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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