Myanmar An untapped gold mine of adventure

Myanmar An untapped gold mine of adventure

Myanmar An untapped gold mine of adventure

Myanmar An untapped gold mine of adventure

Myanmar An untapped gold mine of adventure

Myanmar An untapped gold mine of adventure

Myanmar An untapped gold mine of adventure

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Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) stands out for its old age charm and colonial influences. Home to some of Southeast Asia’s finest ancient architecture, this mysterious land offers experiences that we consider one of a kind. Glide on a hot air balloon over the Valley of the Temples in Bagan or gaze at the bewildering floating world of Inle Lake. Myanmar’s many attractions also include the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda and colonial-era buildings of Yangon, the regal palaces of Mandalay and more off-the-beaten-path destinations like the medieval ruins of Mrauk-U. Travel back in time with our carefully designed itineraries and discover the ageless beauty of Myanmar.

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Useful Information

Entry & Custom Procedures

Myanmar offers visa free stays up to 14 days for 7 Asian countries. Visitors with other passports can easily apply for a visa, often as a convenient and fast e-visa for European and North American citizens. We, at Terraverde, are happy to check the requirements for your nationality and help you with the process.

Transportation

By Air

There are three international airports in Myanmar: the newest of them is located in the new capital of Naypyidaw. Mandalay Airport is the second on the list, while Yangon's International Airport is the oldest and the one with the most international connections.

By Road

While efforts are underway to improve and further develop Myanmar's road network, most visitors would agree road condition and quality are poor. There are 9 major highways crisscrossing the country and some 12% of roads are paved.

By Train

Traveling by train is a very scenic way to explore Myanmar. However delays and technical issues are common, and the cars are not as clean or comfortable. Buses are generally a quicker option.

Currency

The official currency is the Burmese Kyat (MMK). US Dollars are the most widely accepted foreign currency for exchange. At the time of publishing the exchange rate is US$ 1 = 1390 MMK.

Credit and debit cards are accepted by major hotels in the main cities of Myanmar, but may be subject to transaction fees and unfavourable exchange rates.

You can also get cash with your debit or credit card from ATMs at the main tourists cities.

Language

The official language of Myanmar is Burmese, although English, once an official language in this former British colony, is again taking a more prominent position in the nation's linguistic landscape.

Tipping

The advent of tourism has contributed to the development of a tipping culture. Most workers in the tourism sector today receive tips from travelers ranging from 10% of the bill at restaurants to $7 - 10$ a day for guides.

Water

Tap water in Myanmar is not fit for consumption.

Telecommunications

There are currently three mobile phone operators in Myanmar and SIM cards prices range from around $2 without any credit to 15$ with call and data plans. Free WIFI is available at hotels, restaurants and cafes, among other public spaces. 

Health & Medical Facilities

No vaccination is required, but visitors are advised to receive inoculations against hepatitis A and B, typhoid and tetanus. Inoculation for yellow fever and tablets for malaria are not necessary although doctors still usually recommend them.

Facilities and services in Myanmar are limited to Mandalay and Yangon. Routine treatments and basic services are adequate. Cash payment is to be expected prior to receiving any treatment. It is highly advised to secure health insurance that can cover or reimburse the costs of treatment including medical evacuation, since this might be required in the case of life threatening injuries.

Public Holidays 2020

Jan 1New Year's Day
Jan 4Independence Day
Feb 12Union Day
Mar 2Peasants' Day
Mar 27Armed Forces Day
April 12 - 17Thingyan Festival
May 1World Worker’s Day
May 6Full Moon Day of Kasone
Jul 19 - 20Martyr's Day
Aug 3Full Moon Day of second Waso
Oct 29 - Nov 2Full Moon Day of Thadingyut
Nov 27 - 30Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone
Dec 9National Day

Safety

Travel to most parts of Myanmar is safe. Visitors should exercise normal precautions when traveling in the country. Some regions like Rakhine State are to be avoided if possible.

Population

Myanmar has a population of 53,7 million inhabitants with an average life expectancy of 66 years. 68% of the population is Bamar or Burmese, while ethnic minority groups include Shan (6.4%), Karen (5.2%), Kachin (1.8%), Chin (1.6%), Mon (1.5%), and Rakhine (1.5%). The dominant religion is Buddhism (88% of the population), while Christianity and Islam also have a sizeable following,  6.2% and 4.3% respectively.

Shopping

While modern shopping has arrived in Myanmar in the form of malls, supermarkets and duty free shops, the real magic happens in local markets such as the famous Bogyoke Aung San Market, where prices aren't fixed and bargaining is acceptable.

Local Time

Myanmar is 6 hours and a half ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+6:30).

Electricity

In Myanmar the power plugs and sockets are of type C, D, F and G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

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About Myanmar

Having only been truly open to the modern world since 2011, after decades of military rule, Myanmar remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world. In this deeply spiritual land, Buddhism is the main religious and cultural force. However, the country boasts a great ethnic and cultural diversity, which, to this day, has been an important source of conflict. Travel the land and meet the locals. Whether you are visiting a tribal community or sipping afternoon tea at The Strand Yangon, opportunities to hold an insightful conversation will abound.

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When to Visit

MandalayJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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Max °C29323638373434333323028
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YangonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min °C18192224252424 2424242219
Max °C323536373330303030303232
Rain mm52617307567577624381206627
BaganJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min °C13141823242423 2323221915
Max °C303337383633323232323129
Rain mm59234314217522121616689448