Yangon International Airport is located 20 km from downtown Yangon. The Arrival Terminal is located separately from the Departure Terminal and the Domestic Terminal and simplified procedures ensure that on arrival and departure, international passengers are processed quickly through immigration and customs.
Need to pay International airport tax of US$ 10 per person is payable cash in US$ or FEC (Foreign Exchange Certificates) when departing Myanmar on International flight. There is no need to pay airport tax on domestic flights.
Foreign currency exceeding the equivalent of US$ 2,000, jewelleries, cameras, video cameras, recording equipments and laptop computers must be declared at the airport. Failure to do so could end up in confiscation upon departure. Export of antiques and items of archaeological value are prohibited.
Duty Free shopping facilities are available in both the Departure and Arrival Halls of Yangon International Airport.
At present, there is compulsory exchange of money the same rate any place in Myanmar. The rate is much the same than what you get in town area within Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle have much at money exchange counters available can be changed. The rate have a little bit different of the between stations and cities.
Tourists and business travelers with an international Master Card, Visa Card, Maestro, Union pay or Cirrus card are now be able to withdraw money, and in the local currency or ‘kyat’, for the first time at CB Bank ATMs around Myanmar, including Yangon International Airport.
For the time being we advise clients to count on their Master Card branded cards only as an emergency back-up. The exchange rate, the commission on foreign transactions, the compatibility with all foreign banks are still unknown. We would like to suggest to keep bringing sufficient cash for the duration of the trip just in case of any malfunctions.
Traveller Cheques are not accepted at present. So, the travelers are recommended to carry hard cash for their own using amount.
The currency in Myanmar is the Kyat. Present denominations are in notes. These are Kyats in 10000, 5000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 1.
It is advisable to bring for personal expenses like meals, drinks, buying souvenirs etc. enough US$ or EURO in cash to Myanmar. It is advisable to bring for personal expenses like meals, drinks, buying souvenirs etc. enough US$ in cash to Myanmar. You can use old and new US$ notes here in Myanmar. In case of using 100 US$ notes, ONLY new notes after 1996 will be accepted normally. All other currencies are not widely accepted. We suggest to bring US$ only as it may be difficult to change EURO; BRITISH POUNDS or other currencies.
US DOLLARS are accepted for change everywhere and the EURO is getting more and more popular, especially in Yangon. The exchange rate in Yangon is generally better than upcountry. If possible bring new series US Dollar bills ("big heads" instead of "small heads") and with series numbers not starting with CB as these are not accepted in Myanmar due to rumors of these series being counterfeit. Generally notes should be in very good condition and not torn, dirty or washed out as these will not be accepted in Myanmar, even in many hotels ! Most hotels and better restaurants accept payment in USD.
Accommodation venues and touring programmes are constantly monitored to ensure that the highest possible standards are maintained. We ‘tell it like it is’ so that our clients know exactly what expect no unwelcome surprises! We take our slogan very seriously, constantly striving to provide unsurpassed service, from the best travel deals to round-the clock assistance and advice.
Company Limited always reserved the right to substitute accommodation of the hotel similar standard should the situation require it. Please also note that first class accommodation may not always be available in some Myanmar destinations. We ever kindness offering the arrangement to the best accommodation available.
Traditional Myanmar food such as Mohinga, On-no-Khaukswe, assorted baked and fried delicacies and a variable at reputable Myanmar restaurants. Chinese cuisine or tasty Indian dishes are available at popular food outlets in major towns and cities. Myanmar eat rice as their staple food. Myanmar curries are mainly cooked with oil and spices. They eat fish paste everyday. Fresh water fish are their favourite meals. Very few Myanmar like to eat sea food.
Please don't drink the water and that includes ice as well as tap water. Take care with fruit juice, particularly if water may have been added .Milk should be treated with suspicion, as it is often un- pasterised. Boil milk is boil if it is kept hygienically and yoghurt is always good. Tea or coffee should be OK since the water is boiled. In general, the juices, the milk, the water , the tea and coffee offered at the hotels and the restaurants we recommended, are safe. But bottled water and mineral water is safe and available everywhere. Ice in drinks is generally OK in good standard hotels and restaurants but it is best to avoid it on street stalls or in country areas.
Myanmar man wears longgyi (Sarong) or trousers and shirt or T-shirt or sport-shirt as he fancies. The style of wearing longgyi is different from that of Indian doti. Myanmar man's shirt has got long-sleeved and low stiff collar. Over the shirt, he wears Myanmar style jacket or over coat which is similar to normal jacket but no collar.
Myanmar woman wears Tha-bi and long sleeved blouse. Tha-bi is just like Maxi-skirt. The style of wearing is different. Under the blouse, she wears bodices or brassier. She also wears long shawl over her shoulders. This style is complete Myanmar woman's national dress. These days Myanmar women wear mini-skirt, trousers, jeans and tight skirt.
Myanmar is a country with different ethnic groups known as Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Bhama, Rakhine and Shan. They do have their own national costumes.
Casual and light clothing is recommended for Myanmar all year round. A light sweater or jacket will be useful during the cool season and when travelling in northern areas. Shoes and other footwear must be removed when entering religious buildings and homes. Mini skirts, shorts and revealing clothes are prohibited when visiting temples and pagodas.
