Myanmar Travel Hints - Indochina Travel

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

You should bring a money-belt to safely carry your travel documents and cash. Bring photo-copies of your passport and visa, plus some extra passport-sized photos if you’re applying for on-arrival visas. When flying into or within the region, you will probably be given baggage claim tags (they will be stuck in to the back of your ticket or on the cover of your passport). Keep these, as you will need to show them when check out the airport.

CLOTHING & LAUNDRY

Light casual wear preferably cotton is suitable for all year round. You would need a cardigan or light sweater for the cool season especially when visiting Northern Myanmar in the cool season. An umbrella will be useful during the rainy season. If possible dress modestly at all times. Sandals or slippers are convenient, as all footwear must be removed before entering temples and pagodas. Visitors are required to dress decently on the precincts of religious buildings. Ladies should not wear shorts, briefs or bra-less T-Shirt in such places. Laundry service is available in all the hotels/guesthouses with decent price.

PACKING ALONG

Though purveyors of beauty products are already putting their foots in major cities, you would be wise to pack travel camaraderie’s like sunscreen, contact lens solution, tampons and mosquito repellent, as well as prescribed medication. Many kinds of medicines start to be available in Yangon or Mandalay without prescriptions, easy to reach but they might not be as of that good quality like home. If you travel with a companion or with family, should it be a nice idea to cross-pack, i.e., pack half of your belongings in to other’s suitcase and vice versa. Just in case any baggage delayed might happen.

BOOKS & COPIES

Reading materials may be hard to find, especially in less-touristy areas, so bring some good books. Other than that, some airports in Myanmar do have some historical and travel books for sales.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Visitors to Myanmar must hold a valid passport, which should be valid for at least six months after your planned departure date from Myanmar. For the vast majority of travelers to Myanmar, the easiest visa to obtain is a tourist visa. A tourist visa can be applied directly through a travel/visa agency in your home country or directly at the Myanmar embassy. A tourist visa officially costs between US$20 but runs up to €30 in some Western Europe countries.
Regarding visa on arrival (VOA), you will get your visa stamped in your passport and pay 30 USD per passport in cash at the airport. Our guide will be also there to assist you. For detail about needed document to submit, feel free to ask our advisor team who has the most up to date information

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE

Most of local Myanmar Airlines offer a 20kg (44 pounds) regulation which is applied in all domestic flights and for the Economy class. Carry-on bags should weights less than fifteen pounds and have a size limit of 9 X 14 X 22 inches. Many a case, travelers were lucky with help and flexibility of check-in staffs at the airport, a stretching 7 to 10 more pounds of weight free of surcharges. Just give them a warm smile when you check in the counter.
When you take the flights out or within Myanmar, locking your suitcases or the duffel bags is legal and advisable.

IMMUNIZATIONS

As one of the least developed nations in Southeast Asia, it is advisable to consult your doctor or local health department to discuss which shots you need from the below immunization:
– Diphtheria and tetanus: Combined vaccinations for these two diseases are usually given in childhood and should be boosted every ten years.
– Hepatitis A: Vaccination provides immunity for up to ten years and involves an initial injection followed by another six months to one year later.
– Typhoid: Vaccination takes the form of an injection or capsules.
-Meningococcal Meningitis: This vaccine is only recommended for travellers making extended visits to rural, northern Vietnam. Protection lasts for three years.
– Rabies: People making longer trips to remote areas should consider rabies vaccination, which involves three injections over a period of three to four weeks.
– Japanese B Encephalitis: People on trips of a month or more to areas suffering from recent outbreaks should consider getting this vaccine, which involves three shots over one month.

LOCAL CURRENCY

Myanmar Currency is Kyat (MMK) and abbreviated K. It has a variety of notes ranging from K1, K5, K10, K20, K50, K100, K200, K500 and K1000. The US dollars is used and accepted whereas the Euro is only accepted in big cities. Therefore, it is best to exchange Euros for US dollars before you enter the country because as ATMs are still very hard to come by and major kinds of credit cards are hardly accepted. US dollars can be changed at Yangon airport, banks (which give the best exchange rates) and some hotels.

ELECTRICITY

Most of the electrical current in Vietnam is 220V, 50Hz. Round, two-plug pins are more common although some places use flat pins or three-pronged pins. Luxurious hotels provide multi sockets adaptor in room. Anyway, cheap adaptors are sold in local markets or can be requested at the hotel’s desk

MOBILE & TELEPHONE

Most of the phones provide international direct dialing calls and charges should be paid by FEC. International access code is 00 which should be followed by country code, area code and subscriber number. If you need operator assisted call, then call overseas booking operator by dialing 657444, 657555 or 657999. For domestic call you should call operator trunk dialing (OTD) call by dialing 101

INTERNET

Myanmar is still way behind the world in term of Internet access. Wireless internet is available in most hotels, high-end cafes or at the internet shops but you have to pay to be able to access. Quality of the internet is not stable though. It is always better check price before log in..

SHOPPING & SHIPPING

Bargaining is an art long-practiced in Asian countries including Myanmar. Myanmar arts and crafts, mostly pure handmade, are best souvenirs and prices are very reasonable. Lacquer-ware, wood and ivory carvings, tapestries, silverware, brassware, silk and cotton fabric and shoulder bags are some of the favorite items. Finest Myanmar ruby, sapphire, jade and pearl are available at Myanmar gems shops.

TIPPING

Despite our numerous years of experience in this industry, it is quite a sensitive and special matter all the time. It is not our job to give out figures that frame the practice of tipping. Each country, even each individual has different point of view about and the tip also depends on client’s satisfaction. There is a guideline we always suggest client when it comes to tip that a guide is $7-10/per day and a driver is $3-5. Chamber-maid or bell-captain is $1 per room. Be sure that you only tip when all the services are of your satisfaction

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