Top Myanmar TravelTips – Myanmar Travel Blog 2017

Top Myanmar Travelling Tips – Myanmar Travel Blog 2017

Myanmar or Burma? Why Did it Change Its Name?

The nation formally referred to as Burma acquired independence in 1948 from occupying forces, however it had not been up until 1989 that the ruling military junta  altered the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar following a military coup.

Politically, the name Burma was seen as a relic of the nation’s former British colonial past, as well as Myanmar as much more inclusive of the many ethnic groups in the country. Various other names were additionally changed, which is why you will certainly see Rangoon currently referred to as Yangon.

For tourism, Burma travel is Myanmar travel. Same same, as they say in Southeast Asia.

Both the names Burma and also Myanmar are still made use of interchangeably, on the ground as well as on the world stage. This write-up breaks down the changes, what you ‘should’ say and the question: does it even matter?

Ideal Times to Go To Myanmar

There are commonly 3 periods in which you can go to Myanmar:

October to March: Dry, winter

March to May: Hot, summer period

May to October: Damp, rainy period

The popular, high season is November to February when the climate is warm yet not stifling, and also brings in the greatest number of visitors. This, consequently, makes the restricted holiday accommodation choices difficult to secure and will certainly indicate attempting to book ahead or deal with paying out for the much more costly options left over.

March to May is the time when the temperature increases in Myanmar and also impending rainfalls are due. There is a minimal number of travelers which makes it very easy to book lodging yet it is exceptionally hot.

 

Visas

An e-Visa is offered to tourists from these 100 nations.

To obtain one, go to the official e-Visa internet site. You’ll be required to submit a passport photo and pay a fee of $50.

It takes under 10 mins to apply as well as you should get authorization within 3 working days.

Print out your e-Visa letter, show it when you get here and you’re in.

Your e-Visa letter is valid for 90- days from the date of issue as well as enables you a 28 day stay in Myanmar

Obtaining a visa from your local consular office may be cheaper– if you intend to save some money, making an application for a visa via your local Myanmar embassy may be cheaper. For example, the cost is just �,� 14 in the UK however $40 in the United States, so do your research and do not neglect to consider mailing costs.

It is only possible to get in Myanmar on an e-visa at Yangon, Mandalay and also Nay Pyi Taw international airports; and at three Thai-Myanmar land border crossings Tachileik, Myawadi (Myawaddy) and also Kawthoung (Kawthaung). Read the immigration site for the most recent at the time you travel.

Reaching Myanmar

Flights to Myanmar are the typical choice for visitors as the very first mode of entry, with regular scheduled services from Bangkok. Yet, taking into consideration where Myanmar is located– bordered by China to the North and northeast, Thailand and also Laos to the east and also India and also Bangladesh to its west– there are multiple for land entrance, although not every one of them are suggested because of security.

Regardless, you must specify a “Port of Entry” in your on the internet application which denotes exactly how you will certainly be getting to Myanmar. You will be provided a listing of choices, where you will certainly require to select among the following:

Myanmar Designated International Airports:

  • Mandalay (situated right in the center of Myanmar)
  • Yangon (situated in the south)
  • Nay Pyi Taw (located in between Mandalay and Yangon)

Crossing at Land Border Checkpoints:

  • Tachileik (in the Shan State of eastern Myanmar on the boundary to north Thailand)
  • Myawaddy (in the Kayin State of southeastern Myanmar on the border to western Thailand)
  • Kawthaung (in the southernmost part of Myanmar, in the Tanintharyi Region on the boundary of the Thai Peninsula and the collection of islands)
  • Tamu (in the Sagaing Area of northwestern Myanmar on the boundary to northeastern India).
  • Rih Khaw Dar (a six-hour drive from the boundary village of Khawmawi in the northwestern Chin State of Myanmar on the border of Southeastern India).

Actually, you can go into Myanmar at any designated “Port of Entry” yet it is best to adhere to the one you initially specified when possible to avoid any type of hold up in the handling of your visa upon arrival.

You can leave at any of the International Airports as well as Land Border Checkpoints because your exit point does not require to be specified up front. Additionally, you may leave at the Htikee Land Boundary Checkpoint, although access from here is not possible.

Flying in as well as out of Yangon is more affordable and has much more connections than Mandalay.

Navigating Myanmar– Cross Country

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Myanmar’s local transportation options may be aggravating however the long distance propositions are a lot more enticing.

Distances are far, road travel is sluggish and also flying is budget friendly so it might be your better option.

You can still book flights the traditional means by wandering right into a travel agent.

