Myanmar is blessed with the beautiful nature of the sublime mountain ranges and pristine beaches. This is also an ideal place for the religious spirits with thousands of outstanding temples, pagodas and monasteries rising across the country. After decades of political conflicts, Myanmar is more open for travelling now, visitors are always welcomed here to experience the picturesque landscapes and unique culture. Myanmar travel tips – A – Z handbook will provide the most useful information for your best trip to this beautiful country.
1.Passport & Visa
Before travelling aboard, the 2 first things you need to prepare are Passport and Visa. Each country has different requirements for the validity of the passport for entry, for Myanmar, it must be at least 6 months. So make sure you passport is still valid before departure.
Since 2014, e visa has come into existence making the procedure of getting a visa to Myanmar easier than ever. Tourists from 100 countries just need to apply on the website of the Myanmar’s ministry of Immigration and Population and pay a fee of 50 dollars for an e visa. In just within 3 days, a visa approval letter will be sent to your email and all you have to do is print it out and show to the immigration staffs when arriving.
Furthermore, the tourist visa is also available in the Burmese consulate in case you can’t get an e visa. The fee to make a tourist visa is about 17 dollars. Both e visa and tourist visa are valid for 28 days from issued and cannot be extended.
• Read more: Myanmar e Visa and Neccessary Information
You can enter Myanmar through 3 international airports: Mandalay, Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw or 3 land checkpoints between Thailand and Myanmar: Myawaddy, Tachileik, Kawthaung. Yangon airport is the main spot to enter Myanmar receiving international flights from Hong Kong, Tokyo (Japan), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Singapore, Chiang Mai (Thailand), Seoul (South Korea) and also Beijing, Kunming, Guangzhou (China). Mandalay airport only takes return flights from Bangkok.
The weather in Myanmar splits into 2 seasons: dry and wet like any other South East Asia countries. The dry season begins in the late October and lasts in May while the wet one runs from June to the beginning of October witnessing the monsoon downpours.
From March to June, the weather is extremely hot and the temperature can go up to 40°C. During the rainy season, particularly from June to August, some parts of the country are inaccessible such as the Irrawady delta or the Bay of Bengal coast due to the constant downpours and tropical cyclones. However, the rainfalls also play an important role in helping the vegetation to flourish.
The north part of the country is higher than the others having the low humidity and temperature.
The Best Time to Visit Myanmar is from November to February when the sky is clear with less chance of raining and the temperature is moderate. This is also the peak tourist season.
Most of the tourist attractions in Myanmar bear the tropical climate features with the high average temperature and humid. Thus, it is better to bring light clothes or attire made of synthetic fabrics which are good for air circulation.
In addition, the culture and custom in Myanmar are deeply influenced by Buddhism, when visiting the religious architectural works, people must walk on barefoot to show respect, a pair of flip flops is a smart choice. Tourists should also bring a scarf or something like that to cover legs and shoulders to entry these sites. If you want to visit the highland in the north, you should bring extra coats because the temperature here can be very cold, especially in the evening.
The major currency of Myanmar is the kyat. The local currency is widely used to pay for food, souvenirs or entertainment, however, US dollar is also accepted at hotels and restaurants. Although, there are plenty of ATMs in the tourist attractions, not all of them exchange foreign currencies to kyat. Therefore, you should prepare a certain amount of money that you might spend on your holiday in Myanmar in the Kyat. The best and safest places to exchange currency are at airports and banks. Avoid exchanging in the black market or on the street for easy to be scammed.
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