5 Great Tips To Travel in Myanmar
1.How to get a MYANMAR VISA
Getting a travel Visa has become easier. Not need to visit any Myanmar embassy. You can apply for a electronic Visa (e-visa) in advance. We got the visa within a week and it costs us less than $100.
To apply for a e-visa, click here:
2. Change CURRENCY / CREDIT CARD
If you plan to bring US dollars, ensure you bring brand new dollar, pristine condition. Just to your bank and ask for new dollars bills. Currency kiosks changes in Myanmar does not accept used/creased dollar.
KYAT is the local currency.
Credit card are accepted. But keep in mind, the country is still under development and some hotels do not have credit card machines and require cash payment
3. MYANMAR ACCOMMODATION and TRANSPORTATION COSTS
We travelled to Myanmar in 2016 and we found the country much more expensive than Cambodia, Thailand or Vietnam.
This is surprising knowing Myanmar has opened to tourism until recently and the infrastructure hasn’t developed quite yet.
Hotels and transportation are expensive.
If you like 5 stars luxury hotels, price can go up to $200-$300 per night.
We recommend you book your hotel in advance before traveling to the country.
Getting around takes much more time than you would think: Flight are cheap and probably the best way travel. Keep in mind flight can be delayed. Be patient but we still think,knowing the places you are spread apart, that it is better option to fly rather taking a night bus that will arrive at 2am on the morning to the destination. Note, roads in Myanmar are bumpy and slow and traffic is crazy in the major cities.
Flying prices are around $100. You hotel host can book it for you.
Decent and cheap Myanmar local food can be easily found for less than $10.
While walking around any city, we recommend you find restaurant where locals eat. This is the sign it won’t be a tourist trap and you will get a very good price for your meal.
4. INTERNET in MYANMAR
All hotels will advertise having WI-FI. But it is really, really slow and simple not working at all. Just enough to read your email or upload few images on your favorite social medias site.
5. DOES MYANMAR ENGLISH SPOKEN?
For the little history, Burma was a British colony from 1824 to 1948.
In major cities, we haven’t noticed any problems to communicate in English. Hotels, taxi drivers, vendors all speak english.
Now, in remote places, small village, if you are into Myanmar off beaten path adventure, you will need a local guide and translator.
Note, it can be difficult to get off the beaten path in Myanmar mainly because you can only stay in government approved areas.
REMEMBER, MYANMAR IS STILL RELATIVELY NEW TO TOURISTS
Myanmar is a amazing and safe travel experience. The country is booming and its infrastructure is exploding but it can be frustrating and slow getting between places. Just be patient and go with the flow.
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