Flying within Myanmar is a little bit like flying in the older days– check-in includes ticking people off a listing of printed names, baggage claim can mean leaving the flight terminal and getting your bag off a cart by the plane and also flight announcements are made by an individual holding up a sign as well as calling your flight (in incomprehensible English). It really is an experience. And a lot of fun if you do not let it get you stressed.Buses are economical with competing companies and a range of luxury levels.

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The majority of buses travel over night which is fantastic for not losing a day of sightseeing, yet isn’t so terrific for rest. Likewise, you’ll often tend to arrive at weird times in the early morning and also will not be able to check into your hostel or hotel up until 2 p.m. That’s a great deal of hours waiting for a ‘top-up’ nap. Take into consideration if it will be less costly to fly if you’re going to book accommodation the same evening to sleep straight away.

Buses are very chilly, the deluxe buses will certainly provide you a blanket yet, wear your warm layers.

Even the VIP bus doesn’t have a toilet onboard so anticipate to stop every few hours for a food and also toilet break– a little bit aggravating if you’re attempting to sleep through the night.

Night buses are not sleeper buses, even though these are the buses which bring you to your location around 3 or 4am. What’s even more, some still play their funky local song CD’s and tacky music videos until the early hours of the morning. Pack your iPod, invest in some durable extreme ear plugs or kindly request for the sound to be turned off.

Never ever ask a vehicle driver regarding he time of arrival. Due to superstitions based on a belief system of nats (spirits) that existed before Buddhism came to the fore, asking when you will come to a location invokes bad spirits and is taken seriously. The result? You will not obtain a response.

You will mostly reserve buses via your hotel, hostel or guesthouse– they will usually charge a fee yet be aware that the cost can differ significantly.

 

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Check whether pickup is included in your ticket price – this actually does differ depending on destination, mode of travel and company. Try to find a business that does include pick-up as taxis are outrageously priced.

Booking buses online is harder– There isn’t one helpful on-line reservation website and the ones that do exist have a limited number of tickets. If you’re informed they’re sold out, it doesn’t necessarily mean the bus is full. Attempt booking elsewhere.

If the company has a Facebook web page, message to book without fees.

Buses are almost always faster than the trains, but bus rides are rough– you might consider taking tablets for nausea. Boats are likewise a choice for some routes; the Mandalay– Bagan service is popular amongst visitors.

There are no international car-rental companies, however the majority of travel agencies in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan– as well as guesthouses as well as hotels in other places– can organize cars and also drivers.

Myanmar’s Local Transport

 

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Myanmar is still developing and also this is most frustratingly noticeable in the local transport.

With limited public transportation, taxis will be your primary means of getting around particularly for getting to and also from airport terminals and also within cities like Yangon and Mandalay.

Taxi prices are beyond extortionate– rates are established on the spot (after a quick ‘just how much can I get away with’ computation) as well as you’re going to have to negotiate hard. It’s not uncommon to hear prices of $1-$2 per kilometre. Commonly the taxi to and also from the airport/bus will be greater than you paid for your flight or intercity bus.

1,000 Kyat per kilometre is a good approximate amount for taxi prices.

Taxi cabs for the day may be your better bet– it can be around $35 for a day of sightseeing and tour in Bagan and also $28 for a few hours in Mandalay.

Distance is a much bigger aspect than time in dictating the cost of hiring a driver: a 12 hr journey about Yangon can cost USD 70 while taking a trip further afield to Golden Rock, a 2.5 hr drive each method, can be estimated at USD 200. Gas is expensive in Myanmar and is a massive contributing element to the price.

Everyone intends to take you to a craft shop, a silk factory or a nut producer throughout your sightseeing trips. Don’t hesitate to say no when you’re paying for your very own private transport. After all, that’s the reason you are paying a premium. On the other hand, a few of the side trips can be fascinating and also drivers may take you to some cool locations that aren’t on your itinerary and you may be happy you opted for their recommendations!

Hiring bikes and e-Bikes (electrical motorcycles) outside the cities is much cheaper however beware of the dust– Myanmar is by far among the dustiest locations, as well as mostly all travelers establish a dust cough. Pack sunglasses and something to cover your mouth.

Do not take an e-Bike if you can’t manage it– or else you’ll be one of the numerous vacationers walking toting head to foot road rash as well as bandages.

The big cities are gridlocked so walking may be quicker– Yangon has a few of the worst traffic. 1.5 hours to cover 15 km ought to provide you an idea. The time suggested for reaching the bus station (22km away from the centre) is 2.5 hours.

