CLIMATE OF MYANMAR
1). What is the most suitable time for travel to Myanmar?
The most pleasant season for visiting Myanmar is November to February because all the rains are gone, temperature gets cool and the sky gets clear bright blue. So, it is the best time to visit Myanmar.
(1) The rainy season (mid-May to mid-October) might be the most convenient time to visit here although Yangon and Inle Lake rain heavily but the total expense might be low because of the low season. And luckily, it’s still enjoyable because Mandalay and Bagan lies in dry zones where it barely rain.
( 2 ) The winter season in here starting from mid-October to the end of February is the best season to visit Myanmar. Some tour destinations like Kalaw, Inle Lake ,Loikaw, Chin Hill, Northern Shan State Lashio and Kyaing Tong ( Eastern Shan State) has a cool temperature range (5-10*C).So some warm clothes are kindly suggested when tour around these area.
( 3 ) The hot season ( Summer ) is from mid-February to mid-May with an average temperature of 30-35 C. Although it’s a bit hot, our tour packages designed as your comfort like visiting in the morning and in evening.
2). What is the process of Myanmar Tourist visa application? Is it possible to get visa online?
Every nationality need entry visa to come to Myanmar.
Myanmar entry Visa is required in advance. A tourist visa for Myanmar can be granted from any Myanmar Embassy or diplomatic missions abroad.
Tourists who will be traveling around Myanmar on a package Tour should present a copy of their confirmation of travel arrangements when applying for the visa.
Two application forms and three passports size photos are needed. Visa fee is about 30 US$ payable in local currency. The Myanmar government reserves the right to change visa regulations at short notice. So, kindly request to contact Amazing Oriental Travel for the latest visa information to Myanmar.
At the moment, online visa to Myanmar is now available while the visa on arrival procedure for Tourist has been suspended.
For the Online Visa information, please visit
3). Can I use my credit card or ATM in Myanmar ?
Major Credit Card- VISA, MASTER, JCB and UNION PAY usage is available in Myanmar.
Use of VISA card and Master Card are now accepted in Banks, major airports, hotels ,restaurants and some retails outlets-shopping mall .
ATM cards now could use in almost everywhere especially in major city.
4). How do you charge the cancellation fees?
We, Amazing Oriental Travel is very flexible about cancellation policy on all bookings till last minute. But in Myanmar, the cancellation policy of most hotels are as below-
Before 45 days prior to the arrival –No charge
Before 30 days prior to the arrival –50 % of full payment will charge
Less than 30 days- 75% of full payment will charge
Less than 14 days- 100% of full payment will charge
So, the action of cancellation charges will occur according to the hotel cancellation policy.
DOMESTIC TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION WHEN VISIT AROUND MYANMAR
5). How do you care for transportation service during the tour in Myanmar?
Domestic air services in Burma (Myanmar) have greatly improved over the recent years. The clients of Amazing Oriental Travel will travel by reliable Air Mandalay or Air KBZ or Asian wings or Myanma National Airlines or Golden Myanmar Airlines or APEX Airlines or Yangon Airways or Mann Yadanabon Airlines or Air Bagan with ATR-flights and by air-con vehicles. Baggage allowance on Burma (Myanmar) domestic flights is limited to 20 kg. Excess luggage can be left in Yangon hotels for collection on return after traveling about. In remote areas, air-conditioned cars or buses may not always be available and travelers should be advised that the conditions of roads in Myanmar are not the same. Due to poor road conditions, long distance overland travel generally takes longer than the travelers might expect, averaging only 45 to 50 kilometers per hour.
HOW WE MAKE YOUR TRAVEL ITINERARY
6). Is it possible for you to arrange a very comprehensive program because we want to see the nature, history and people and their life style in Myanmar?
We, Amazing Oriental Travels can arrange for all kind of tour program according to the customer’s request. As Myanmar is rich in natural beauty, different cultures, interesting history and different ethnic groups, we arrange for the visitors to Myanmar to see and feel all those experiences during visit.
HOTELS IN MYANMAR
7). What is the quality of Hotels in Myanmar?
According to the rapid thrives of tourism industry in Myanmar, the hotels’ accommodations standards in Burma now vary widely especially in quality and availability. New and refurbished hotels meeting international standards are available in most destinations like Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake, Kyaing Tong, Naypyidaw ,Kalaw ,Prome, Mawlamyaing , Hpa An, Putao ,Ngapali Beach, Ngwe Saung Beach, and Chaung Thar Beach. Only very basic and simple hotels are available in the remote areas.
8). Is Myanmar a good shopping place? What are the best to buy?
