Travel Tips

Travel Tips

Yangon Mingalardon Airport is the main International Airport also used for domestic . Mandalay Airport also serves as International flights to and from Thailand and china. Yangon has direct air links with Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, Taipei, Kunming, and Guangzhou.

For an updated Flight schedule,

Please click the following links:

Bangkok:

Singapore

Kuala Lumpur

Hanoi

Chiang Mai

Calcutta

Taipei

Kunming

Guang Zhou

By Overland:

Overland entry with a Border Pass is permitted at the following Border Check Points: Tachileik ,Myawaddy, Kawthaung on the Myanmar-Thai border and Muse on the Myanmar-Yunnan (China) border.

Visa & Embassies:

Myanmar requires a valid passport of minimum 6 months and a Myanmar visa for all foreigners visiting the country. Tourist visas are issued for a duration of 28 days starting from the day you enter the country, three months from the date of issue. You can obtain a visa at all Myanmar Embassies or Consulates with three photos and your passport. The international points of entry and exit in Myanmar are Yangon International Airport and Mandalay International Airport. Please click here for an updated list of Myanmar Embassies and Consulates.

Customs

All foreign currency (in excess of US$ 2000), jewelry, cameras, radios, cassette player, calculators, etc must be declared at the airport on arrival and keep a copy of the customs declaration form to be presented on departure. Antiques and archaeologically valuable items are not allowed to be taken out. Two bottles of liquor, two cartons of cigarettes, 100 cigars and ½ liter of perfume for personal use are allowed duty free. Your luggage is subject to inspection with X-ray by the customs authorities before departure.

Myanmar Standard Time

GMT(UTC) + 6 hours 30 minutes. If you come from Bangkok ,you would set your watch 30 minutes back.

Currency:

The basis unit of Local currency is called “ kyat”. Denomination notes are 10000Ks, 5000Ks, 1000Ks, 500Ks, 200Ks, respectively.

Exchange rate varies from the daily basic. The central bank of Myanmar set the exchange rates regularly every day. Now is easier to exchange local currency at Banks and licensed exchange centers. Many can withdraw the local money (Kyat) with their credit cards such as visa, master from automatic teller machines which has been installed recently in most cities and tourist places. They can withdraw as much as 10 millions kyats at a time. Service charges is 5000 kyats only. Exchange rate of this month on 21May 23, 2013 is 1 US$ = 937 Kyats.

Trip Expenses:

The cost of living expenses may differ from where you stay and where you go and eat. A bottle of local beer (256ml) may cost about 2000 ks while at high end hotels and restaurants the same beer may cost you 5US$.

For your meals (Lunch and Dinner):

At International Hotel:
It may cost you between 15 US$ to 30US$
At the local restaurant:
It may cost you between 2500Ks to 6000Ks
Beverage (Drinks):

At international hotels:
Soft drinks 3 US$ to 5 US$
A beer can 3 US$ to 5 US$
A bottle of beer 4 US$ to 5 US$
A glass of wine 3 US$ to 6 US$
Tea or coffee: 3 US$ to 5 US$
Mineral water: 1 US$ to 2 US$
At Local Restaurant:
Soft drinks in local Kyats 300 to 700 Kyats
A beer can 800 Kyats to 1000Kyats
A bottle of beer 1500 Kyats to 2200 Kyats
Tea or coffee: 200 Kyats to 500 Kyats
Mineral water: 300 Kyats to 500 Kyats

Business hours and holidays:

Most government offices open from 9:30 am to 4: 30 pm on weekdays. Banking hours are from 10 am to 2 pm. Private companies work daily except Sunday and gazette holidays. Shopping centers and super markets open daily. The most famous Bogyoke Aung San( also known as Scott) market is open at 9 :30 am to 5 pm except on Monday a gazette holidays.

Public Holidays (2013):

JAN 4 Independence Day, JAN 05 Kayin New Year Day, FEB 12 Union Day, MAR 2 Peasant’s Day, MAR 19 Full moon day of Tabaung, MAR 27 Armed Forces Day, APR 13-16 Thingyan Festival (Water Festival), APR 17 Myanmar New year Day, MAY 1 May Day (Workers’ Day), MAY 17 Full moon day of Kason, JUL 15 Beginning of Buddhist Lent, JUL 15 Full moon day of Waso, JUL 19 Martyrs’ Day, OCT 12 End of Buddhist Lent (Thadingyut Festival of Lights), NOV 10 Tazaungdaing Festival of Lights, DEC 01 National Day, DEC 25 Christmas Day.

Accommodations

There are several hotels, but accommodation standard in Myanmar still vary widely in quality. International standard hotels are available in Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay. There are hotels of every type available. You can stay luxuriously and modestly, depending upon your budget. Accommodations in remote places are on very simple basis.

What to wear

With weather being generally warm and dry, it is advisable to bring light clothing and comfortable shoes. Sandals are recommended for doing sight-seeing so as to be easily taken off. It is also recommended to bring a winter Sweater and hiking shoes/boots for trips in mountain areas especially around Inle Lake and Kalaw when in winter time night time temperature can drop to near freezing point.

Transportation

Domestic air services between major destinations have been very much progressed in Myanmar. There are daily flights from Yangon to Mandalay, Bagan, Heho ( Inlay ), Kyaingtong and Tachileik and daily train services from Yangon to Mandalay. And also bus services from Yangon to Mandalay, Bagan and Inle. Public trains, ferryboats and bus services are still unreliable and uncomfortable. But train services between Yangon and Mandalay are popular with tourists.