Car quality is hit and miss so don’t count on air-conditioning and also leather seats– that 1.5 hr trip in Yangon could all be done in 38 degree heat with nothing more than the heat of the engine fan to ‘cool’ you down.

 

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Prepare for the unforeseen. When your night bus to Bagan arrives in the really early hours of the early morning, your only option to get to my hotel may be via horse and cart. There is still a bargaining process to be had, yet given that this is the major form of traveler transport here it is only all-natural that they are waiting for new bus arrivals.

 

Money as well as ATMs in Myanmar

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You can use 2 currencies in Myanmar– dollars as well as the local money, kyat (pronounced ‘chat’).

If you’re going to make use of dollars, they must be immaculate. What’s pristine/brand new– unfolded, uncreased as well as more recent than 2006. Each individual note is checked thoroughly for flaws, discolouration and also folds at the money exchange kiosks. You could also have difficulty changing notes with the AB/CB serial numbers.

Some vendors insist on payments in United States dollars so you can bring some United States dollars to spend.

Making use of kyat is likely to be less costly because the USD currency exchange rate is informal– someplace between 1,300 to 1,400 kyat, the currency exchange rate is normally applied on the spot, most likely relying on exactly how rich you look.

There are ATM machines as well as they mainly function however make sure you have cash before showing up at more remote areas like the beach. In some cases they may be out of service.

You’ll pay an ATM cost of about $4 for every single withdrawal which is in addition to any fees your financial institution may bill. And also you probably won’t be able to withdraw more than $150 at once.

ATMs give kyat only. There are lots of exchange places about, but mostly the transactions are to change immaculate dollars into local money.

Wait for the big cities orinternational airport to change money back to dollars.

Some hotels do not have credit card machines as well as need cash payment. If you have booked your hotels in advance online this may save you taking additional money for holiday accommodation.

 

Credit cards are accepted mostly only in top-end hotels. Some travel agents in Yangon as well as Mandalay also take them, normally billing a tiny charge, for purchasing flights.

Cost of travelling in Myanmar

Myanmar is a lot more expensive than the rest of Southeast Asia– infrastructure is still being developed. That includes guesthouses and also dining establishments. Companies are recouping their costs.

Accommodation costs

A dorm bed will certainly set you back around $20-$30 a night. You can get a basic personal room with en-suite from around $35 for a single bed. In vacationer hotspots like Bagan, you can pay US$35 to US$40 for a drab, no-frills room.

For hotels, luxury hotels can be priced at over USD 200 a night (the  Inle Princess Resort  being a fine example where high-end comes with a cost of $250 per night) with other very good choices being available at $100 to $150 (eg Zfreeti hotel in Bagan which sets you back around $120 a night). A modern hotel can set you back USD 75-80 a night (the  Smart Hotel in Mandalay).

Popular ‘package vacationer’ destinations like Ngapali beach can cost as much as $100 a night for a 2-star resort (though there are a couple of hostels there also). On the bonus side, you typically obtain a free morning meal with your accommodation.

Food prices

Street food is most budget-friendly– around $1-$2 for a plate of something basic. Local restaurants cost around $2-$4 a meal. Anything remotely western (air-conditioning or including something like pizza) will certainly set you back $7-$12.

Drink costs

Mineral water is low-cost, under 50 cents a litre. Beer is also affordable at a number of bucks per bottle.

Sightseeing prices

The tourist dollar is king. Expect to spend for the benefit of being a foreigner and also utilizing squat toilets, going into pagodas, storing footwear as well as taking photos. ‘Foreigner payments’ are prominent in the much more touristy areas.

It’s possible to bargain on costs of things like mementos yet if you haggle too hard the locals lose interest as well as leave.

Tipping is not usual practice in Myanmar, and also it’s just foreigners who tip.

Sightseeing in Myanmar

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We were up and out most days for dawn and also out cold by 10pm! The heat is often excruciating during the peak sunlight hours and the arrival of the tourist buses make it more difficult to get fantastic photos and walk around freely.

Not anywhere on a map of Myanmar is open for exploration. The far northern, mountainous location of Myanmar, along with the western Chin State as well as the far, criminal activity levels are remarkably reduced.

Still, you ought to take the normal precautions of utilizing hotel storage lockers or safes for your valuables. Women visitors should not experience any type of harassment or different treatment.

Do take hand sanitiser– the cash is gross and also there isn’t always soap in shower rooms so utilize your sanitiser prior to you touch anything that will go near your mouth.

Keep an eye out for the dust- Myanmar can be very dusty so do bring something to cover your mouth and nose when cycling around. Also take care with your air conditioning– Myanmar can be as hot. Subsequently, several visitors use the a/c in their room yet sleeping in low temperature levels can make you ill.

