Travellers no need to pay airport tax at International and local flights.
CLIMATE AND WEATHER
Myanmar has three season
– Cool Season (October –February) ( 22-26 C*)
– Summer Season (March – May) (32- 39C*)
– Rainy Season ( June – September) (27 -30C*)
Visa and Master Cards are available. ATM machines can available everywhere.
US Dollars are more easy to exchange touristic areas. But local shops prefer Myanmar Currency: KYAT.
Air Mandalay, Air KBZ, Air Bagan, Asian Wings, Yangon Airways and Mann Yadanarpon Airlines are operating in Myanmar with 20 Kilo of checked luggage and 7 Kilo of Hand-carry allowance.
Visitors are advised to drink bottled and sealed purified water so as to avoid diarrhea and other intestinal problems even though it might occur in some fragile people.
DUTY FREE ALLOWANCE
Two bottles of liquor, two cartons of cigarettes or 100 cigars and half liter of perfume are allowed per person. Yangon Airport arrival hall has a selection of duty free shops with a full range of items at a good price.
- Shwedagon 8000 Kyats
- Botahtaung 2000 Kyats or 2$
- Sule 2000 Kyats
- National Museum 5000Kyats
- Gem Museum 5000Kyats
- People Park 1000Kyats
- Ngar Htet Kyi Pagoda 2000Kyats
- Bago & Around 10000 Kyats\
- Kyaik Htee Yoe ( Golden Rock Pagoda) 6000Kyats
- Mandalay + Inwa ( Ava) 10000Kyats
- Mingun + Sagaing 3000Kyats
- Bagan Entrance 20USD
- Bagan Museum 2000 Kyat
- Salay 5000Kyats
- Inle & Sagar 10USD
- Kku Kakku 3000Kyats or 3USD
- Mrauk U 5000Kyats
- Sittwe Museum 2000Kyats or 2USD
- Phoe Win Mountain 2000Kyats or 2USD
- Shwe Ba Mountain 2000Kyats or 2USD
- Monywa Thanbodday Pagoda 3000Kyats or 3USD
- Pindaya Cave 2000Kyats or 2USD
- Pindaya Zone Fees 2000Kyats or 2USD
Myanmar has 12 months and every month have festival. The Famous one is water Festival at Taguu la ( April) and so on. Paung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival at Inle lake, Fire Balloon Festival at Taung Gyi and Pyin Oo Lwin, Manawpawe at Kachin, etc…..
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.
IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS FORMALITIES
Your valuables ( jewelry, cameras, electronic equipment, etc.) should be declared on your customs declaration form upon arrival. Receipt of purchase and an export permit voucher for locally bought goods such as gems and jewelry may be required upon departure.
We recommend all clients to obtain the necessary personal baggage, medical and accident insurance before arrival. SOS Worldwide has a local representative office in Yangon with a 24 hour on call service for emergency evacuation and medical assistance.
The majority of the people speak Myanmar (Burmese) and English is widely used.
Hand Phones or Mobile Telephones from other countries currently do not operate in Myanmar. Customs will hold your telephone upon arrival and you can collect on your departure.
MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE – (MSG) ALERT
Throughout most Asian countries including Myanmar MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) – known locally as ‘AJINOMOTO’ – is still used in food preparation in some restaurants. Some travellers who may experience swollen feet, hands or headaches will more than likely have had a good amount of MSG in the food. It is always best to inform your guide when ordering if you do not wish it to be added to your food.
POWER AND ELECTRICITY
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 – generated power may not always be available. Most hotel rooms have screens and mosquito nets.
The majority of the people of Myanmar are Buddhist although Christianity, Islam and Hinduism are also practiced.
Telephones & fax facilities are available in most hotels in Yangon and Mandalay but charges are quite expensive. E mail facilities are now available at many hotels and local businesses in Yangon and Mandalay.
Traveler Cheques are not yet accepted in Myanmar..
Passport valid for at least six months beyond date of intended departure is required by all nationals.
The voltage in Myanmar is 220-230 Volts AC. Most of the international hotels have their own generators. Other places may experience power cuts and voltage fluctuation which can damage equipment like computers. Please travel with the required protection for your electrical items.
WHAT TO BRING
Sun hat, sun glasses, sun protection for your face and body, prescription medicines, insect repellent and an umbrella April to October (rain or shine). An antibiotic cream for minor cuts and scratches, extra pair of prescription glasses, a small flashlight, extra passport photos, decaffeinated coffee (if you require). WHAT TO WEAR Shorts, short skirts or revealing clothing are not appropriate especially when visiting temples or any religious site. Myanmar is a conservative Buddhist culture and improper dress can be offensive. Please dress with respect for the local culture. Lightweight, easy to care clothes of cotton and cool fabrics are ideal all year round. A winter sweater or jacket and socks may be needed in the cool season when visiting up country especially around Inle Lake and Kalaw when the weather can drop to near freezing during the night. Wear sensible walking shoes which can be easily removed when required. Sandals, thongs or flip-flops (available locally) are very convenient footwear.