Myanmars are genuinely happy to help foreign visitors and don’t expect anything in return. But if 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.
No inoculations or vaccinations are required unless coming from or passing through an infected area. Clients should bring sufficient medication with them if required and should check for updated health recommendations before your departure to Myanmar regarding hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, etc. Please contact us if you would like detailed information on emergency health services available. Drink only bottled or boiled water not any tap water. All hotels supply bottled water, as well as a good selection of Asia and Western foods. Use sunscreen liberally when exposed to the intense, tropical sun.
Travel insurance is not included in the tour price. It is the passenger's responsibility to verify whether their local health insurance carrier provides coverage while traveling inside of the Myanmar. Please contact your insurance carrier for details. We are strongly advises that you purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy to cover all aspects of your tour; including the loss of deposits through cancellation, lost of baggage and personal items, personal injury and death. A waiver must be signed if insurance is declined.
As Myanmar lies mostly in the tropical region, its climate is said to be monsoon with three distinct seasons namely the Hot Season (Summer) from mid-February to Mid-May, the Rainy Season from mid-May to mid-October and the Cool season (Winter) from mid-October to mid-February. Annually rainfall receives from 500 cm in the coastal regions to 75 cm and less in the dry zone. Much of the total rainfall receives from southwest Monsoon and Bay of Bengal cyclone during the southwest monsoon. Average annual temperature range 21o C in the northern lowland to 31o C in coastal delta area. During the Cool Season the snow line in the northern mountain regions reaches below 10000 ft. Fortunately, Myanmar has no extremes of climate nor less natural hazards such as disastrous flood, bush fires and several earthquakes. Myanmar proudly has Tourist Friendly climate.
Myanmar has three seasons similar to many other parts of Southeast Asia as per follow.
(1)Hot or Summer Season – March through May with average temperatures 30-35 C ံ
In March the temperatures start to climb again leading up to the next rainy season at the end of May. can be very hot reaching over 35o C in some places.
(2)Green or Rainy Season – June through September with average temperatures 25-30 C ံ
This season brings frequent and heavy downpours of rain, mainly in the afternoon and evening especially in Yangon, the rest of the country is dryer. In the rainy season the weather is more humid what can make travelling less comfortable.
(3)Cold or Winter Season – October through February with average temperatures 20-24 C ံ
The rains give way to dry weather in October and the temperatures are generally lower and more pleasant at this time.
Myanmar is in the northern hemisphere so it is also winter from November to February. You need to bring some warm clothing for early mornings everywhere, and especially for higher areas like Shan State (Kalaw, Inle Lake, Pindaya, Kengtung, Putao). The hotels in those areas are NOT equipped with heating or fireplaces so be prepared for some colder nights!
There are over one hundred ethnic groups in Myanmar, all with their own languages and dialects. The majority speak Myanmar (Burmese), although English is widely spoken.
The majority of most the people of Myanmar are Buddhist. The monastery is the traditional focal point of village life in Myanmar and monks rely on villagers for donations of both money and food. Every boy in Myanmar is expected to spend sometime as a monk. The rest embrace Christianity, Islam, Hinduism or Animism are also practiced among the minorities.
Gems and jewelry purchased from authorized dealers (with vouchers) are allowed to be taken out. But antiques are not allowed to be taken out of the country. The following items are illegal to take out of the country: Prehistoric implements and artifacts, fossils, old coins, inscribed stones, historical documents.
Offices are usually open from Monday to Friday from 09:30H until 16:00H. Most shops are open every day; an exception is Bogyoke Market (Scott Market), which is closed on Monday, but more and more shops are starting to open on Monday as well.
Myanmar uses 220V, and a mixture of flat 2pin, round 2pin or 3 pin plugs. It is recommended to bring a universal plug adaptor. Power outages are quite common but most hotels have their own generator. Our recommended hotels in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan offer 24 hour power (with a generator if needed). In other more isolated areas like Kyaingtong, the Shan Hills, Kalaw, Pindaya, Taunggyi, Nyaung Shwe and Inle Lake are generated power may not always be available.
Central Post Office for your letters and post cards. IDD or local telephone bookings available at government offices, businesses and hotels. Most hotels in Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake and Mandalay now have IDD phones in rooms and it is possible to send faxes from hotels and post offices, although be warned these services are Expensive. Phone calls can be charged at a minimum rate even if no connection is established! It is difficult to make a phone call abroad from other areas in Myanmar. Post cards can be bought at all the main tourist sites and stamps are available from post offices and some hotel reception desks.
Mobile phones brought in from abroad will NOT work in Myanmar as there are no roaming agreements. Most of the hotels have now internet terminals but free mail servers like Yahoo or Hotmail can NOT be accessed in Myanmar.
There is not much in the way of western style entertainment in Myanmar but Yangon has some good restaurants and there are a few bars and nightclubs, notably in the city's international hotels. In the rest of the country, entertainment is mainly confined to the hotels, mainly tourist orientated restaurants and the ubiquitous Burmese teashops.
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