Archive | February, 2013

Travel Tips for Myanmar

20 Feb

Visa

You can apply your visa at Myanmar embassies and Foreign Consultants offices and it allow 28 days for tourist visa.

Check here for Myanmar Embassies Abroad – http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/myanmar

VOA ( Visa On Arrival )

Businessmen are allowed to get Visa On Arrival directly by themselves for Business Visa. For Tourists Visa , you have to apply in advance through Local based travel agents 2-3 weeks before of arrival date.

Another Way to get Visa on Arrival is flying in with MAI ( Myanmar International Airways ) from Guangzhou to Yangon on every Thursday and Sunday and Seam Reap to Yangon on every Wed & Saturday. You don’t need to prearrange for VOA , if you fly in Myanmar with these two flights.

Money Exchange

Nowadays, Official Exchange Counters are running at airports and Down town of Big cities.You are highly recommended to change your money at official exchange counters because these are where you can get the best rates.Before official exchange counters haven’t run yet, foreigners have to change at black markets, of course, it is really dangerous for you to be cheated by Money Exchange vendors. Although there are official exchange counters , also , there are vendors as well in some places such as Near Sule Pagoda , Bogyoke Aung San Market and some places where is touristy places. Please , Don’t Change Your Money at Black Markets Anymore, now.

What you can change at Official Exchange counters are Singapore Dollar, US dollar, Euro and FEC ( Foreign Exchange Currency ) which is equal amount of US dollar, that is , to use in Myanmar only.

One of the very good news for tourists to Myanmar is ” You can withdraw money with your Credit Card “. You can withdraw your money at CB Bank , KBZ and MOB’s ATMs. But, you can withdraw only Myanmar currency(Kyats) at the same exchange rate of the day. So, you still need to bring enough cash for your hotels, air tickets, entrance Fees,etc…

Mobile and Internet

Normally, you can’t use your mobiles in Myanmar. What you can do to use mobile in Myanmar are ;

1) Rent Service

2) Pre-paid SIM Card

You can rent mobile or SIM card at Yangon International Airport. You have to pay 50 US$ for deposit and 2 US$ / day for SIM Card or GSM mobile.

Pre-Paid SIM Card

You can easily buy 20 US$ ( 19000 Kyats ) Pre-Paid SIM card in down town such as mobile shops, electronic shops, etc..

You can use internet your hotels , some restaurants, Internet Cafe. There are lots of internet cafe in big cities. Please , be patient for low connectivity.

Food

Myanmar food is really nice to have for your lunch and Mohingar or coconut Milk noodle are really nice and famous for Breakfast. But , be careful and make sure your Myanmar food is fresh and hot for your dinner.Normally , Myanmar people have lunch out and go back to home for dinner to have great family lives. Moreover, Myanmar foods are not on-the-spot food – means food at Myanmar restaurants were cooked still in the Morning and it wouldn’t very fresh in evening. Chinese Food is also famous in Myanmar as well. Myanmar and Chinese Food are cheap, Thai Food are more expensive and European Foods are most expensive in Myanmar. It will cost you about 2000-4000 Ks and 2000 Ks for one bottle of Beer – Myanmar Beer is really nice and recommended.

Clothes

Myanmar is culture country and culture tourism country. So, when you visit to Pagodas, Monastery and other holy religious places, you should cover you keen and shoulders, especially for Women.

Slippers are recommended for your city trip because you have to take off your shoes when you go inside .So, if you have to go lots of holy places, maybe you disappointed our traditions.

Tips

You can pay tips to the staffs of tourism and hotels, if you are satisfied on their services, although we have any custom or habit to pay tips in Myanmar. How much for tips ? It depends on you and no one would complaint on that matter.

But, don’t give your money to monks and nuns on the way and road. They are not real monks and nuns ( some people say that they are professional baggers ) . If you really want to help and donate, you should go to the real monastery or orphanages with recommendation of local people.

Please , Enjoy your time with cartoons for ” Do and Don’t in Myanmar ” at below link.

http://www.dosanddontsfortourists.com/

If you have more tips for travelers to Myanmar , please leave your information at comment box.

Have a nice trip to Myanmar.

