Burma Travel Tips

Should you learn Myanmar Travel  Tips before you travel to Myanmar ? Because  Learning Burma Travel Tips will give you more insight knowledge about Myanmar . Without a doubt  , Myanmar which is becoming one of the popular destination in Asia is on the Southeast Asia travel trail right now, but as a country which has opened its doors wider a few years ago to tourism . Infrastructures   around the country in just beginning to spring into life and the art of tourism business is still in the developing process. So Traveling to Myanmar may face some challenges that you may not necessarily encounter on the same scale as other countries in the region. No matter unforeseen challenges may await , Traveling to Myanmar will be rewarding experience you will have in this beautiful and still very much untouched country . The great moment of being in Myanmar is in not knowing what will happen and in the understanding that both you as a traveler , alongside the local people are helping to make your dream travel come true  and memorable . I hereby would like to provide you useful travel tips you should learn and know before your dream journey to Beautiful Myanmar .  
  1. Check travel requirements and Visa – Application process
Regarding the Visa-Application Process, Tourist E-Visa system would be available and launched since 1st September 2014. All International Tourist who are determined to travel to Myanmar can obtain the entry visa through online.  All entry Visa applied through online will be obtained within one week and must be used within three months of issued date and is valid for a visit of up to 28 days. For more detail information for Visa- Application Process, Why not visit at http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/
  1. Register travel details with your embassy
Letting your government know you are planning to visit any foreign country is good practice. For Myanmar, register your travel and contact details at your country’s embassy in Myanmar so that they can contact you in case of an emergency. Kindly inform you to check the list diplmatic missions of Myanmar .
  1. Get travel insurance
Make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers treatment in Myanmar and medical evaluation out of the country in case of emergency as repatriation can be very expensive.Also, speak to your doctor about your travels and seek advice on any vaccinations you may need, especially if you’re expecting to visit rural areas. Kindly inform  you to read Getting Travel Insurance before traveling to Burma  
  1. Bring copies of your travel documents
  Make sure to have a spare copy of your passport particulars, travel insurance policy, emergency contact numbers, travel visas and other important particulars on hand in case you need them. Keep these in your hotel safe and don’t forget to leave a copy with a friend or relative back home.
  1. Bring US dollars in mint condition.
Make sure they do not have any marks or folds otherwise you won’t be able to exchange them for kyat Myanmar Local currency)  
  1. Wear comfortable clothes but be respectful of the Buddhist dress code.
This is especially true if you are planning to visit the Buddhist temples. It can get really hot in Myanmar so it’s important to wear light clothing, but for women in particular, it’s equally important to be properly covered up and decent.
  1. Wear footwear you can easily remove.
You’ll be walking around barefoot in the Buddhist temples and leaving your footwear by the entrance. Sandals or flip flops are probably the way to go.
  1. When taking a taxi, negotiate for the price first.
Taxi in Myanmar don’t have meters. Ask your guest house staff for an approximation of the cab fare for your intended destination.
  1. When on the road, patience is a virtue.
Traffic can get pretty bad, and some cabs do not have working air conditioning.
  1. The Use of Mobile Phone in Myanmar
For more than decade ,  SIM cards in Myanmar were  quite expensive and difficult to obtain, but as of August 2014 cards sold by Private Telecommunication of  Ooredoo network and Telenor network have become generally available for a cheap K1,500. Cards work on a top-up basis, with K1000, K3000, K5000 and K10,000 cards available. SIM cards and top-ups can be bought at numerous street-side retailers in downtown Yangon and Mandalay, as well as other larger towns and cities. Shops usually display this sign: Ooredoo SIM cards are 3G and 4G mobile data enabled and standard SIM , micro SIM cards and nano SIM with internet package  are available.             International roaming with a small number of western mobile networks is now possible in Myanmar; the situation is changing fast, so it is best to check with your operator. Some roaming services are available with Asian networks, including Thailand (AIS), Singapore (M1 and Singtel), Indonesia (Telkomsel) and Vietnam (Viettel). You may encounter a block on SMS text messaging even if you are able to make and receive calls. Note that mobile network access is often patchy or non-existent in rural areas, but usually works well in towns.  Dialing codesTo make calls from Myanmar to another country, dial 00 then the international code for the country you are calling, then the local area code (minus the 0). To make calls to Myanmar from abroad, dial your country’s international access code, then 95 and the local area code (minus the 0). Be warned that making calls to Myanmar can be difficult: calls will often not connect, particularly to numbers outside of Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyidaw.  Internet Access –Given the lack of development in Myanmar, the availability of internet access is surprisingly widespread: you can find an internet café or hotel with wifi even in remote locations. However, internet speeds can be extremely slow, especially in rural areas. Prices at internet cafes are usually around K500 per hour, although they may be higher outside cities. You can find free wifi at many restaurants and bars. Due to bandwidth restrictions, internet speeds can change markedly according to demand through the day. Speeds are often quickest in the early morning. If you use Gmail and you are working or spending an extended period of time in Myanmar, it is worth downloading Gmail Offline; this works much better than regular Gmail with slow connections, and also allows you to work offline.Previous government internet restrictions have now been lifted, so people are free to access most websites and services – including Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and so on.
