Explore Myanmar (Burma)
General info and Travel Tips
Short and simple: I fell in love with Myanmar!!
Visiting Myanmar was one of the most unique and fulfilling travel experiences I've ever had.
The countryside is stunning, the people incredibly kind, the sights simply breathtaking. Myanmar is undoubtedly the most photogenic country I've ever traveled to .
The situation in Myanmar has improved a lot since 2010, still there is very little basic infrastructure.
This Myanmar travel guide will help you plan your next dream vacation and, I truly hope this beautiful country will leave you speechless, just as it did me.
Oh and go NOW!! Before the country gets run over by tourists!
Myanmar is still fairly unspoiled and often you will be the only western person around!!
National Languages: There are approximately a hundred languages spoken in Myanmar (due to the many ethnic tribes), official language is Burmese.
Currency: Myanmar Kyat 1 USD = 1340 Myanmar Kyat
Population: 54 Million
Largest city, industrial hub: Yangon
International airports: Yangon (RGN) & Mandalay (MDL)
Easiest international connection: from Bangkok to Yangon --> lots of flights each day
Myanmar is bordered by India and Bangladesh to its west, Thailand and Laos to its east and People's Republic of China to its north and northeast.
Electricity in Myanmar: Myanmar power voltage is 230 V 50 Hz; Power sockets C, D, F, & G
Check if you need an adapter adapter here.
Top Packing Tips
Myanmar is a conservative country. Please wear appropriate clothing. Women should ideally wear long pants or skirts to cover their knees, avoid deep V necks or sleeveless tops. Men should try to keep their shoulders and legs covered. You can conveniently buy the traditional Longyi for about 5000 kyat ( 3USD) everywhere. As they are quite strict about clothing when visiting sights I would recommend to buy a couple of Longyi upon arrival in any of the markets so you won't have to worry about being allowed in a temple.
The best shoe you can bring is a pair of flip flops. People in Myanmar do everything in their flip flops. Also, you will quickly realize that it is the easiest shoe to wear, as shoe wear is not allowed in any of the temples.
Pack: Flashlight, Umbrella, Warm clothes, rain coat --> not all areas are hot e.g. Kalaw, Pyion O Lwin
Moquito repellent, Camera!
There are ATM's everywhere. It is very easy to withdraw cash from the ATM's.
Credit Cards: Visa and Master Card. American Express is generally not accepted.