Min Than Htut

My Recommendations

http://www.private-guides.com/guide-in-myanmar/yangon-guides-3888/index.php

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2259442

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2293649

Domestic Flight Rates of Myanmar

12 Feb
Myanmar Domestic Air tickets Rates
Here are the domestic flight tickets rate – valid form Oct 2012 – April 2013
Flight rate valid from Oct 01 , 2012 to April 30 , 2013
No
Sector
Air Bagan
Asian Wings
Air KBZ
Air Mandalay
Yangon Airways
1
Yangon – Mandalay
124
122
120
108
110
2
Yangon – Nyaung U
117
114
112
103
105
3
Yangon – Heho
116
114
112
103
105
4
Yangon – Thandwe
106
100
101
90
92
5
Yangon – Sittwe
141
130
124
123
6
Yangon – Pathein
89
7
Yangon – Thachileik
193
177
177
156
158
8
Yangon – Kyaing Tong
193
177
156
158
9
Yangon – Dawei
135
130
124
111
113
10
Yangon – Myeik
150
143
138
129
131
11
Yangon – Kawthaung
203
195
187
164
166
12
Yangon – Myitkyina
206
196
190
176
13
Yangon – Putato
242
14
Yangon – Naypyitaw
103
100
101
103
15
Yangon – Kalay
181
168
16
Yangon – Lashio
170
164
174
161
17
Yangon – Bhamo
191
179
171
18
Yangon – Monywa
176
178
19
Yangon – Homalin
212
217
20
Yangon – KyaukPhyu
110
21
Naypyitaw – Mandalay
64
62
62
22
Naypyitaw-Heho
64
23
Naypyitaw – Nyaung U
64
24
Naypyitaw – Kyaing Tong
25
Mandalay – Nyaung U
54
55
55
62
52
26
Mandalay – Heho
54
55
55
62
52
27
Mandalay – Tachileik
153
146
140
126
128
28
Mandaly – Kyaing Tong
153
140
126
128
29
Mandalay – Putao
142
30
Mandalay – Lashio
81
80
83
80
31
Mandalay – Kalay
112
104
32
Mandalay – Thandwe
136
125
33
Mandalay – Monywa
73
74
34
Mandalay – Bhamo
124
113
108
35
Mandalay – Homalin
154
152
36
Nyaung U – Heho
81
81
80
70
72
37
Nyaung U – Thandwe
142
141
136
131
133
38
Nayung U – Sittwe
136
39
Heho – Thandwe
142
141
136
131
133
40
Heho – Sittwe
136
41
Heho – Pathein
42
Heho – Tachileik
133
126
123
116
118
43
Heho – Kyaing tong
128
123
116
118
44
heho – Lashio
92
91
87
45
Tachileik – Kyaing Tong
64
68
60
62
46
Dawei – Myeik
77
76
72
70
72
47
Dawei – Kawthaung
118
117
110
106
108
48
Myeik – Kawthaung
89
88
82
80
82
49
Myitkyina – Putao
83
50
Thandwe – Sittwe
89
82
80
82
51
Lashio – Tachileik
213
214
193
52
Myitkyina – Bhamo
89
90
87
53
Monywa – Homalin
124
127
54
KyaukPhyu – Sittwe
59
55
Lashio – Kyaing Tong
All of prices refer US$ including YQ and YR .
Now , there is another airline is called Golden Myanmar and if you want to know more about that please do not hesitate to ask me .
I will be upload that airlines’ air fares and flight time as well.
Min Than Htut
Tour Operator
Myanmar.
Email : touroperator.guide@gmail.com
Mobile : +95-9-420065267

Classic 10 days Trip in Myanmar

12 Feb

Myanmar have lots of culture and traditional , here is one of nice trip for you.

Day 01 : Arrival and Yangon Sightseeing
Welcome by our guide at A/P and transfer to hotel. Those arriving by morning flight, lunch will be followed by city sightseeing including CHAUK-HTAT-KYI, the colossal reclining Buddha image; KARAWEIK HALL & ROYAL LAKE for photo stop.
After lunch continue sightseeing including the majestic SHWE-DA-GON PAGODA, the soul of Yangon and CHINA TOWN.
Those arriving by afternoon flight will be taken for a visit only to SHWE-DA-GON PAGODA, the soul of Yangon and CHINA TOWN. Dinner and Overnight at Yangon.
Day 02 : Yangon-Bagan by morning flight and Bagan sightseeing
After early breakfast at hotel transfer to A/P for flight to Bagan (ETD 07:00, ETA 08:20). On arrival, transfer to hotel and proceed for sightseeing, starting with busy NYAUNG-U MARKET, SHWE-ZI-GON PAGODA, the prototype of later Myanmar stupa; KYAN-SIT-THA U-MIN, a tunnel with attractive mural paintings; BU-PHAYA, the oldest pagoda in Bagan; ANANDA TEMPLE, the architectural masterpiece of a millennium and THAT-BYIN-NYU TEMPLE, the tallest in Bagan.
After lunch continue sightseeing starting with HTILO-MINLO TEMPLE, a double storeyed building with artistic stucco works; GAWDAW-PALIN TEMPLE, famous for it’s colourful glazes plaques and enjoy the sunset from SHWE-SAN-DAW PAGODA. Dinner and Overnight at Bagan.
Day 03 : Bagan sightseeing

