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Myanmar Traveler’s information

Myanmar is the name which has long been used by its people to describe their homeland which the British called Burma . Also known as the Golden Land for its rich land and the wealth of its agriculture and minerals. Myanmar , with a total area of 676, 577 square kilo-meters, is the largest mainland in South-East Asia.

It shares a total of 5858 km (3640 miles) of international borders with Bangladesh and India on the North-West, China on the North-East, Laos on the East and Thailand on the South-East. It has a total length of 2832 km (1760 miles) of coastlines.

The country stretches 2090 km (1299 miles) from North to South and 925 km (575 miles) from East to West at its widest points. The official name is the Union of Myanmar.

How to Reach Myanmar

Yangon has direct air-links with Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dhaka, New Delhi, Vientiane, Kuala Lumpur , Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Indonesia, Brunei, Bhutan and Kumming.

The Myanmar Airways International , Thai Airways International, Silk Air, Biman, Aerofloat, Air France ,Air China (CAAC), KLM, Lao Aviation Airlines, India Airlines, PIA, Royal Brunei Airlines, All Nippon Airways, JAL, MAS, Yangon Airways, EVA Air, Pacific Cargo Service, Condor Airline, Druk-Air Bhutan Airline Service and Air Mandalay operate scheduled flights in and out of Yangon.

Passport and Visa Required to Travel to Burma

Valid Passport with Visa is required for all visitors. Tourist Visa is valid for 28 days.

Tourist and Business Visas are available online (Myanmar eVisas) or at Myanmar Diplomatic Missions abroad.


With a Border Pass, tourists from Yunnan have been allowed to enter Lweje, Namkhan, Muse, Kyukok and Kunlong.

Organized groups can travel up to Yangon via Lashio and Mandalay.

On Myanmar-Thai Border, tourists can enter Tachilek opposite Mae Sai (Thailand) and travel to Kengtung.

From Kengtung, organized groups can go to Sipxhaungbana (Yunnan) via Mai-lar. Day return Thai- Myanmar cross-border traffic is also allowed at Myawady, Three-Pagoda-Pass and Kawthaung.

Myanmar Custom Requirements

Foreigners and non-residents can bring into Myanmar any foreign currency not in excess of US $ 23-25 or its equivalent without making a declaration to the Customs on arrival.

All foreign currencies above US$ 2000, jewellery, electrical goods and cameras must be declared to the Customs at the airport.

Exports of antiques and archaeologically valuable items are prohibited.

Only gems, jewellery and silverware purchased at the authorized shops are allowed to be taken out.

Duty-Free

For visitors’ convenience, there are Duty-Free Shops in the airport arrival and departure lounges. Allowance is 2 litres of liquor, 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars and 1/2 litre of perfumes.

Airport Departure Tax

US $ 10. It is advisable to reconfirm international flights before going out country.

Where to Stay in Myanmar

There are State-owned hotels, as well as inns, hotels, motels and guest-houses run by private operators at all tourist centres. Rates vary according to location, facilities and service. Check the hotel listings available at Tourist Information Counters.

Myanmar Accommodation Types

The Industry of Hotels and Tourism is the most promising business in Myanmar these days.

There are many hotels, inns, motels, guest-houses, restaurants, tour companies and several other related services are growing throughout the Country.

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is making also all out efforts to promote this sector while foreign investment in this field is earnestly invited too.

At present, more than 409 hotels (local / overseas ownership) 9275 rooms are operating. Some more hotels are still under construction.

Travels and Tours in Myanmar

Myanmar Travels and Tours (State-owned) and licensed travel agencies are at your service for travel and tour arrangements.

Travel agency counters are located at Yangon International Airport Terminal and agency offices in downtown Yangon.

Tourist Information Service

Tourist Information Service counters are located at airports, the railway stations, hotels and the main office downtown for information and assistance you may need.

Time

Myanmar Time is 6:30 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (one and half hour difference with Singapore and 30 minutes with Thailand.)

Electrical Power Supply

230 volts, 50 HZ Ac.

Business Hours

Government offices are open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and Banks from 10 am to 2 pm from Monday to Friday. Shops are generally open longer but their hours vary

Religion in Burma

The first imperial capital of Myanmar , Bagan , became a world center of the Theravada Buddhism by the start of the 12th Century A.D. Successive kings and their subjects choose to glorify their faith through the lavish and ambitious construction of monuments and Buddhist culture.

Theravada Buddhism is the predominant religion with about 89.4 percent of the people embracing it. The said Buddhist percentage of the population-mainly are Bamars, Shans, Mons, Rakhines and some Kayins.

There are also Christians, Muslims, Hindus and some animists.

The Christian population is composed mainly of Kayins, Kachins and Chins. Islam and Hinduism are practiced mainly by people of Indian origin.

Useful Tips Before going Myanmar

  • Reconfirm your air tickets before going up-Country.
  • Visitors are requested to ignore touts who may approach you for offering guide services, for exchanging Foreign Currency, or for selling gems of a doubtful nature.
  • As there are strict Foreign Exchange Control Regulations, tourists are advised to change the foreign currencies only at the authorized money changers at banks, airports and hotels.
  • Tourists are also advised to buy gems, Jewellery and silver-wares at the Myanmar government gems shop and other authorized private shops where you will be given a legal voucher with a permit for export.
  • Always keep your passport, money and other valuable properties in secure places, especially when traveling by train or bus or ship. Report all losses to the nearest police station as well as to your embassy immediately.
  • Tourists are requested to dress decently within the precincts of religious places. Footwear is strictly prohibited in Myanmar’s pagodas and monasteries.
  • Weather is generally warm and dry. The light clothing and comfortable shoes or sandals are recommended.