Fruit is simple to find so top up your body immune system with nutrients in this way. Nevertheless, as it’s commonly pre-cut, try to find a seller that has kept the flies away as well as if it’s sluiced with water, make sure it’s filtered water.

Safety and security

A lot of government advisories caution against travel to parts of Rakhine (Rakhaing) State in western Myanmar, where clashes between local authorities and the minority Muslim (Rohingya) communities has caused the mass displacement of countless people. A few other parts of the country stay closed to foreigners because of dispute in between the government and different ethnic militaries gathered in eastern and northern Myanmar. These locations are mainly in Kachin and also Shan States, near the frontiers with China as well as Thailand, and far from the significant traveler destinations.

Precise information on problems and also closed locations can be difficult to come by. Check your government’s advice prior to taking a trip, as well as ask about the situation once you are in Myanmar. Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree travel forum is a good resource of news from tourists on the ground.

 

What to wear in Myanmar

A lot of the locals dress conservatively| as well as cover their shoulders and legs regardless of the heat, and also you will make everybody much more comfortable if you follow suit.

Knee length shorts, long skirts, elephant pants and also tees are the outfit of choice. These are highly encouraged as well as typically enforced for getting in the temples and also pagodas.

 

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Everyone puts on skirts– males and females alike– the longyi, a long skirt, is the popular traditional dress in Myanmar for both men and women. Numerous visitors pick one up as they’re breezy in the warmth and also tick the ‘conservative wear’ box. They are convenient for sightseeing and tour so grab a cheap one a the market if you have the chance.

Flip flops are necessary! Getting in pagodas indicates going barefoot and also flip flops are the best footwear choice. Dealing with laces in the blistering heat is an undesirable interruption. Bring some cleansing wipes for your feet after checking out a pagoda.

Myanmar is a conservative nation so you’ll blend much better if you clothe conservatively (covering your knees as well as shoulders). You will certainly find people in shorts as well as strappy tops in the cities and also at the beach however somewhere else it’s less typical.

 

Culture

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The local individuals are exceptionally genteel and also not used to confrontation so pack your best manners as well as your patience. Travelling can be discouraging, warm and also sluggish however bear in mind: you selected to see Myanmar and that it’s not like being at home is no good reason to take it out on the citizens. Nevertheless, haggle hard with the taxi drivers.

You may get stopped a whole lot by citizens who wish to chat. Vacationers are no more a novelty in a lot of Southeast Asia however Myanmar is different. Generally individuals are lovely and also more than happy to appear in pictures and also try as well as speak with minimal typical words or sign language.

You maylikewise get stared at a great deal which is normally best handled by providing a smile as well as a mingalabar (hi in Burmese). Burmese English can be hard to understand, be patient, pay attention and also if you’re spending for a guide, make certain they have great clear English before you book.

 

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The red stained sidewalks are a consequence of spewing red coloured saliva after eating betel quids, little parcels which contain tobacco, spices and areca nuts covered in a betel leaf. It’s most likely popular| since it provides a hit that amounts to 6 cups of coffee. Yet, as well as being dangerous when chewed long term, the by-product is bright-red saliva which is spewed out, a lot of times onto the ground.

Lots of residents have the tell tale red discolored teeth and also cab drivers often roll down the window in slow traffic to spit after eating on the betel quids.

There is some begging by youngsters in Myanmar and also as heartbreaking as it is, you shouldn’t give to the children. Why not? Read this brilliant article by Uncornered Market.

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It’s common to see yellow circles pasted on the faces of the Burmese women. This is Thanaka, an aesthetic paste made from ground bark, which is a beauty item in Myanmar as well as additionally functions as a sunscreen.

 

It’s also common to hear a kissing noise in the coffee shops as well as restaurants as locals make use of the kissing noise as an ask for service. Apparently it’s simpler for staff to recognize the location of the kissing noise so do not be surprised!

Burmese Phrases

Both essential phrases you require in Myanmar are:

Hello there: Ming-gu-la-bah

Thank you: Jay-zu-de-bar-dee

Not only is it respectful, yet it is well received. Be ready for most citizens to giggle in reaction– they are not mocking you; they are just not anticipating it.

 

Other practical concerns in Myanmar

Laundry is usually done by hand as well as is billed per item rather than kilo so try to turn up with your clothing washed and unless you intend to turn over $20 for a load of washing, choose the items you truly require washing and wash your smaller items yourself as you go.

Toiletries are very easy to find by but tampons are not so bring what you require with you.

