to Myanmar prepared your chances of becoming ill are very low. Make sure that you have that all of your vaccinations are current and that you are vaccinated for Tetanus, Polio and Diphtheria. Other vaccines recommended include Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B (if you are incountry for over 3 months), Typhus and Tuberculosis, vaccinations against rabies and Japanese encephalitis are also advised. Oﬃcially there are no vaccinations required to enter Myanmar. However, any travels from West Africa, Central Africa, Central America or South America need to present vaccinations records against Yellow Fever upon arrival but this is often overlooked by the authorities.
1. Drink plenty of ﬂuids during the day (2 liters)
2. Do not drink tap water in Myanmar. Only bottled water is drinkable
3. Do not eat unpeeled fruits, raw vegetables and ice
4. Wash your hands frequently
5. Most important: Trust your gut feeling. If you don’t like your food stop eating and do a double take when eating from street vendorsBack to Index
Given the incredible mix of cultures of the tribes and races which have come to settle in Myanmar over the years, the local food has adapted to create an incredible mix of Thai, India and Chinese cooking. This delicate mix has come together to form Myanmar’s own exquisite cuisine. Curry is one of the most common dishes served in Myanmar, always with a serving of steamed rice. The food in Myanmar diﬀers immensely depending on the region.
Here’s some of our favorites:
- LahpetThoke Pickled tealeaves served with fried nuts and beans
- Shan Noodles Sticky rice noodles topped with tomato sauce with sesame and peanuts and your choice of chicken or pork.
- Mohinga The country’s national dish, Mohinga – rice noodles in ﬁsh broth, chick pea and lemongrass soup.
- Butterﬁsh Curry – made with a local freshwater ﬁsh.
- Bachelor Hähnchencurry – an Indian
The following is a list of most of the foreign embassies and consulates in Yangon, Myanmar:
No.88 Strand Road, Kyauktada Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: +95 (0) 1 251810, 251809, 24646
No.42 Pyi Htaung Su Yeik Thar Road, Dagon Township,Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: +95 (0) 1 230-2393 / 4, 221-268
Website: www.brazil-embassy.net/ burmar.html
No. 3 Pyay Road, 6 Miles Hlaing Township Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: +95 (0) 1 212-520, 212-530
No.9 Bogyoke Aung San Museum Road, Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: +95 (0) 1 548951-2 Website:
No.3, Inya Myaing Road, Golden Valley, Bahan Township,Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: +95 (0) 1 527100 / 527101
Website: www.ambyangon.esteri.it/ ambasciata_yangon
No. 3 Pyay Road 6 Miles Hlaing Township Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: +95 (0) 1 513459, 513627
- NEW ZEALAND
No. 43 (C), Inya Myaing Road Shwe Taung Kyar (2) Ward, Bahan Township Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: +95 (0) 1 230 6046-9
No.38 Sagawa Road, Dagon Township Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: +95 (0) 1 241-955, 254-161
No. 11 Kabaung Lane, 5 ½ Mile Pyay Road Hlaing Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: +95 (0) 1 534754 507089
- UNITED KINGDOM
No. 80 Strand Road, Kyaukdata Township, Yangon Myanmar
Tel: +95 (0) 1 38 0322, 256 438 Website:
- UNITED STATED OF AMERICA
No. 110 University Avenue Road, Kamayut Township Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: +95 (0) 1 536-509, 535-756
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Import & Export restrictions
Any time you bring in over USD 10.000 you are required to declare the currency to Myanmar oﬃcials, however many people do not. If you bring any expensive electronics or other equipment it is best to declare these items when you enter the country just in case they are lost or stolen (very rare) during your trip. You may bring up to two bottles of liquor, a bottle of perfume, 2 cartons of cigarettes, 100 cigars.
The export of playing cards or other gambling equipment, antiques, anything to do with archaeology or pornography are prohibited. Furthermore, Myanmar does not allow the export of any of its currency when leaving the country. You may bring in and exit with as much foreign currency as you like but you must declare it (if over USD 10.000). Be sure to keep track of all your spending with receipts wherever possible to avoid being accused of black market activities when you return home.
You are not allowed to export ANY of the following items:
Old coins, fossils, jewelry or precious stones (unless a certiﬁed purchase), bronze or brass, antiques, wooden art over 24 inches tall or wide, frescoes or inscribed stones, any sort of national paraphernalia. !Back to Index
Do’s & Don’t in Myanmar
When visiting Myanmar, there are some customs and beliefs that travelers should be aware of before coming to the country in order to avoid offending any of the locals.
The rules to follow:
- When you offer something to a monk or nun or an elderly person, use both hands. With others, apart from casual transactions at shops or food stalls use your right hand or both hands in order to be polite in the case of giving or receiving gifts, etc.
- Please ask before taking photos of people, particularly monks.