After breakfast at hotel , start morning sightseeing including NAN-PAYA, a temple believed to be the residence of Mon King Maunha; MANUHA TEMPLE, built by the captive Mon King Manuha; GU-BYAUK-KYI (MYIN-KA-BAR),famous for it’s mural paintings of Jataka scenes; DHAMMA-YANGYI YEMPLE, famous for it’s fine brick works. After lunch visit the LACQUERWARE WORKSHOP.EVERNING AT LEISURE or you may join us for A PONY CART RIDE to the suburban. Dinner and overnight at Bagan.

Day 04 : Bagan – Mandalay by morning flights and Mandalay sightseeing

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to A/P for flight to Mandalay (ETD 08: 40, ETA 09:15). On arrival, transfer to hotel and proceed for sightseeing, starting with MAHA-MUNI PAGODA, famous for it’s life like Buddha image; MARBLE SCULPTURE; TAPSETRY WORKSHOP and ZEGYO MARKET. After lunch continue sightseeing with KU-THO-DAW PAGODA, known as the world’s biggest book; GOLDEN MONASTERY, famous for it’s wood carving; SILK WEAVING CENTER & KYAUK-TAW-GYI PAGADA, with a huge image of Buddha carved out of a single marble boulder. Enjoy the panoramic view of Mandalay from MANDALAY HILL Dinner and Overnight at Mandalay.

Day 05 : Excursion to Amarapura , Sagaing & Inwa
After breakfast at hotel, excursion to Amarapura, the ancient capital. Visit MAHA-GANDAR-YONE MONASTERY with over 1300 monks who are studying Buddhist Scriptures, PA-HTO-DAW-GYI PAGODA, U BEIN BRIDGE, built of teak logs and planks over 200 years ago by then Mayor U Bein. Then proceed to Sagaing. After lunch, visit SAGAING HILLS; KAUNG-MHU-DAW PAGODA, an enormous dome shaped pagoda and YWA-HTAUNG VILLAGE, famous for it’s silverware and proceed to Ava (In-wa). In-wa tour highlights include the 27-metre-high Masonry Watch Tower, NANMYINT (or) the ”Leaning Tower of In-wa”; BAGAYA MONASTERY built with 276 teak pillars and observe Myanmar tradition Alms bowls workshop. Return back to Mandalay. Dinner and Overnight at Mandalay.
Day 06 : Excursion to Mingun
After breakfast hotel, Visit to Mingun by boat, just 12km on the west bank upstream from Mandalay. Upon arrival, visit PONDAW PAYA, a five meter high working model for gigantic structure; SETTAWYA PAYA, the vaulted shrine with a footprint of the Buddha; MINGUN PAHTOTAWGYI PAYA, one of the world’s largest chides built by Bodaw Paya; MINGUN BELL, weighing 90 tons know as the world largest ringing bell; HSINBYUME PAYA, a representation of the Sulamani Paya which stands atop Mt. Meru. Return to Mandalay.
Evening at leisure. Dinner and Overnight at Mandalay.
Day 07 : Mandalay – Heho by morning flight and Heho-Pindaya-Inle
AAfter breakfast at hotel, transfer to A/P for flight to Heho (ETD 08:20, ETA 09:00). On arrival proceed to Pindaya by car (about 2 hrs drive). After lunch visit PINDAYA CAVES; traditional cottage industry of UMBRELLA MAKING and the scenic lake. Then continue to NYAUNG SHWE (INLE, about 2:30 hrs drive). On arrival, transfer to hotel and evening at leisure. Dinner and Overnight at Nyaung Shwe.
Day 08 : Inle lake and Indein Sightseeing
After breakfast at hotel, start Inle Lake sightseeing including FLOATING ISLANDS, HEYA YWAMA VILLAGE, PHAUNG-DAW-U PAGODA, NGA-PHE-CHAUNG MONASTERY, Known as jumping cat monastery and the unique LEG-ROWERS and their traditional fishing style. And Overnight at Nyaung Shwe .
Day 09 : Indein sightseeing
After breakfast at hotel , take the boat for Indein Village and enjoy natural scenic views and ethnic groups and back to Nyaung Shwe and fly back to Yangon with evening flight .
Day 10 : After breakfast at hotel , transfer to airport for Departure .