You can’t flush toilet tissue or sanitary products– this is extremely common in developing nations where the plumbing system can not manage anything apart from bodily fluids.

Myanmar has that unusual half-hour difference| to its time area so it’s 6 and a half hours in advance of GMT.

Most of the plug sockets of Myanmar have several adaptors for European and also North American 2-pin plugs along with British three-pin.

Wi-fi is bad in Myanmar so you either need to get over it or, much better still, purchase a local SIM. You can get one at the majority of airport terminals when you land or in one of the stores in the street and the store personnel will have you set up in about 5 mins. You can learn more about your network choices below. Still, with 1 mbps thought about to be a ‘fast’ link, do not expect to be downloading videos at any time. On-line access has improved, with wi-fi the norm– most hotels, guesthouses as well as coffee shops have it absolutely free– as well as the net is now spreading tomore remote locations. But tightly squeezed bandwidth and also power outages can make using the net an irritating exercise.

Do your research ahead of time or pack a guidebook, and don’t anticipate to Skype home extremely often, it’s barely possible to get a messenger service to work at times!

You’ll be better with a backpack than a travel suitcase. Luggage aren’t suitable on dusty, sandy, unevenroads. Entering as well as out of myriad forms of transport and hefting it up many steep staircases isn’t much better.

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Myanmar or Burma? Why Did it Change Its Name?

The nation formally called Burma got independence in 1948 from occupying forces, yet it had not been until 1989 that the ruling military junta  changed the nation’s name from Burma to Myanmar following a military coup.

Politically, the name Burma was viewed as a relic of the country’s former British colonial past, and Myanmar as much more inclusive of the many ethnic groups in the country. Other names were also altered, which is why you will certainly see Rangoon currently referred to as Yangon.

For tourism, Burma travel is Myanmar travel. Same same, as they say in Southeast Asia.

Both the names Burma and Myanmar are still used interchangeably, on the ground and also on the world stage. This article breaks down the modifications, what you ‘should’ say as well as the question: does it even matter?

Best Times to Go To Myanmar

There are generally 3 seasons in which you can see Myanmar:

October to March: Dry, winter

March to May: Hot, summertime season

May to October: Damp, rainy season

The popular, high season is November to February when the weather condition is warm yet not stifling, as well as attracts the greatest number of visitors. This, consequently, makes the minimal holiday accommodation alternatives tricky to secure and will certainly mean trying to book ahead or face paying out for the a lot more costly options left over.

March to May is the time when the temperature climbs in Myanmar as well as approaching rainfalls are due. There is a limited number of travelers that makes it very easy to book lodging yet it is extremely warm.

 

Visas

An e-Visa is available to travellers from these 100 countries.

To get one, go to the official e-Visa website. You’ll be required to upload a passport photo and also pay a cost of $50.

It takes under 10 mins to apply as well as you should get authorization within 3 working days.

Print out your e-Visa letter, show it when you arrive and you’re in.

Your e-Visa letter is valid for 90- days from the date of issue and also allows you a 28 day stay in Myanmar

Obtaining a visa from your local embassy might be less costly– if you intend to save some money, applying for a visa via your local Myanmar consular office might be less expensive. For example, the expense is just �,� 14 in the UK yet $40 in the United States, so do your research and do not forget to factor in mailing expenses.

It is only possible to get in Myanmar on an e-visa at Yangon, Mandalay as well as Nay Pyi Taw international airports; and at 3 Thai-Myanmar land boundary crossings Tachileik, Myawadi (Myawaddy) and also Kawthoung (Kawthaung). Read the immigration website for the latest at the time you travel.

Reaching Myanmar

Flights to Myanmar are the normal alternative for visitors as the first mode of access, with regular scheduled services from Bangkok. Yet, considering where Myanmar is located– bordered by China to the North and northeast, Thailand and Laos to the eastern and also India and also Bangladesh to its west– there are numerous avenues for land access, although not every one of them are recommended because of safety.

Regardless, you have to define a “Port of Entry” in your online application which denotes how you will be getting to Myanmar. You will certainly be provided a listing of options, from which you will need to select one of the following:

Myanmar Designated International Airports:

  • Mandalay (located right in the middle of Myanmar)
  • Yangon (situated in the south)
  • Nay Pyi Taw (situated in between Mandalay and also Yangon)

Crossing at Land Boundary Checkpoints:

  • Tachileik (in the Shan State of eastern Myanmar on the border to north Thailand)
  • Myawaddy (in the Kayin State of southeastern Myanmar on the border to western Thailand)
  • Kawthaung (in the most southern part of Myanmar, in the Tanintharyi Region on the border of the Thai Peninsula and the cluster of islands)
  • Tamu (in the Sagaing Area of northwestern Myanmar on the boundary to northeastern India).
  • Rih Khaw Dar (a six-hour drive from the border village of Khawmawi in the northwestern Chin State of Myanmar on the border of Southeastern India).

