Travel Tips

We offer our value travelers some helpful ideas and suggestions when planning your trip to Myanmar. If you need more specific information please feel free & don't hesitate to contact us.

Myanmar Round Up

There are two air accesses to Myanmar, Yangon - the capital, Mandalay - the second capital & moreover it can be access from border area such as Tachileik from Thai border and Muse from China border.

Yangon Gateway

Myanmar Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways International, Thai Air Asia, China Eastern Airlines, Silk Air, Myanmar Airways International (Jet Star), Malaysia Airlines, Mandarin Airlines, Air China, Indian Airlines. Vietnam airlines, Quarter Airways, Korean Airlines, Condor Air are directly operate to Yangon International Airport.

Mandalay Gateway

China Eastern Airlines flies between Mandalay & Kunming daily with Boeing 737.
Thai AirAsia also flies from BKK (Dommuang Airport) to Mandalay 4 days a week. Air Mandalay & Air Bagan flies form Chaing Mai to Mandalay.

Border-passes

As Myanmar is sharing the borders with China, Laos, Thailand, India & Bangladesh, some of the borders are open to foreign visitors.

From China (Ruili-Muse & Tar Law´-Kyaing Tong)

Originally built to supply the Chinese forces in its struggle against the Japanese, the famous “Myanmar Road” runs from Kunming in China’s Yunnan province to the city of Lashio. Nowadays the road is open to travelers carrying permits, from the Chinese side (Ruili) into Myanmar via Muse.
Three hours drive (90 km) from Kyaing Tong is another Myanmar-China border, Mine Lar. This access will bring us to China-Xishaungbanna province. The permit has to be asked at both sides, Myanmar and China.

The permits from Myanmar can easily be arranged but only if the travelers book the whole arrangements with local tour operators and travel agents in Myanmar.

From Thailand (Mae Sai-Thachileik)

The bridge spans the Sai River between Myanmar’s Thachileik & Thailand’s Mae Sai. The border check-point opens daily from 6 AM to 6 PM. We just have to cross the bridge on foot for five minutes then, the border check-points of both Myanmar & Thailand sit in each side.

From Thailand (Sangkhlaburi-Three-pagodas pass, Payathonezu)

This is one of the most interesting and accessible of the border crossing points. Now there is also legal trade going on at Three Pagodas Pass- Payathonezu. Travellers have been allowed to go inside the country but the road is quite bad.

From Thailand (Mae Sot-Myawaddy)

This crossing begins a route from Myawaddy to Mawlamyine via Kawkareik along a rough road.
The following details are required at one month in advance for border-pass.

Full Name
Date of Birth
Passport numbers with issued & expire dates
Nationality
Occupation
Sex

Airport Departure Tax

There is a departure tax of 10 USD per person payable on international departures only. Now most of the international flight tickets are included airport tax.

Visa

A 28 days tourist visa is available at any Myanmar embassies or diplomatic missions abroad. Two application forms and three passports size photos will be needed.

Now Evisa is available and please visit this page for your visa application:

http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ 

The Myanmar government reserves the right to change visa regulations at short notice, contact Taste of Myanmar Travels & Tours for the latest information.
Pre-arranged visas on arrival at Yangon International Airport can be obtained in exceptional cases upon request in advance, contact Taste of Myanmar Travels & Tours for further information.

Business and Tourist Visa will also soon be possible to obtain with advance arrangement. 6 months valid passport and an entry visa are required for all visitors.

Entry Visa Formalities

It can be obtained all the visitors traveling in Myanmar under the arrangements of local tour operators. The complete personal data is required minimum two weeks ahead. We need the scanned passport of the client including arrival and departure flight time.

As soon as we receive those data, we apply for arrival visa and finally we will send the letter with the kind attention to airlines concerned or To Whom It May Concern, depending on the airlines which the passengers take. The passengers have to bring that letter with them when they come to Myanmar in order to show at the transit counter before embarking on board. Please bring two passport-sized photos for the visa. The validity is 28 days. 6 months valid passport and an entry visa are required for all visitors.

Customs

Foreign currencies, jewelries, electrical goods and video cameras must be declared at the airport.
Duty free allowance: Two bottles of liquor; two cartons of cigarettes; 100 cigar; 1.5 lb of tobacco; one pint bottle of perfume or eau de cologne.

