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Welcome to our Myanmar !

What we do.

We provide journeys that not only let you see Myanmar but experience it as well–to be a traveler and not a tourist, to create memories of Myanmar that fill your travel journals and serve as the inspiration to continue.

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 we call home.

Travel Info

The best time to visit Myanmar

When is the best time to visit Myanmar?

The best time is between November and February. This is winter and it’s dry and rather cool. From March to May temperatures are in the range of 30 to 35°C. Some places become extremely hot. Bagan and Mandalay reach temperatures up to 45°C while the Shan and Chin states may still have comfortable temperatures from around 20°C to 30°C. This is the best season for trekking in the mountains or a boat trip in the Gulf of Bengal.

Myanmar is tropical and influenced by the monsoons so there are 3 distinct seasons. Travel is possible throughout the year; however, it is better to plan your trip keeping the following in mind:

  • November to February: It is the best time to travel as it is dry and rather cool (20-30°C) with little humidity. It seldom rains in these months. In the mountainous 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 traveling to Myanmar during this period–particularly as some hotels and restaurants are not well insulated.

20 – 30 °C Low Humidity

  • March to May: It is the hot season and temperatures are in the range of 30-35°C. Some places become extremely hot. Bagan and Mandalay reach temperatures up to 45°C while the Shan and Chin states may still have comfortable temperatures at around 20°C to 30°C; however, it is very pleasant in the mountains during this period. This is the best season for trekking or for a boat trip in the Gulf of Bengal.

30 – 35 °C Hot and Dry

  • June to October: It is the rainy season with temperatures between 25-35 °C and a high humidity rate. In the evenings, the temperature can drop to 20 °C; but, in the north and central part of the country, the temperature falls to as low as 10 °C. In the southern and western parts of the country, the monsoons during this time bring heavy rainfalls but 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 makes everything green and nature lovers find this to be the best time to visit.

25 – 35 °C Rainy Season

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Visa & Travel Permissions

For the vast majority of travelers to Myanmar, the easiest visa to obtain is the tourist visa. A tourist visa can be applied directly at the Myanmar Embassy in your home country. A tourist visa costs between 20-50 USD but runs up to 50 EUR in some Western European 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 the issue date and only allows a 28-Day visit. Customs and immigration forms must still be filled out upon arrival.

E-VISA SERVICE

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 August 2018) available for citizens of 100 countries but more countries are being added on a regular basis.

The visa is valid for arrival at the Yangon International Airport, the Mandalay International Airport and the Nay Pyi Taw International Airport. It is not valid for entrance via a 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 or debit card (Visa, Mastercard) 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 USD per day plus a 3 USD “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 USD bills and they won’t take MMK). 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) so it would be wise to stick with land routes.

PASSPORT

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.

TRAVEL PERMISSIONS

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’s 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 an alternate plan after consulting with you.

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Travel by Car

This is by far the most convenient and scenic way to travel in Myanmar other than walking. The cost of renting a car however might be more expensive than one would think due to a shortage of 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 – of which 80% is made from local parts. These jeeps are great for off-roading.

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Cruise & Luxury Boats in Myanmar

A cruise on the Irrawaddy River is often on a visitor’s “wish list.” 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 the Malikha or the RV Shwe Keinnery. Charter boats are also available for rent such as the MS Hintha or the RV Yandabo.
  • Myitkyina to Mandalay via Bhamo – run by a number of privately-owned speed boats and IWT ferries.
  • Mawlamyine to Hpa-An – small IWT private boats
  • Sittwe to Mrauk U – small IWT private boats

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.

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Railways in Myanmar

Myanmar’s railway network is comprised of 2,900 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 so be prepared for delays caused by any number of reasons.

  • The Yangon – Mandalay line has the least amount of scheduling problems.
  • 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 classes. It is also possible to order food from your seat and have it brought to you; but, the 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.

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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 Yangon and Mandalay, Yangon and Shwe Nyaung (Inle lake), and Bagan and Shwe Nyaung (Inle lake) while 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.

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Transportation

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 the 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 in the mountainous areas of Myanmar–are closed due to conflicts with neighboring countries or ethnic 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 season when weather is pleasant is a better idea.

Travel within the country is pretty much unrestricted in the tourist-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 horse carts; but, 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, public bus, 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 ship.