In truth, you can go into Myanmar at any designated “Port of Entry” however it is best to stick to the one you originally mentioned when possible to avoid any type of hold up in the processing of your visa upon arrival.

You can exit at any of the International Airports as well as Land Border Checkpoints because your exit point does not require to be stated up-front. Additionally, you may exit at the Htikee Land Boundary Checkpoint, although entry from here is not possible.

Flying in and out of Yangon is cheaper and has extra connections than Mandalay.

Navigating Myanmar– Cross Country

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Myanmar’s local transport choices might be frustrating but the cross country propositions are much more attractive.

Distances are far, road travel is slow-moving and also flying is budget-friendly so it may be your far better choice.

You can still reserve flights the traditional means by wandering right into a travel agent.

Flying within Myanmar is a little bit like flying in the older days– check-in includes ticking individuals off a list of printed names, baggage claim can mean leaving the flight terminal and also getting your bag off a cart by the airplane as well as flight announcements are made by an individual holding up a sign as well as calling your flight (in incomprehensible English). It truly is an experience. As well as a great deal of fun if you don’t let it get you stressed.Buses are economical with competing businesses as well as a range of deluxe levels.

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A lot of buses travel overnight which is excellent for not losing a day of sightseeing and tour, yet isn’t so great for rest. Additionally, you’ll often tend to reach at strange times in the morning and will not have the ability to check into your hostel or hotel until 2 p.m. That’s a great deal of hrs awaiting a ‘top-up’ snooze. Think about if it will be less costly to fly if you’re going to book accommodation the exact same evening to rest straight away.

Buses are very cold, the luxury buses will provide you a blanket yet, wear your warm layers.

Even the VIP bus doesn’t have a toilet onboard so expect to stop every few hrs for a food and toilet break– a little bit aggravating if you’re attempting to rest through the night.

Night buses are not sleeper buses, even though these are the buses which bring you to your destination around 3 or 4am. What’s even more, some still play their funky local song CD’s as well as cheesy music videos up until the very early hrs of the morning. Pack your iPod, purchase some durable extreme ear plugs or kindly request the sound to be shut off.

Never ever ask a driver regarding reaches of the southern Mon State and Tenasserim region are generally off-limits to vacationers unless you have actually obtained a government visa in advance. In some places you’ll need a guide to chaperone you. Check before you make plans.

Leaving the beaten path is challenging– even within the ‘open’ parts, Myanmar’s developing infrastructure implies that there are set routes you can travel and you’ll have a hard time to go any other way. Attempting to do otherwise might be really pricey.

Work your sightseeing and tour around the heat– Myanmar is popular for its daybreaks and sundowns, which additionally corresponds perfectly with staying inside (probably for a snooze or pool dip if you have one) during the mid-day .

Anticipate to go barefoot a lot in temples on seriously grubby floors. In temples where birds are nesting or monkeys and dogs hangout, you can expect to step in a great deal of animal faeces while you’re discovering Myanmar’s temples. Socks aren’t allowed either so you just have to get used to it. Have wipes for your feet so you can clean off some after each visit.

Be a mindful temple visitor, the majority of Myanmar’s temples are places of worship, not simply sights for tourists. Respect ‘do not climb/do not enter’ signs and also keep your voice down– people will be praying.

Expect to pay an access charge for Bagan and Inle Lake– this cost is charged to all foreigners and there’s no getting around it. The charges are: Bagan– $20; Inle Lake– $10.

 

 

Lodging in Myanmar

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Hostels are gradually opening up, implying you can rest in low-cost accommodation than you could a couple of years back. Things are gradually improving for solo travellers, though expenses are still far more of what you’ll pay somewhere else in Southeast Asia.

Guesthouses are rustic but enchanting. The accommodation offers a feeling for what a local house may be like, basic but wonderfully decorated in teak) and also the morning meal was generally exceptional. Plus, it’s nice to place money into the hands of the residents, not some big brand chain.

The majority of hostels, hotels as well as guesthouses offer a towel yet you may need to provide a refundable $10 down payment on check-in. Hotels will certainly likewise supply some form of toiletries. Some hostels as well as guesthouses do as well, yet it can’t be relied on.

Be careful about the curfew– some guesthouses may lock the door at night, leaving you unable to access your bed. Check before you go out for the night.