- Learn a few words of the Myanmar language. It is always greatly appreciated!
The rules to respect:
- Never wear shoes and socks inside a pagoda or monastery, as they are not allowed, although some monasteries allow footwear in the grounds. When visiting someone’s home, shoes should always be left at the door. You should also remember that carpets, mats and other kinds of floor covering are meant to be sat upon, so should avoid walking on them especially with your shoes on.
- Myanmar dress is conservative; therefore visitors should avoid wearing anything alluring in public. In a pagoda, men and women should avoid wearing sleeveless shirts or revealing clothing.
- Do not step over the body of anyone else. But if you must, always ask to be excused first.
- Monks and nuns should not be touched. Women should be careful not to let any part of their body touch a monk’s robes.
- Do not lose your temper. Furthermore, touching someone older than you on the head may also be interpreted as an act of aggression and should be avoided.
- Don’t point your feet at anybody or anything. As well, be sure not to sit with your feet pointed at a Buddha image (sit cross-legged or with your legs tucked behind you).
- Do not accept any kinds of drugs here. Penalties for drug-trafficking range from five years’ imprisonment to a death sentence.
- Avoid posing or sitting with Buddhist images.
- Do not show affection in public.
- Do not give money directly to a monk.
- Do not step voluntarily on a monk’s shadow.
Communication in Myanmar
POST Myanmar’s mail services are behind the times like many other aspects of Burmese industry. While the mail system is quite affordable it can be unreliable and on occasion mail can be lost. If you happen to buy anything valuable while in Myanmar it is not recommended that you mail it home but rather take it home with you when you depart the country. If you purchase anything that you absolutely need to ship back as opposed to bring with you on the plane we recommend using a reputable courier such as DHL. DHL is reliable but has its price. If you happen to purchase an extremely large or heavy item there are options for shipping it however you will have to consult your guide as to those options if the situation should arise. MOBILE PHONES Myanmar has started to implement international roaming agreements with some overseas telecommunication providers. Please check before your trip with your telecommunication provider if you can use your mobile phone in Myanmar. Otherwise, your handset and SIM card from your home country will not work. Even if your mobile and SIM card from your country of origin work in Myanmar you will not be able to send messages (SMS) abroad. The price of local SIM cards has dropped considerably in the past year. SIM cards from Ooredoo and Telenor are on sale for 1,500 Ks (1.5 USD) or the government-operated MPT is around the same price. The service is best in major cities but smaller towns are also now connected to the network but with less reliable service. There is also the possibility to purchase mobile internet, but it can be extremely slow or not available.
INTERNET although dramatically better than in years passed, internet access in Myanmar can still be frustratingly slow for visitors. In main cities such as Yangon and Mandalay the connections are faster and more consistent than in Inle Lake, Bagan and other more rural areas. Internet cafes and access at the hotel is common, WIFI is becoming available in more and more restaurants and cafes. Most public spots offer WIFI for free or at reasonable prices. However, depending on the location be prepared to wait when loading websites or sending out emails. The 3G network has developed in recent months and one of the most reliable ways to stay connected is to buy a SIM card (see below) with a data package. Data packages are valid for one month and range from 1 – 5.5 GB. Tourist SIM packages are frequently being promoted and offer the best value for short-stay visitors. Please ask your sales consultant or guide for the latest offer.Back to Index
Airport System in Myanmar
Baggage allowance on domestic flight 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. Excess luggage can be left in Yangon hotels for collection on return from upcountry. Passengers are permitted one piece of hand luggage which should have a maximum length of 56 cm (22 inches), width of 45 cm (18 inches) and depth of 25 cm (10 inches) including all handles, side pockets, wheels etc. However, in practise These Regulation are not followed properly.
AIRPORT TAXES The domestic airport tax (2000 Kyat) and the international airport tax (15 USD) are included in the air ticket and is not needed to be paid at the airport when checking in
ARRIVAL FORMALITIES After arrival at Yangon International Airport queue up at the immigration counters with a filled-out arrival card and your passport with your visa stamped inside. After passing immigration, collect your luggage from the luggage belt and proceed to the customs counter. Hand over your filled-out customs form to the officer. Please be informed that Mobile phones and laptops are no longer kept in storage on arrival as is still written in some guidebooks and websites. For more information about the formalities upon arrival, please have a look at the official website of Myanmar Customs: http://www.myanmarcustoms.gov.mm/ passengerdeclaration.aspx COMPANIES AÉRIENNES We use the following domestic airlines. All seven airlines fly French-Italian ATR turboprop planes (Avions de Transports Régionaux), a type of plane well suited for the local conditions, airports and distances. The configuration is 70-seats (ATR 72) in rows of 4 seats with a middle aisle. Entry exit is at the back of the plane. Standard one class configuration; there is no business class on Myanmar domestic airlines.Back to Index