Know before you go

Location

Myanmar is in Southeast Asia and it covers over 676,578 km2 making it the second largest country in South East Asia.

When to Go

Most of Myanmar boasts of a tropical climate. There are three main seasons: cool, hot, and rainy (monsoons).
Cool: November – February. Temperatures average around 30°C and the weather is less humid. Hot: March – May. Temperatures can peak at 42°C.
Monsoons: End of May – October. Temperatures drop during this time. The rain falls frequently, often in short spurts, but sometimes lasting much of the day. Rains rarely get in the way of seeing the sights and often provide a refreshing breeze. The coast experiences two seasons: dry and rainy. The rainy season runs from April – September during which many hotels andresorts close down; flights are limited during this season. The dry season is from October – March when you’ll enjoy clear skies and temperatures ranging from 30°C-34°C. Temperatures hover around 33°C in the delta and coastal regions. The northern, mountainous region enjoys the coolest temperatures. The dry zone lies within central Myanmar (which includes Bagan and Mandalay) and gets the least amount of rainfall while experiencing the highest temperatures.

Dialing

The country code is +95. Making international calls from Myanmar is costly both on the landline and mobile phones. Using Skype or other VoIP is recommended.

Money

Myanmar is still a cash economy. However, recently ATMs have been established in some of the major cities and by using VISA or MasterCard, you can withdraw the local currency. Selected outlets accept payment in cash – Myanmar Kyat (pronounced chat), major cards and U.S dollar. U.S dollars must be perfect: no tears, no folds, and absolutely no marks or writing on them. If they have marks, folds, or writing, they will not be accepted.

Language

Myanmar (Burmese) is the official language, though several other languages are frequently spoken as well. Many people speak English but when traveling to a more remote area, it’s helpful to have an English-speaking guide.

Food

Myanmar’s food is diverse and is influenced by its neighboring countries. Ethnic groups have their unique recipes and methods of cooking; for example, food in Rakhine state is often spicy and fish is a main staple. Main dishes consist of rice and a variety of curries. Mohinga, rice noodles served in a fish broth with condiments, is the breakfast of choice.

Getting Around

It’s easy to get around the city by taxi. In Yangon, many taxi drivers speak enough English to get you where you need to go; however, it’s always a good idea to have a card with the address you intend to visit written in Myanmar script. Taxis are not metered, so the price must be negotiated with the driver prior to departure.
You can take a train, boat, plane, bus, or hire private cars to help you reach your destination. We can facilitate all your transport needs.

Electricity

Electricity is 200 volts AC, 50Hz. There are many different power sockets used in Myanmar including Europe, British, and American style. Bring a few multi-pinned/ universal adaptors.

Holidays

Most holidays are centered on Buddhism since this is the predominant religion in Myanmar. Buddhist holidays are based on the lunar and solar calendars and include special events like Full Moon Days.

People

The population of Myanmar is estimated at over 60 million. Though the main ethnic group in Myanmar is Bamar, the country is incredibly diverse; the government recognizes 135 distinct ethnic groups. Theravada Buddhism is the most prevalent religion in Myanmar; however Islam and Christianity are practiced in addition to Hinduism, animism, and Mahayana Buddhism. There’s also a small Jewish synagogue in downtown Yangon.

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Modest, lightweight, quick drying clothing (cotton is best). Important:
  • shoulders and knees must be covered when entering pagodas
  • Long pants to protect ankles from mosquitoesQuick-drying sandals/flip
  • flopsLightweight walking shoes
  • Lightweight, sturdy hiking boots for trekking
  • Cardigan or light jacket when traveling during cooler seasons or up north
  • Umbrella
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Cash in U.S. dollars. Be sure the dollars are crisp and perfect without any
  • marks or folds
  • Anti-diarrheal medicine
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Guide book(s)

Visa Information

You can apply at the nearest Myanmar Embassy in your country.
We will be glad to send you “Letter of Invitation” for your visa application when required by the Embassy.

Visa on Arrival

Visa on Arrival can be pre-arranged by following similar procedures in applying tourist visa at the Myanmar Embassies abroad. Visa on Arrival is eligible for those who live in the city where Myanmar Embassy is not available or is not easily accessible.
Whichever visa you may have, check-in process is the same upon arrival at Myanmar. Please click here for detailed visa information and requirements.