Book lodging as well as transport beforehand throughout peak period. The tourist market in Myanmar appears to have experienced a boom which the infrastructure has failed to keep speed with. The majority of resorts are little and boutique like so if there’s somewhere particular you wish to stay it’s necessary to book ahead of time. It is particularly vital to book in advance during high period (November to March). In some rural areas, monasteries will take travellers in for a small cost if there are no spaces readily available. But do not rely on the local monks being able to help you out.

 

Food and also Drink in Myanmar

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Order local dishes: it is constantly the very best choice. There are noodles during the night bus stops, fermented tea leaf salads in local dining establishments and also an outstanding range of curries as well as salads

Use chopsticks: Lots of items of cutlery are cleaned with a not so excellent looking water supply and also dishcloth. Packaged chopsticks are a perfect option.

Inform the staff if you do not consume something. If you like a little spice in your meals specify just how much spice you like as the chefs tend to go easy on travelers!

The fish is scrumptious and an excellent, fresh option in a lot of dining establishments.

There is quite a great deal of sugar in the food and also drinks. If you aren’t a fan of sugar there’s an alternative to skip the sugar (tea, coffee, freshly blended juices), ensure you ask for ‘no sugar’.

Salads feature greatly on menus but do not expect a fresh crunch– most salads are marinaded and also seasoned in oil, salt and lime juice and also don’t typically feature salad leaves.

Hygiene standards are low in Myanmar and you may get sick once.

Street food isn’t as prolific as other places in Southeast Asia but you can locate it and it’s excellent. Street food will tend to be about 1,000-1,700 kyat a dish (under $2).

You can’t drink the water but most hotels, hostels and guesthouses supply totally free water either in bottles in your room or using a big water dispenser at reception. Or else, bottled water is very low-cost.

Alcohol is commonly offered with beer, rum and also scotch being preferred alternatives.

Beer stations are very easy to locate as well as fun locations to get a beverage with the locals if you do not intend to sit in a dining establishment.

Realize that there isn’t a late night culture in Myanmar– most dining establishments close by 9 p.m. as well as bars do the same around 10– 11 p.m. This is a nation where meditation at daybreak is more popular than late night alcohol consumption.

Big chains can’t be discovered and brand names remain in short supply. Myanmar isn’t a country of fast-food chains as well as beyond drink brand names like Coke as well as Schwepps Tonic, you’re going to be buying local brands and also consuming from local restaurants.

Shops are small, family owned affairs– you will not locate a 7-Eleven. There are a few equal ‘Grab ‘n’ Go’ stores populated around, however primarily you’re going to purchase treats and beverages from tiny, local businesses. They can look a bit intimidating, like you’re intruding by strolling in. Don’t worry, just step in, they want your business.

There are people smoking indoors- this can be a shock if you come from a nation where smoking cigarettes in public locations has actually long been prohibited.

Health and Safety in Myanmar

Health

Myanmar is an exceptionally safe country– most of the population is Buddhist and with an idea in karma, criminal activity levels are remarkably reduced.

Still, you ought to take the common safety measures of using hotel storage lockers or safes for your valuables. Female travellers should not experience any kind of harassment or different treatment.

Do take hand sanitiser– the cash is unclean as well as there isn’t always soap in washrooms so utilize your sanitiser prior to you touch anything that will certainly go near your mouth.

Keep an eye out for the dust- Myanmar can be very dusty so do bring something to cover your mouth and also nose when cycling around. Likewise take care with your a/c– Myanmar can be as warm. As a result, many tourists use the a/c in their room yet sleeping in low temperature levels can make you ill.

Fruit is very easy to come by so top up your body immune system with nutrients this way. Nonetheless, as it’s frequently pre-cut, look for a vendor that has kept the flies away and also if it’s sluiced with water, make certain it’s filtered water.

Safety and security

The majority of government advisories warn against traveling to parts of Rakhine (Rakhaing) State in western Myanmar, where clashes in between local authorities and also the minority Muslim (Rohingya) communities has led to the mass displacement of thousands of individuals. Some other parts of the nation continue to be closed to foreigners as a result of problem between the government as well as different ethnic armies gathered in eastern and northern Myanmar. These areas are primarily in Kachin as well as Shan States, close to the frontiers with China and also Thailand, and far from the significant visitor locations.

Accurate details on disputes and closed locations can be hard to find. Check your government’s advice prior to taking a trip, and also inquire about the situation when you are in Myanmar. Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree travel forum is an excellent resource of news from travellers on the ground.