Myanmar arts and crafts, mostly hand-made, are lovingly souvenirs. Lacquer ware, woodcarvings, tapestries, silverware, brassware, silk and cotton fabrics, and shoulder bags are some of the popular items. For jewelry, there are Burmese rubies, sapphires, jade and pearls available at Myanmar gems shops. All gems and jewelry purchased should be made through the government licensed dealers, who can give a voucher for export.
Bargaining is essential for obtaining reasonable prices. Possible price reductions of up to 70% are not uncommon.
9). Is there any compulsory vaccinations for travel to Myanmar?
There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Myanmar but it is advisable to take precautions against malaria. Prescription drugs are not widely available in the remote areas of Myanmar so travelers should bring any required medication with them.
Insect repellents are highly recommended, especially when traveling to remote areas in conjunction with other measures to prevent mosquito bites. The sun can be remarkably hot so a hat and sunscreen is advisable.
MYANMAR POST AND TELECOMMUNICATION
10). Can I use my mobile phone in Myanmar ?
Recently, Myanmar Telecommunication improved with allowing International Roaming. So, you are able to use your phone for both incoming and outgoing calls. Moreover, there are plenty of GSM SIM card (MPT, OOREDOO and TELENOR) which you can purchase in everywhere.
11 ). Can I bring along my Laptop?
Laptops can be brought in freely for the traveler’s own use.
12). Can I buy travel insurance in Myanmar?
Amazing Oriental Travels strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance in your own country with a reputable insurance company who has agent in Myanmar. It is a must.
The insurance which is reliable commercially for vehicles are available in Myanmar only at world-chain hotels and international organization. But most of the vehicles we used are of local private own and they insured their property according to the local regulation only and not reliable for commercial use.
13). Do we have to declare everything at the airport custom?
All items of jewelry, cameras and foreign currency in excess of USD 2,000, must be declared upon arrival and on the currency declaration forms. Travelers should have completed these forms during the flight to Yangon and should submit them upon arrival.
Recent of purchase and an export permit voucher for locally bought goods such as gems and jewelry may required upon on departure.
Export of Buddha images, gemstones and antiques without an official receipt is strongly prohibited.
MYANMAR LIVELY BEACH
14). We want to spend some days on a lively beach ( we do not want quite and isolated beach ) ,pls recommend one.
Besides of Ngapali, you could go to the Ngwesaung beaches which is about 5 hours drive from Yangon. Its always very lively and active with its local crowd and different kind of restaurants and beer pubs (we call beer station in Myanmar ).
BURMA STANDARD TIME
a). Myanmar Standard Time
GMT + 6 1/2 hours
ELECTRICITY IN MYANMAR
b). Electricity in Myanmar
220 VOLT 50 HZ
A flashlight is helpful when traveling up country where electricity is poor.
c). Business hour.
Government offices open from 09:30 to 16:30 on weekdays. Banking hours are from 10:00 to 15:00. Private companies work daily except Sunday and gazette holidays. Shopping centers and super markets open daily. But the most famous Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) market closes on Monday and gazette holidays. Busy hours at this place are from 10:00 am to 17:00 pm.
d). Tipping in Myanmar
Tipping in Myanmar is depending on how well you think they have been at your service.
Some examples are
1.Porter at Air port
2.Porter at Hotels
4.Your tour guide
e). What to wear?
Light clothing is required all year-round, but a sweater or jacket may be needed when traveling in hilly areas, especially during winter months. If visiting during the rainy season (May – September), an umbrella or raincoat will be required for the days in Inle lake and Yangon. It is required to dress decently within the precincts of religious buildings. Myanmar is a very devoted Buddhist country. Visitors are requested to dress appropriately when visiting pagodas, temples, monasteries, religious buildings as well as in open public areas. Shoes and socks must always be removed before entering temples, pagodas and monaseries. Shoes and socks must be removed at pagodas and monasteries so it is advisable to bring a pair of slippers.
f). What to avoid?
Travelers are advised to keep away from touts who may approach them to exchange foreign currency or to sell gems of dubious quality. Travelers are also advised not to drink tap water. Purified bottled water is available everywhere in Myanmar. Taking photograph of military camps and soldiers are to be avoided.
g). Border crossing opens between Myanmar and Thailand
Border crossing between ‘Myanmar’ and ‘Thailand’ at four check points : Tachileik – Mae Sai , Myawaddy – Mae Saot , Kawthaung – Ranong and Htee Khee – Nan PhuRau has opened for foreigners as well as for Myanmar nationalities with effected from 28th Aug 2013. This reliefs the former formalities of applying permission as it is no more require to apply it in advance. For foreigners who want to come to Myanmar by border cross should already obtain Myanmar visa.