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Money Matters

Myanmar’s currency is called the kyat, pronounced “chat.” Bills that represent kyat are broken down into 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 5000, and 10,000 MMK 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 (August 2018 rate) :

1,470 MMK = 1 USD

1,700 MMK = 1 EUR

Tourists are entitled to exchange money (USD, SGD, and EUR) at the current market rate at the airport or at any licensed moneychanger upon presentation of your passport. Please ask your tour guide for assistance. Note: in smaller towns (Kyaing Tong, Monywa, Kyauk Me), the moneychanger may not be open on weekends.

The Central Bank of Myanmar has withdrawn all foreign currency exchange licenses for businesses including Hotels, Restaurants, Airlines, and Souvenir Shops. Starting from 01 November 2015, it is not allowed to accept payments in US dollars. Tourists can bring their own USD or EUR and change it into local MMK or withdraw local currency at any ATM with their credit or debit card.

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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 and none of the older variations such as those depicting smaller images of presidents. Make sure that you are not carrying 100 USD bills that have serial numbers that begin with CB as this will possibly result in the bill’s rejection. 100 USD bills yield the best exchange rate while smaller denominations are slightly more expensive to exchange.

The EUR is rarely used in Myanmar (even at major hotels) and thus visitors traveling with EUR will need to convert their cash to MMK. There is no problem to exchange EUR into MMK in big tourist destinations such as Yangon or Mandalay; however, it is very difficult to exchange EUR into USD. We suggest to exchange your EUR into MMK upon arrival in Myanmar or exchange EUR 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. The maximum amount per withdrawal is 300,000 MMK with a daily maximum amount of 1,000,000 MMK but is subject to the limit set up by the issuing bank. The ATMs charge a small fee of 5,000 MMK or its equivalent for each transaction. Some visa cards are restricted by the issuing bank for overseas usage; therefore, customers may require seeking the approval of the issuing bank in order to use an ATM in Myanmar.

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.

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Tipping

Tipping was unknown in Myanmar until tourists started coming to its 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. For example, if a local helps you out like taking you somewhere or finds an important person for you, then 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 MMK 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 donate or not. The people of Myanmar are usually generous to the extent that their finances allow. The amount depends on you but it might be it could be 100 – 500 MMK.

Here is a general rule of thumb for tipping:

Guides (depending on the group size) :  About 3-5 USD per day per person for a throughout guide •  About 2-3 USD per day per person for an English-speaking station guide.

Chauffeurs: •  2 USD per person per day is the average for a driver (car and boat) •  0.50 USD per bag for a porter •  About 5% of the bill is the usual in a restaurant.

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Safety

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 traveling.

The sidewalks in Myanmar are often in poor condition 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.

Restricted Areas

In Myanmar it is important to take note of areas that are off limits to 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.

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Insurance

When traveling to any foreign country, it is a very good idea to carry traveler’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 USD so it is very important that you have the proper insurance before traveling 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 (i.e. a signed document) attesting your coverage prior to leaving for Myanmar.

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Health

If you travel to Myanmar prepared, your chances of becoming ill are very low. Make sure that all of your vaccinations are current and that you are vaccinated for Tetanus, Polio, and Diphtheria. Other recommended vaccines include Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B (if you plan to be in the country 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 vaccination records against Yellow Fever upon arrival; but, this is often overlooked by the authorities.

 

Health advice

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 importantly: Trust your gut feeling. If you don’t like your food stop eating and be cautious when eating from street vendors

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Food

Given the incredible mix of cultures of the ethnicities and races which have come to settle in Myanmar over the years, the local food has adapted to create an incredible mix of Thai, Indian, 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:

  • Lahpet Thoke: Pickled tea leaves 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–rice noodles in fish broth with chick peas and lemongrass
  • Curry
  •   Butterfish Curry – made with a local freshwater fish.
  • Kyat Thar Kar La Thar Chat: “Bachelor’s curry” made with chicken and gourd

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EmbassY Contact INFORMATION

The following is a starting list of the foreign embassies and consulates in Yangon, Myanmar:

  •   AUSTRALIA

No.88 Strand Road, Kyauktada Township,  Yangon, Myanmar

Tel: +95 (0) 1  251810, 251809, 24646

Website: www.burma.embassy.gov.au

 

  •   BRAZIL

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

 

  • CHINA

NO.1, Pyidaungsu Yeiktha Road, Dagon Township, Yangon

Tel: +95 (0) 1 221-280/221-281/221-926

Website: http://mm.china-embassy.org/eng/

 

  •   DENMARK

No. 3 Pyay Road, 6 Miles Hlaing Township Yangon, Myanmar

Tel: +95 (0) 1 538 700

Website:  www.myanmar.um.dk

 

