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Journeys

The Continuing Struggle to Save Mon Language
25 Mar 2013
Most of Myanmar’s ethnic Mon people live in Mon State, but many also inhabit the Irrawaddy Delta, ...
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A Hotel for Every Budget in Central Mandalay
17 Apr 2013
Mandalay really is a place that suits all tastes. It’s a thriving, modern-minded city, yet it’s ...
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Leaving Tips in Myanmar: Who and How To Do It
06 Mar 2013
It’s the question we all ask ourselves at some point in our travels: Do I leave a gratuity? ...
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Inthar Lake Villages Have a Fascinating Lifestyle
07 Mar 2013
Just as the traditional leg-rowing and fishing techniques are unique aspects of the fishing culture ...
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Animism has Deep Roots in the Burmese Culture
21 Feb 2013
One percent of Myanmar's population are animists, believers in the spirits that surround us. ...
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At a Glance

Planning a trip to Myanmar (Burma)? You’re in luck. We’ve put together a whole range of resources to help you prepare for an unforgettable vacation. Whether you’re traveling solo, with a companion, or as a family, there’ll be something here for you. Safe travels!

How To Get Here

These days, it’s easy to get to Myanmar (Burma). The country has two major international airports: Yangon International Airport, and Mandalay International Airport, with the former currently serving as the main international travel hub. A third international airport principally serves the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw.

Yangon International Airport has direct flights to key cities in Asia - mainly, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Kunming, and Singapore. From Yangon, domestic airlines offer service to about 20 domestic locations, mainly to tourist destinations such as Bagan, Mandalay, Heho, Ngapali, and the capital, Nay Pyi Taw (Naypyidaw). Mandalay International airport currently has direct flights to Bangkok (Don Mueang (DMK) and Suvarnabhumi (BKK)) and Kunming. 


Telecommunications

International Roaming and SIM cards from certain countries do work in Myanmar (Burma); check with your provider before you arrive. It is possible to rent CDMA phones with SIM cards upon arrival at the international airport.


Hotel Transfer

Taxis are unmetered so you will need to negotiate the price beforehand. If Yangon is your first port of call, it should cost US$10-15, and about 30 to 45 minutes to travel downtown, depending on traffic. Please note that most of the taxis do not have air-conditioning, and some are pretty beaten up (but still rideable!). Genuine taxis have red / white license plates, carry a laminated green slip and a large-print taxi driver identification card on the dashboard of the car.


Dress Code

Dress conservatively, and bring clothes to cover your shoulders and knees for visiting religious sites. Lightweight clothes of cotton and cool fabrics are ideal all year round. Bring sensible shoes for walking, as the pavements can be very rough, and during rainy seasons quite muddy.


Electricity

The voltage in Myanmar is mainly 220-230 Volts Ac. Bring an international adaptor and consider protecting electrical appliances from over voltage or grey-outs. The main socket type is the two-pronged Europlug (type C or CEE 7/16) or Shuko (Type E/F, CEE 7/4, or CEE 7/5). Power cuts and voltage fluctuations are common.


Time

GMT + 6.5 hours


For ideas on where to stay in Myanmar (Burma), be sure to check out our featured hotel recommendations.

Start exploring our What to See & Do section for more ideas on where to go and what to do while you're in Myanmar!