Pre-Departure Preparations

A travel insurance policy to cover theft, loss and medical problems is a wise idea.
Aspirin or Panadol (for pain or fever), Antibiotics, Calamine lotion (to ease irritation from bites or stings), Bismuth preparation (Pepto-Bismol), Imodium or Lomoti (for stomach upsets and diarrhea), Bandages (for minor injuries), Insect repellent, sunscreen, suntan lotion, chap-stick and water purification tablets are recommended to carry.

Ideally antibiotics should be administered only under medical supervision and should never be taken indiscriminately.

What to wear

Throughout the year, it is advisable to wear summer clothing: thin cloths in light color. From November to February, warm clothes are recommended for visits to Northern provinces & Shan state. The temperature for the rest of the place are not so much different.
In rainy season (July to September), it is advisable to bring umbrellas or raincoats.

Seasons to visit Myanmar

Generally speaking, Myanmar is well access in all year round. Even though it has the affect of monsoon in July, August & September, it is not rainy the whole country. Only the parts, which are closed to the sea, such as Yangon and coastal regions have sometimes heavy rains but it does not happen in all three months. Since Mandalay & Bagan are in the arid land, even in monsoon period, there is very little rain. Since Inle Lake is hilly region, sometimes it rains and sometimes it does not. Nevertheless, the rains do not disturb our visits and sightseeing.

The best period to come to Myanmar is from October to end of March. April and May are the hottest months in Myanmar but no rain. Here we mention you the average temperature of each destination for your convenience.

Average Temperatures in the Main Destinations

TEMPERATURE (.C) JAN FEB FEB APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Yangon 18-33 19-35 21-37 24-38 25-35 24-30 24-30 24-30 24-31 24-32 22-32 19-51
Mandalay 14-29 16-32 20-36 24-38 26-37 26-35 24-30 26-34 25-34 24-33 20-30 15-30
Bagan 14-29 16-32 20-36 24-38 27-38 26-34 27-34 26-34 26-34 24-33 20-31 15-29
Inle 4-24 5-26 10-29 15-30 18-30 20-27 19-27 19-27 20-27 18-27 13-25 7-24
Kyaing Tong 16-30 17-30 25-30 25-34 25-34 26-35 26-32 26-32 28-32 24-32 22-30 18-30
Kyaing Tong 16-30 16-28 22-28 26-30 26-31 27-32 27-30 27-30 28-32 25-28 22-28 18-28
Ngapali Beach 16-28 16-28 22-28 26-30 26-31 27-32 27-30 27-30 27-30 25-28 22-28 18-28

Things to buy

Shopping in Myanmar is better than ever now. Bartering is also quiet acceptable. In larger towns and cities the best bargains are usually found in the public markets. Each place has its own particular such as lacquer ware - the local product of Bagan, marionette, tapestry, textile & silver ware in Mandalay & traditional Shan bag, some handicraft & very good quality of Silk are main souvenirs of Inle lake area. The rubies and jades are world famous and you can find the best quality in the world.Simulated antiques, fine ceramics and copies of famous paintings are also possible to buy. Most of the souvenirs shops accept Dollars, Euros or local currency. A few jewelry shop in Yangon accept visa card, master card.

Export Restrictions

The following items cannot legally be taken out of the country:
Prehistoric implements and artifacts, fossils, old coins, bronze or brass weights, bronze or clay pipes, kammawas or parabaiks, inscribed stones, inscribed gold or silver, historical documents, all religious images including of Buddha.

Electricity

Myanmar has a great potential for producing hydroelectricity; about 50% of its electricity is from hydroelectric plants. The remainder of Myanmar’s electricity is produced by thermal plants using natural gas, diesel fuel, or coal. The voltage is 230 volt, AC 50 HZ. Most of the hotels and places have three-pin plugs. For those who have brought video camera, adapter is highly recommended.

Gratuities & Tipping

Myanmars are genuinely happy to help foreign visitors and don’t expect anything in return. But if your guide or any other person during your trip was especially kind or helpful a gratuity would be a generous gesture and greatly appreciated.