  • FRANCE

No. 102 Pyidaungsu Yeithka Road, Dagon Township Yangon, Myanmar

Tel: +95 (0) 1 212-520

Website: https://mm.ambafrance.org/

 

  •   GERMANY

No.9 Bogyoke Aung San Museum Road, Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar

Tel: +95 (0) 1 548951-2 Website:

www.rangun.diplo.de

 

  •   ITALY

No.3, Inya Myaing Road, Golden Valley,  Bahan Township,Yangon, Myanmar

Tel: +95 (0) 1  527100 / 527101

Website: www.ambyangon.esteri.it/ ambasciata_yangon

 

  •   NORWAY

No. 3 Pyay Road 6 Miles Hlaing Township Yangon, Myanmar

Tel: +95 (0) 1  513459, 513627

Website: www.myanmar.norway.info

 

  •   NEW ZEALAND

No. 43 (C), Inya Myaing Road Shwe Taung Kyar (2) Ward, Bahan Township Yangon, Myanmar

Tel: +95 (0) 1  230 6046-9

Website:  www.nzembassy.com

 

  •   RUSSIA

No.38 Sagawa Road,  Dagon Township Yangon, Myanmar

Tel: +95 (0) 1 241-955, 254-161

 

  • SINGAPORE

No. 238 Dhamazedi Road, Bahan Township Yangon, Myanmar

Tel: +95 (0) 1 559-001

Website: https://www.mfa.gov.sg/content/mfa/overseasmission/yangon.html

 

  • SPAIN

Hledan Centre, 6th Floor, Kamaryut Township Yangon, Myanmar

Tel: +95 9 250 979 880

 

  •   SWITZERLAND

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:

www.gov.uk/government/world/ burma

 

  •   UNITED STATED OF AMERICA

No. 110 University Avenue Road, Kamayut Township Yangon, Myanmar

Tel: +95 (0) 1  536-509, 535-756

Website:  www.burma.usembassy.gov

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Import & Export restrictions

IMPORT

Any time you bring in over 10,000 USD, you are required to declare the currency to Myanmar officials. Regardless, 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.

EXPORT

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 10,000 USD). Be sure to keep track of all of 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 it is a certified purchase), bronze or brass, antiques, wooden art over 24 inches tall or wide, frescoes, or inscribed stones plus any sort of national paraphernalia.

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Do’s & Don’ts 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:

  1. When you offer something to a monk, a 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.
  2. Please ask before taking photos of people–particularly monks.
  3. Learn a few words of the Myanmar language. It is always greatly appreciated!

 

The rules to respect:

  1. 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 you should avoid walking on them especially with your shoes on.
  2. 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.
  3. Do not step over the body of anyone else. But if you must, always ask to be excused first.
  4. Monks and nuns should not be touched. Women should be careful not to let any part of their body touch a monk’s robes.
  5. 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.
  6.  Don’t point your feet at anybody or anything. In addition, be sure not to sit with your feet pointed at a Buddha image (sit cross-legged or with your legs tucked behind you).
  7. Do not accept any kinds of drugs here. Penalties for drug-trafficking range from five years of imprisonment to a death sentence.
  8. Avoid posing or sitting with Buddhist images.
  9. Do not show affection in public.
  10. Do not give money directly to a monk.
  11. Do not step voluntarily on a monk’s shadow.

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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 bringing 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 with 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 MMK (~1 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 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 past years, 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 internet access at the hotel is common with WiFi becoming available in more and more restaurants and cafes. Most public areas offer free WiFi 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.

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Airport System in Myanmar

BAGGAGE

Baggage allowance on domestic flights is limited to 20 kg. A fee of a maximum 3 USD per kilogram is charged for excess luggage; but, most of the time, if it is only a few kilograms extra, the airlines waive this fee. Excess luggage can be left in Yangon hotels for collection on return from the upcountry. Passengers are permitted one piece of hand luggage which should have a maximum length of 56 cm (22 inches), a width of 45 cm (18 inches), and a depth of 25 cm (10 inches) including all handles, side pockets, wheels etc. However, in practice, these regulations are not followed properly.

AIRPORT TAXES

The domestic airport tax (2000 MMK) and the international airport tax (15 USD) are included in the air ticket and is unneeded to be paid at the airport when checking in.

ARRIVAL FORMALITIES

After arrival at the 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

AIRLINE COMPANIES

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. Both the entry and exit is at the back of the plane. They have a standard one class configuration so there is no business class on Myanmar domestic airlines.

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