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12 Expert Myanmar Travel Tips for First-timers to Know

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Myanmar, a relatively low-profile country in Southeast Asia, is both familiar and mysterious. Known as the “Land of Buddhism”, Myanmar boasts a splendid religious culture. Across the country, Buddhist temples stand, golden pagodas gleaming in the sun. In addition to Buddhist architecture, Myanmar’s natural landscape is quite attractive.

Traveling to Myanmar can be challenging for first-timers because decades of isolation have resulted in only a handful of tourist information being uncovered. We are here to help you get some practical Myanmar travel tips that will make your trip easy and enjoyable.

Because of its tropical monsoon climate, you can visit Burma all year round. But the best time to visit Myanmar is from November to February when there is mild weather and beautiful scenery. On top of that, there is not much precipitation during this time of year.

You are advised to avoid traveling to Myanmar between June and September when it is rainy season. Attractions such as Ngapali Beach would be closed during this period due to impassable roads.

Try to avoid visiting Myanmar between June and September, when the rainy season is in full swing. Attractions like Ngapali Beach will be closed during this time due to impassable roads.

☛ See also: Myanmar Weather

2. Is it safe to travel to Myanmar?

In general, most areas of Myanmar are considered very safe. Some parts of the country are still experiencing political unrest, but they are far from major travel destinations and there have been no reports of tourist-related violence.

In addition, there have been few incidents of theft and robbery of tourists in this country. Of course, Myanmar is also actually quite safe for women traveling alone. You are unlikely to encounter any problems, but should follow the norms of this Buddhist country.

3. Myanmar Tourist Visa

Myanmar tourist visas are issued to foreigners who enter the country for tourism purposes. Most foreigners need to apply for a visa in advance to enter Myanmar. However, citizens of some countries are eligible for a Myanmar visa through a more convenient process: e-visa or visa on arrival.

In addition, citizens from a few specific countries, including Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, Philippines, Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and others, are not required to hold a visa at all if they are traveling for a short period, such as for tourism or business.

☛ See also: How to Apply for Myanmar Visas

4. How to Plan A Myanmar Tour

For first-time travelers to Myanmar, a 7-9 day itinerary is best to cover the famous destinations – Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, and Inle Lake. Usually, your trip starts in Yangon and Mandalay is the last stop.

Here are some recommended itineraries for your reference.

☛ See also: How to Plan a Myanmar Trip?

How much does it cost to travel to Myanmar for the first time? Read on and you will get the answer.

5. Budget for Transportation, Accommodation & Food

Overall, Myanmar is a relatively affordable country to visit. A night at a mid-priced hotel costs about $35. During the low season of Myanmar tourism from March to June, tourists may be able to book a room at a minimum price of $15.

When it comes to dining, food in restaurants can cost a little more than street food or fast food. Street food typically costs $1-$3; a meal in a moderate restaurant costs at least $5 per person.

Most travelers arrive in Myanmar by air. Airfare varies greatly depending on the season, fluctuating between US$60-150. For convenience and speed, you can choose to take a taxi from the airport to the city, which usually costs no more than 5,000 Kyat (US$2.40). A good way to keep costs down is to take a tuk tuk in the city. Basically, a tuk tuk ride costs between 100-150 Kyat. Long-distance buses cost between US$10 and US$20.

6. Myanmar Currency

The unit of currency in Myanmar is the Kyat. However, the U.S. dollar is the common currency in Myanmar. The Myanmar dollar is only used in low-spending places such as small restaurants or street stalls. The Burmese are quite demanding about the US dollar, accepting only the post-2006 version, which should be clean and free of stains and creases.

cai rang floarting market

7. Tipping

Myanmar is a tipping country. However, it is up to you to decide whether to tip or not. If you think the service staff including restaurant waiters, drivers, and tour guides have done a good job, you can tip about 6-10 USD per person per day.

8. Dress Conservatively and Well

The majority of the people in Myanmar are Buddhist, which makes many of their habits Buddhist-related. When entering a temple, people are required to go barefoot. Therefore, it is also necessary to bring a pair of flip flops when traveling to Myanmar.

In addition, Myanmar’s people are relatively conservative in their outlook. It is recommended that you do not wear revealing, sexy clothing while traveling in Myanmar, and cover your shoulders and legs as much as possible, except at the beach.

9. Festivals & Celebrations

Like most Asian countries, Myanmar festivals are cultural icons and are largely associated with religious practices. Myanmar has many such celebrations throughout the year, the most important of which is the Thingyan Water Festival, which is the grandest festival of the year in Myanmar.

At that time, local people will splash water on each other to celebrate the coming of the New Year and send good wishes. In addition, Thadingyut Festival, which takes place around October, is also important in Myanmar to celebrate the Buddha’s return from heaven to earth.

cai rang floarting market

10. Language

Featuring 135 ethnic groups, Myanmar has more than 100 ethnic languages. However, the country’s official language is Burmese, and English is the most commonly spoken foreign language. Burmese do not speak English as well as other Southeast Asian countries, but those who work in tourism are mostly able to communicate in English with ease. We guess you might want to learn a few basic Burmese expressions:

Mingalabar – Hello

Ne kaun la? – How are you?

Ne kaun de – I am good.

Jay zu tin bar deh – Thank you

Tat tar – Goodbye

Be lau le? – How much?

Zay gyi deh – It is too expensive!

Zay shot pay bar lar? – Can you lower the price?

Ngar jayi tal / Ngar ma jayi bou – I like it / I don’t like it.

Bae nae yar lae? / Bae lo twar ya ma lae ? – Where is …? / How can I get to …?

11. SIM cards & WiFi

There are three types of SIM cards commonly used in Myanmar: OOREDOO, MPT, and TEL, of which OOREDOO is the most popular and is available even in remote areas.

OOREDOO rates:

Card fee: 1,500K

1 G traffic valid for 1 month: 3,000K

1 G traffic valid for 1 month + Myanmar domestic calls: 5,000

Most hotels in downtown Myanmar are covered by WIFI with stable signals.

12. Electricity Socket

Voltage: 220-230V/50Hz

Type: German standard (European) socket

You are advised to bring a universal socket with a wide range of international socket types. Or you can ask for a plug converter at the hotel reception.

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