Travel Information to Myanmar

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President          : U Win Myint

Population        : 54 Million

Capital             : Naypyidaw

Important City  :Yangon ( Former Capital)

Land Area        : 67,850 Square Kilometer

Languages       :Burmese ,English and Ethnic Languages

Dialing Code    : +95

Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)

Currency        : Myanmar Kyats (MMK)

 

Climate

Myanmar can be visited all year round regardless of the weather. Its climate can be described as tropical monsoon climate with three distinct seasons are hot, rainy and cold. The hot season is from March to May with average temperature 30-35 degree Celsius. The southwest monsoon beginning in June until early October with frequent short rainstorms and humidity. The cold season is from November to February with average temperature 20-25 degree Celsius provides travellers with comfortable travel opportunities.

Language

The national language in Myanmar/Burma is Burmese which there are Over 80 different dialects. English is spoken at all major hotels and basic English is also spoken widely throughout the country in all tourist sides . Almost our people can understand and speak a few words of English if the traveler will need assistant . Golden Orbit Int'l Travels & Tours provides guiding services in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Russian.

Religions

Buddhist 89% (roughly 48 million

Christian 4% (1.65 Million Baptists and 550,000 Roman Catholics

Islan 4% (2.2 million)

Hinduism 1% (550,000)

Animist 1% , Other Remaining 1% Mahayana Buddism ,Vajrayana Buddhism

Local Time

GMT + 6:30 Hours

Currency

The local currency is the Kyat (MMK). We recommend visitors to bring sufficient amount of US Dollars in cash. US Dollars are widely accepted throughout Myanmar and are easily exchangeable for Kyats in most of the hotels, shops and department stores with exchange licenses US dollars.
Euro, Singaporean Dollar, Thai Baht, and Malaysian Ringgit among other currencies are slowly accepted in many places as well.
Please note that bills in crisp condition with marks, stains or folds are not accepted in Myanmar. Visitors must be aware that the acceptance of travellers checks and/or credit cards is limited in Myanmar. But ATMs in the major tourist destinations now widely accept International Master Card, Visa or Union Pay. Our Myanmar tour guides are happy to offer further tips and suggestions.

 

Electricity and Power

Myanmar uses 220-230 Volts AC and a mixture of flat 2-pin, round 2-pin or 3-pin plugs. It is recommended to bring a universal plug adaptor. Areas outside of the major cities may experience power outages but most of hotels have their own generator. In more remote areas, 24 hours electricity might not always be available.

Telecommunications and Internet

Other countries' SIM cards will not work in Myanmar. At present SIM cards sold by the MPT (3G) (Myanmar Post & Telecommunications), Telenor (3G) and Ooredoo (4G)networks are now generally available at a cheap price. SIM cards are 3G/4G mobile data enabled (although speeds can be slow) and cards work on a top-up basis. International calls are now working in Myanmar .

Internet access (Wi-Fi) is now available free of charge at many hotels and local businesses throughout Myanmar but speed can usually be slow and unreliable, especially outside of major cities.

Food and Drinking Water

Myanmar cuisine represents and embraces of Mon , Indian , Thai , Myanmar and Chinese style influences with meat or fish as well vegetables ,regional salads and soups. The core of Myanmar meal is "Rice " by curry dishes commonly are fish ,chicken ,prawns ,mutton , beef and pork. Chilli is popular in Myanmar and used in spicy ,though Myanmar food in general is not as hot as the Thai cuisine.

There are a board ranged of Chinese ,Thai ,Indian , Western food restaurants sprinkled around the major cities , as well as many other types of food can be found in Yangon ,Mandalay and other some tourist area.

Only drink purified bottle water. Bottled water is available and easy to buy in every tourist area. Almost hotels provide complimentary.

Travellers should only drink sealed bottled water and be careful when eating from street food.

Vaccination and Health Recommendations

No vaccinations are officially required for a visit to Myanmar. Travellers should check with their doctor or a travel immunization clinic regarding the advisability of inoculation against typhoid, hepatitis, tetanus and Japanese encephalitis as well as Malaria Prophylaxis. It is wise to use an insect repellant against mosquitoes, especially in forested areas. The sun can be remarkably hot, and a hat and high-factor block cream are advisable. Take along any prescription medication with sufficient supplies. Myanmar hospitals are not considered to be of international standard, however there are two private medical emergency clinics in Yangon with rather good facilities

Immigration & Customs Formalities

Your valuables such as jewelry, cameras, electronic equipment, etc. should be declared on your customs declaration form upon arrival so that you can officially claim of your lost or theft during your trip although it is hardly happens. Receipt of purchase and an export permit voucher for locally bought goods such as gems and jewelry may be required upon departure. Antiques items (pre-historic artifacts, religious, cultural implements etc.), fossils, historical documents, frescoes and precious stones are not legally allowed to take out of the country.

 

Transportation

Golden Orbit Int'l Travels & Tours 's ground team provides air-conditioned cars and coaches where available for all tours. Public train, ferryboat, bus and other transportation services are available throughout the country, however, these services are generally of a lower standard and uncomfortable for some. Boat trips between Mandalay and Bagan are operated by Chinese-built local ferries or on more comfortable tourist boats. The river journey takes usually around 8 hours (depending on the river conditions it might take longer)

 

Domestic Flights

There are 9 domestic airlines operating in Myanmar are Myanmar Airways, Air Mandalay, Air Bagan, Yangon Airways, Asia Wings and Air Kanbawza ,Mann Yadanarbon , Golden Myanmar Airline and FMI . Golden Orbit Int'l Travels uses only the last 4 of these ( Bold) , which are all private-sector operated and up to international service and safety standards. Flights are however frequently delayed, with explanation for the delay rarely being provided, and travellers should be prepared for unscheduled waits at domestic airports. Frequent flights are operated to major tourist destinations countrywide with ATR-72, ATR-42 and Fokker 100 aircraft. Baggage allowance on domestic flights is limited to 20kg. Excess luggage can be left in Yangon hotels for collection on return.

Visa Requirements

A visa and a passport with at least 6 month validity is required in advance to travel to Myanmar. A tourist visa valid for 28 days can be applied and obtained from a diplomatic representation of Myanmar. In addition to getting visas at embassies and consulates around the world, Myanmar has an online e-visa system for both tourist and business traveller. Travellers from 108 countries can now apply online for an e-visa at the Ministry of Immigration and Population in Yangon International Airport through.

Gratuity and Tipping

Myanmar people are genuinely happy to help foreign visitors without expecting anything in return. However when your guide, driver or any other person during your trip was especially kind or helpful a gratuity would be a generous gesture and greatly appreciated.