  1. Money, Exchange and ATM’s     Brand new foreigner currency Bills –One more thing to know and care is Foreigner Currency Matter that you all are highly advised to hold crisp , un-creased, unmarked, brand new dollar bills while travelling to Myanmar .Only four foreign currencies are widely accepted and can be exchanged at all authorized money changer . These foreigners curriencise come in range of US DOLLAR, EURO CURRENCY  ,SINGAPORE DOLLAR AND THAI BATH .  The rest of foreign currencies are not likely to be accepted and exchangable in Myanmar.. Exchanging dollars to kyats –The best way to exchange recommended foreign currencies is at the authorized money changer which are widely available at Local Banks , Domestic Airports and all popular tourist spots. But It is advisable to refrain from using the money exchangers on the street who try  to lure you with higher rates- it is said they cleverly short change you and unless you are willing to count your money three times , then it’s not worth the hassle .
             ATM’s -There are true stories in Myanmar that a sporadic  scattering of ATM machines are widely equipped drawing  out kyat, there are machines at the airports  and that can be found many in Myanmar  (including at the most famous spot in town – the Shwedagon Paya) and Mandalay city centres, as well as in Nyaung U in Bagan. You might find ATM’s in the smaller towns, but don’t leave it this late to stock up on cash, just in case.
  1. When to use dollars and when to use kyats
Typically,  US dollars are mainly used  for paying for your accommodation and some forms of transport, such as internal flights. Everything else from food, street snacks, tuk tuks and guides are paid for in kyat. However, should you find yourself low on dollars, most locals are happy to except kyat instead
  1. Traveling cost to Myanmar not expensive
–  Traveling cost to Myanmar is not too expensive as you ever though . You can travel by spending  between $30-$40 a day, including the cost of my accommodation and transport. It’s only expensive if you choose to travel that way, stay in top-end places and eat at expensive establishments. Being aware of your money and how much you are spending will ensure that you spend the same amount here as you would in any other part of Southeast Asia.
  1. The best time to travel to Myanmar .
Winter season, lots of tourists
  • Popular tour season in Myanmar is November to end of February because of pleasant temperature of winter season. Nice temperature attracts the greatest number of tourists . But in turn, this makes the limited accommodation options . Visitors are to book ahead of face paying out for the more expensive options left over.
No regret for traveling to Myanmar during the low season or green season . 15- How to choose the accommodation in Myanmar ? Most of single traveler usually carry a reliable travel guide book like Myanmar Lonely Planet  and Insight Guides Myanmar ( Burma ) And whether you are a fan or not, this book has been thoroughly researched However, given the regular increase in tourism which local businesses have capitalized on, prices have risen from what is printed. All accommodation and eatery options have been researched in order to provide travelers with a comprehensive list of places that are not government-owned. Depending on your affordable accommodation budget , you are advised to research the prices and location of potential accommodations through online . discuss with  the experienced local tour operator to get the better ideas for choosing the proper accommodation with the reasonable prices . Thinking of hotel or guest house location is important to make easy access to major sightseeing , local restaurants and bus terminal from where to move to next destinations. In the more remote regions where you are supposed to travel , which were not listed anywhere, you may rely  on the knowledge of locals or the tuk tuk driver who may end up  taking you  to the only place in town which held a ‘foreigner license’. If you can, try to pair up with another traveller in order to cut costs – many guesthouses have double rooms, triples and dorms. 16 – Traveling by bus in Myanmar
  • Traveling by bus in Myanmar can be said to be one of the reliable transport mode for budget traveler . There are the number of luxury and comfortable buses going around the different destinations of Myanmar. So buses are everywhere and will be the main form of transport you take to get you to almost any part of the country (where tourists are permitted). Nowadays booking bus ticket and the purchase of bus ticket is as easy as booking the accommodation through online. why not check the available seat of the bus throughout the fowling links
  • https://www.bnfexpress.com/
  • https://myanmarbusticket.com/
Where you can check the arrival & departure schedule as well as ticket fare of the bus that you are going to take . Moreover the staff from your hotel or guest house can help you book your ticket with a decent company . Pick up and drop off service are arranged by some of the bus companies especially in Bagan area  and Mandalay . 17- Need to learn the Burmese Language Should you need the hearts of Burmese people ? If yes, you are to learn some of Burmese Language to make the best approach to Burmese people .So what you need to always stand by your word that that whether you are great at picking up languages or not, the two most important words you should always learn are hello and thank you. Anything else is a bonus. Hello: “ Ming-Ga-Lar-Bar ’ which means Auspiciousness to you all . Thankyou: “ Kyae –Zuu- Tin-Bar-Dae ’ Not only is it polite but it is well received. Be prepared for most locals to giggle in response – they are not mocking you; they are just not expecting it. 18- Give the warm and sweet smile to local people Burmese people are the most genuine, friendly, warm-hearted and amazingly beautiful people you have ever met. Not one will turn you away when you need help and hardly anyone will try to short change you or be cheeky in a transaction. They are so fascinated by the presence of outsiders, that you can see the sheer excitement on their faces. Smile and say hello, shake hands, hug, exchange e-mail addresses and revel in the wonderful reaction you get back. Hopefully this post will be an useful travel guide for you to explore in depth of Myanmar . Kindly consider our Myanmar Products to get to know more about it .  
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