How Do I Get a Visa?
All visitors to Myanmar are required to carry a valid passport and a Myanmar visa.
The passport must be valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay.
Visas are available from your local Myanmar Embassy or the easy to use on-line eVisa service. The cost of an online visa is US $50. We can assist you to obtain a visa if necessary.
Tourist visa’s validity expires 90 days after issue and allows a 28-day, single-entry visit. There are also 28-day business visas, multiple-entry business visas, and 28-day special visas for former Myanmar citizens.
Meditation visas are also available if you show a letter of support from the monastery where you intend to meditate.
There is a US $10 Departure Tax payable at Yangon Airport when leaving Myanmar.
Which climate can I expect during my vacation days?
The country is in the tropical zone and has the monsoon weather. You can encounter the sun the whole year. But, June to end of September (25 – 35 degrees) – raining season – you might bring rain coat, umbrellas, flip-flops, etc. You can buy them locally here cheaper.
October to the end of Febuary – the Winter (17 – 40 degrees) – you can bring sun glass and hat for the sun, sun cream (many people here use umbrellas or hats), solar protection for the face and body.
March to the end of May – the summer season (30 – 45 degrees).
Can I use my phone within the country?
The mobile telephone numbers from other countries actually no operate in Myanmar (Maybe – we do not know enough). You can easily buy local simcard (by Telenor, Ooredoo, MPT) with 1500 Kyats and need to top up 1000 Kyats minimum, both local and international calls are available. You can bring your handset for internet, camera, messenger services etc.
Whar can I wear during my trip?
The short pants, skirts or revealing clothes are not appropriate especially visiting pagodas or monasteries such as cultural places. Myanmar is a conservative and Buddhist culture country, the unappropriated wearing might offensive and unrespectable. Please be ware with the local culture.
The light clothes which appropriately and made with cotton or other types are ideal for the whole year round. A sweater or a jacket and sockets might be useful for the colder seasons when visiting some zones with high mountains, such as Inle Lake, Kalaw when the climate reduce almost 0 degree at the night time.
The slippers can be useful and easier when to visit temples, monasteries, or the secret places, they are also available at local markets.
Is there any etiquette should be taken care during the trip?
When visiting Myanmar, there are some customs and beliefs that travellers should be aware of before coming to the country in order to avoid offending any of the locals.
Here are some helpful hints to keep in mind whilst visiting. If you have any questions regarding etiquette when travelling in Myanmar, please ask at our arrival briefing.
There have been instances recently where travellers with visible tattoos of the Buddha have caused offence. If you have a tattoo of the Buddha, please ensure it is covered in public.
Never wear shoes and socks inside a Pagoda or Monastery, as they are not allowed, although some Monasteries allow footwear in the grounds. When visiting someone’s home, shoes should always be left at the door. You should also remember that carpets, mats and other kinds of floor covering are meant to be sat upon, so should avoid walking on them especially with your shoes on.
Myanmar dress is conservative; therefore visitors should avoid wearing anything revealing in public. In a Pagoda, men and women should avoid wearing sleeveless shirts or revealing clothing.
Do not step over the body of anyone else. If this situation is unavoidable, please ask to be excused first.
When you offer something to a monk or nun or an elderly person, use both hands. With others, apart from casual transactions at shops or food stalls use your right hand or both hands in order to be polite in the case of giving or receiving gifts, etc.
Monks and nuns should not be touched. Women should be careful not to let any part of their body touch a monk’s robes.
Do not lose your temper. Furthermore, touching someone older than you on the head may also be interpreted as an act of aggression and should be avoided.
Please ask before taking photos of people, particularly monks.
Avoid posing or sitting with Buddhist images.
Don’t point your feet at anybody or anything. As well, be sure not to sit with your feet pointed at a Buddha image (sit cross-legged or with your legs tucked behind you).
Please learn a few words of the Myanmar language, it is always greatly appreciated. A Mingalaba (hello) goes a long way in any culture.
Do not show affection in public.
Do not give money directly to a monk.
Do not step voluntarily on a monk’s shadow.
Do not accept any kinds of drugs here. Penalties for drug-trafficking range from five years’ imprisonment to a death sentence.
Do I need to hire the guide?
For those who want to travel freely easily go with only driver and car. Most of our driver speak English and have many years’ experience in tourism field.
Our Guides are carefully selected professionals. Baton Tours also offers scholarships for apprentice Guides from poor backgrounds. All Guides are fully briefed before your Tour by our very experienced Tour Manager.
We offer two different types of guides to assist you touring Myanmar.
A tour guide will accompany you throughout your entire journey of Myanmar; from arrival to departure. Tour guides are highly recommended by Baton Tours because they possess a perfect command of the native tongue and also have familiarity with Myanmar’s landscape and cultural norms. Our tour guides are extremely friendly, knowledgeable and provide you with the assistance you need to experience Myanmar from the tallest Pagoda to the smallest village. For the most comfortable travel in Myanmar your tour guide will be with you every step of the way.
A location guide meets you at a specific destination within Myanmar such as Inle Lake, Bagan etc. Location guides are particularly knowledgeable about the area in which they are stationed and will accompany you from their area to your next destination before travelling back to their post. Most location guides speak good, accented English.