Note: Making your trip to remote areas especially to restricted areas is not allowed. But permission for some remote areas can be obtained on application.

Food

Some of Myanmar dishes are similar to Indian and Chinese food and consists of rice and curry. Curry dishes are generally meat or vegetables or a mixture, cooked with a common spices, onions,garlic,ginger, chili powder, lemon grass, peanut oil or sesames oil. Curries tend to be less chili-hot than Thai version. Some Myanmar dishes are oily, spicy and salty. A complete Myanmar meal may have the main dish of meat or fish, side dishes, soups, salads and desserts. Most hotels and restaurant in major cities serve various dishes of European and Asian cuisine. There are many good local restaurants with almost the same quality of food and hygiene as hotels but at reasonable prices. There are so many traditional snacks and delicacies. Most popular dishes are Mouk- hin khar (thin rice noodle served with fish gravy ), Ohn-noh-khauk-swe (noodles served with chicken chunks and coconut gravy) and Shan noddle. We would like to give the real feeling of Myanmar for the our clients, Restaurant and food are carefully selected for hygiene as well as gastronomy.

Film & Photography:

You will definitely want to make as many pictures as possible to record your trip.
Generally, the Burmese do not have any objections against being photographed. However, If you make close-shot to people, you should ask them before taking their pictures. Many pagodas charge a minimal fee for cameras; video cameras might be a little more expensive. Some museums restrict photography.
Important: Taking photograph in any military installation is forbidden.

Electricity

220 to 230 volts AC

Post & Telecommunications:

Government postal service in Myanmar is quite cheap. The letters and postcards may take one or two weeks to reach their destinations but usually most of them will arrive. Stamps can only be purchase at government post offices. One must buy a 500 kyats stamp for a postcard to Europe.

Private services like DHL come at a price but are very reliable. If one should wish to send a large size and heavy items home it can be done either by airfreight or by shipment.

International and domestic fax, E-mail and calls are available at most hotels and big cities. Whenever you make an oversea call from Myanmar, it is important to ask the price first. They charge you between 6 US$ to 9 US$. Internet access center mushrooms in most major tourist spots of Myanmar. But your global mobile phone can’t be used in Myanmar. The international telephone code for Myanmar is+ 95.

One can possibility buy 20 US$ one time GSM prepaid card at Yangon International airport or some mobile phone shops in Yangon. It is cheaper to make oversea calls. Incoming phone calls are free of charge. International phone calls costs 0,9 US$ per minute.

Cultural Information

Throughout Myanmar wherever you enter religious ground such as Pagodas, Temples, monasteries, the first thing you have to do is to remove your shoes (or sandals) and socks. Foot wearing is prohibited at the religious grounds. Socks? What you wear on your feet is footwear. You may also need to show your respect for Myanmar religion by wearing proper clothing at religious sites especially short miniskirts or pants, bra-less or sleeveless blouse for women and very short pants for men.

Health

The same precautions are the same as anywhere else – Only drink purified bottle drinking water, do not eat raw vegetables; all fruits should be carefully peeled before eaten. Be wary of eating food at road stalls. The best solution is to bring along all necessary required drugs in sufficient numbers as well as cosmetics. Used insects repellent when necessary and use sunscreen liberally when expose to intense, tropical sun.

In the event that you get sick in spite of all precautions, the following priv ate Hospital are recommended:
Pun Hlaing International Hospital:
Pun Hlaing Golf Estate Avenue, Pun Hlaing Street, Industrial Zone (6), Hlaing Thar Yar Township
Tel: (95-1) 684320-8
Fax: (95-1) 684324
Office: FMI Shopping Centre, 4th floor, Bogyoke Aung San Street, Pabedan Township
Tel: (95-1) 243010, 248910, 243013, 243012
SOS Assistance
Inya Lake Hotel, 37 Kaba Aye Pagoda Road,
Tel : (95-1) 667877, 667879

Kandawgyi Clinic
Natmauk Road,
Tel : (95-1) 530083

Entertainment:

There are all kinds of entertainment s in Yangon, cultural shows, marionette performance, theatre, cinemas and others.

For a Myanmar Cultural Variety Show we would recommend:
In Yangon the Lakeview Theatre Restaurant at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Kan Yeik Tha Road Tel: 249255-9, 242613-19.

They have a daily show from 19:30 – 20:30.
Price for the cultural show including buffet dinner is US$ 12 – per person

In Mandalay the cultural show and dinner at the Mandalay Hill Resort / Kinsana Garden Theatre
No. (9), Kwin (416B), 10th Street, At the Foot of Mandalay Hill, Mandalay
Tel: 02-35638
October to April: Daily show with dinner from 7 pm

Puppetry of Myanmar:

Myanmar Puppetry dates back many centuries. It was Probably well established in Myanmar during Bagan Period eleventh century and record of art were make in the 15th to 16th centuries. Puppetry was in great demand at the court of Myanmar royalty. Marionettes were a means of making people aware of current events, a medium for educating the people in literature, history and religion, display of lifestyles and customs. At the same time, they functioned as mouthpieces for the people in the days of royalty, tiny hands in state and social affairs.

There are some restaurants in Bagan showing daily puppet shows during dinner time. The most popular place is the Nanda Restaurant (02-67542, 67039).

Regular show: everyday stat from : 6 pm
Dinner and show: Kyats 8.000,– (approx. 10,– US$) per person
Show In Mandalay: Garden Villa theater 66th St. between 26th St. & 27 St. Beside Sedona Hotel (02-34446)
Show time: every night at 8:30 p.m.
Entrance: 5000Ks per person
Duration: one hour

 

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