VISA

Any nationality visiting Myanmar requires a visa to Myanmar. Visa can be obtained at any of Myanmar Embassy or consulates general near you. Most Myanmar Embassy has website and visa application form can be downloaded on line. If there is no Myanmar Embassy at your home country, Bangkok is the best place to get your visa to Myanmar.

LANGUAGE & RELAGION

English is widely spoken though Myanmar language is in majority and 135 ethnics group has their own dialects. Besides English speaking tour guides, other languages such as French, Italian, German, Russian and Spanish speaking tour guides are available. Over 80% of Myanmar are Theravada Buddhist and the rest with Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Animist.

CREDIT CARDS

Only very few hotels and restaurants accept credit cards. Therefore, please bring enough cash for all your personal expenses. USD is preferred and widely accepted throughout Myanmar. Euro is accepted in the larger cities like Yangon and Mandalay.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

No inoculations/vaccinations are required unless one is from/passing through an infected area. However, suggest bringing your daily medications as some of them may not available in Myanmar. Recommend to drink only bottled water throughout your journey. Mosquito repellents are helpful.

CUSTOMS

No official restriction to take along the personal electronic devices such as PC, camera, GPS, etc. Purchase the valuable item such as jeweler, antique and wood carvings only at the government registered shops which issue an official receipt to present on your departure.

CLIMATE & WEATHER

Climate is influenced by the annual monsoon that comes in regularly from the Bay of Bengal. As a result, Myanmar has three seasons – hot, rainy and cold. Due to different topographical feature, temperature as well as rain is different from region to region. The provinces in the hilly regions have pleasant climate while the central low land share relatively hot climate. The same is true in annual rain. The southwestern coast of Myanmar receives rain 200 inches per year whilst the central flat land receives less than 20 inches per year. Each season has its own attraction. During monsoon (May to early October), landscapes are green and lash and absolutely fine to visit central and upper Myanmar such as Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake.

COMMUNICATION

International Direct Dialing is available throughout Myanmar but the charges are relatively expensive. Email facilities are available at many hotels and a number of cyber cafe in Yangon and Mandalay. Web-based free emails may not be accessible in Myanmar. Your mobile will not work in Myanmar.

CLOTHING

Light casual wares are recommended for all year round. Please bring warm clothes (Oct-Feb) as the temperature is down to 2?C at night and in the morning. Avoid sleeveless and shorts while visiting religious sites as well as shoes and socks are to be taken off.

DOMESTIC AIRLINES MYANMAR

Air travel is the quickest and most comfortable mode of transport in Myanmar. Currently, Air Mandalay, Asian Wings,Air Bagan and Air KBZ are private air carrier in Myanmar using ATR 72 / ATR 42 aircraft which are made in France.