If you require a guide to speak something other than English we have to provide a tour guide from Yangon. Location guides only speak English. Please notify us ahead of time for this service.
Is there any health treatment in Myanmar?
No inoculations or vaccinations are required unless coming from or through an infected area. Clients should bring sufficient medication with them if necessary and should check for updated health recommendations before your departure to Myanmar regarding hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, etc.
Yes, it is necessary to bring the medications you use. Usually because here not be the same and can be difficult to find, so we advise you not forget to bring your medicines in hand luggage (Hand baggage). Your health insurance should buy from your country. You may need to take a form of your company or clinic so once spending happens here, can fill in this form to refund back from your company or clinic. Regarding the Insurance medical assistance abroad, World SOS has a local representative office in Yangon with 24-hour call service for emergency evacuation and medical assistance. But always better to take your health security from your country.
Only drink purified bottled water. Bottled water is readily available and some hotels provide it free. Take as much bottled water as you think you will need for your day.
Please contact us if you want detailed information on emergency health services available.
Which food can I get in Myanmar?
Rice sits at the centre of Burmese cuisine, with a variety of meat, fish and vegetable dishes served alongside. Curries, such as this golden egg variety, are also popular, while noodle soups are eaten enjoyed throughout the day.
Mohinga is one of the country’s national dishes. It’s a fragrant hot and sour fish soup served over noodles and is most commonly eaten for breakfast. Other Burmese specialities include barbecued ox tongues, and Lahpet Thoke, a delicious pickled tea leaf salad.
Drinking tea is a national pastime, and teashops are a regular part of everyday Burmese life. In fact, you won’t find such a vast number of teashops and tea culture anywhere else in Asia. Sometimes it seems the vast majority of Burmese people are drinking tea at any given time.
Can you advise what to carry money wise?
Today the travellers can use Visa or credit cards, there are enough ATM in the cities and commission is 5000 Kyats for one time use, you can withdraw maximum 300 USD a day. In Yangon and big cities can be changed Euros, but the money more usable here is US dollars for example for meals at the hotels, shoppings, etc.
We strongly recommend that the US dollars notes have to be new, unfolded, unstained if not you will get lower exchange rates or the local banks do not accept them.
The exchange rate today is 1USD= 1200 Kyats (or) 1 EUR = 1340 Kyats (local money) approximately.
How is insurance policy?
We advise all customers to have the necessary personal baggage, medical and accident insurance before arrival. SOS worldwide has a local representative office in Yangon with a 24 hour on call service for emergency evacuation and medical assistance.
How is the electricity?
The tension in Myanmar is 220-230 volts AC. The plugs are different from those used in your country and may need an adaptor, but hotels usually provide them.
By power outages, most international hotels have their own generators. Other places may experience power cuts and voltage fluctuations can damage electronic equipment such as computers or battery chargers and phones. Please try to take this into account and travel with the necessary protection of these appliances.
Can you provide shopping information in Myanmar?
Folk art pieces, betel boxes, cast bronze weights in many animal and bird shapes, old fabrics, instruments for tattooing, and countless other mysterious but charming pieces.
Myanmar craftsmen are highly skilled in carving materials ranging from bone, wood and jade. Sandalwood Buddha images or figurines and jewellery carved from jade make especially precious souvenirs.
Hand woven cottons and silks are plentiful and in all colours of the spectrum. Silk pieces woven with a hundred or more shuttles, which create intricate patterns, is unique to Myanmar. Fabrics and exotic blankets hand-woven by the ethnic hill tribes are also available.
Gems and Jewellery
With prices to suit all budgets, jade, rubies, sapphires and pearls of all colours and size are available. Silver and golden pearls are a very worthwhile investment.
Twice a year there are Gems Emporium Sales where buyers from around the world compete by auction.
The most representative craft of Myanmar, lacquer ware comes in many forms: plain reds, blacks and golds, etched with colour filled designs or gilded, embellished with mirror inlays and fake gems. The items range from bracelets to place mats to furniture.
The marionette theatre is a grand tradition of Myanmar culture, with puppets once bearing bad news to the kings that human messengers dared not utter. Many are available in all sizes, gorgeously dressed in faux gems and silks.
The many galleries and shops offer exquisite water colours, a medium in which the local artists excel. There are many galleries in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan, well worth an afternoon’s browsing.
Pottery and basketry
Glazed ware is still used in many houses to store grain, oil or water and produced in large numbers for both domestic use and export. Cane or bamboo furniture, baskets, bags and other utensils are abundantly found in many markets.
Boxes and artefacts of silver are hammered by hand and the traditional items are small boxes in filigree or relief work, showing traditional motifs, mythical creatures or scenes from the classics. The smaller ones make excellent pillboxes.
Scenes of local life or traditional motifs are worked in gold and silver thread; figures are formed in silk and brass sequins on a velvet background. This is an old tradition, and once used only in the royal palaces as room dividers.
Can I drive the car in Myanmar?
You must have a valid Myanmar driver’s licence to drive cars and motorcycles in Myanmar. It is illegal to drive cars or motorcycles in Myanmar on a foreign or International Driving licence.
What to bring?
Counter medications, insect repellent and an umbrella (for sun or rain). An antibiotic cream for minor cuts and scrapes, a spare prescription glasses, a small flashlight, or front light.
We wish you have a good trip.