 

What to wear in Myanmar

The majority of the locals dress conservatively| as well as cover their shoulders and legs in spite of the heat, and you will certainly make everybody a lot more comfortable if you do the same.

Knee length shorts, long skirts, elephant pants and also tees are the clothing of choice. These are highly encouraged and also typically enforced for entering the temples and pagodas.

 

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Everyone uses skirts– males and females alike– the longyi, a long skirt, is the popular traditional dress in Myanmar for both men and women. Several travelers pick one up as they’re breezy in the warm as well as tick the ‘traditional wear’ box. They are practical for sightseeing so get one a the market if you have the chance.

Flip flops are crucial! Going into pagodas implies going barefoot and also flip flops are the best footwear selection. Battling with laces in the scorching heat is an unwelcome interruption. Bring some cleaning wipes for your feet after seeing a pagoda.

Myanmar is a conservative country so you’ll blend better if you clothe conservatively (covering your knees as well as shoulders). You will certainly find people in shorts as well as strappy tops in the cities and also at the beach yet somewhere else it’s less common.

 

Culture

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The local individuals are remarkably genteel and not used to confrontation so pack your good manners as well as your patience. Travelling can be irritating, hot and sluggish but remember: you selected to see Myanmar which it’s not like being at home is no good reason to take it out on the locals. Nonetheless, bargain hard with the taxi drivers.

You may get stopped a great deal by locals who want to talk. Travelers are no longer a novelty in the majority of Southeast Asia but Myanmar is different. Usually the people are lovely and also are happy to appear in photos and try and also speak through minimal usual words or sign language.

You maylikewise get stared at a lot which is normally best dealt with by providing a smile and also a mingalabar (hey there in Burmese). Burmese English can be difficult to comprehend, be patient, listen hard as well as if you’re paying for a guide, ensure they have excellent clear English before you book.

 

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The red stained sidewalks are a consequence of spewing red coloured saliva after chewing betel quids, tiny parcels which contain tobacco, spices and also areca nuts covered in a betel leaf. It’s probably popular| because it provides a hit that amounts to 6 mugs of coffee. But, as well as being dangerous when chewed long term, the by-product is bright-red saliva which is spat out, a lot of times onto the ground.

Great deals of locals have the tell tale red stained teeth and also cab drivers usually roll down the window in slow traffic to spew after eating on the betel quids.

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It’s common to see yellow circles pasted on the faces of the Burmese women. This is Thanaka, an aesthetic paste made from ground bark, which is a beauty item in Myanmar and also serves as a sun block.

 

It’s also common to hear a kissing noise in the coffee shops as well as restaurants as residents utilize the kissing noise as an ask for service. Apparently it’s simpler for staff to recognize the location of the kissing sound so do not be alarmed!

Burmese Phrases

Both crucial expressions you need in Myanmar are:

Hello there: Ming-gu-la-bah

Thanks: Jay-zu-de-bar-dee

Not only is it courteous, yet it is well received. Be prepared for most locals to giggle in response– they are not mocking you; they are just not anticipating it.

 

Various other practical concerns in Myanmar

Laundry is usually done by hand and also is charged per item as opposed to kilo so try to turn up with your clothing washed as well as unless you wish to hand over $20 for a load of washing, select the items you truly need washing as well as wash your smaller sized items yourself as you go.

Toiletries are easy to find by but tampons are not so bring what you need with you.

You can’t flush toilet tissue or sanitary products– this is extremely typical in developing nations where the plumbing system can not cope with anything apart from bodily fluids.

Myanmar has that strange half-hour difference| to its time area so it’s 6 and a half hours in advance of GMT.

Most of the plug sockets of Myanmar have several adaptors for European and North American 2-pin connects as well as British three-pin.

Wi-fi is bad in Myanmar so you either have to overcome it or, far better still, acquire a local SIM. You can get one at a lot of airports when you land or in one of the shops in the road and the shop staff will have you set up in about 5 minutes. You can read more regarding your network choices below. Still, with 1 mbps thought about to be a ‘rapid’ link, do not anticipate to be downloading video clips any time. Online accessibility has actually improved, with wi-fi the standard– most hotels, guesthouses and also coffee shops have it free of charge– as well as the web is currently spreading tomore remote places. Yet tightly squeezed bandwidth and power outages can make using the internet a discouraging exercise.

Do your research ahead of time or pack a guidebook, and don’t anticipate to Skype home very frequently, it’s barely possible to get a messenger service to work at times!

You’ll be better with a knapsack than a luggage. Luggage aren’t perfect on dusty, sandy, unevenroads. Entering and out of myriad forms of transportation as well as hefting it up lots of steep stairs isn’t better.

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