Any passengers departing Myanmar on international flights will need to pay a departure tax at the prevailing rate. As of March 2002 the fee is US$ 10.00 per person.


Myanmar has three seasons. *Cool Season - October through February with average temperatures 20-24 C *Hot Season - March through May with average temperatures 30-35 C *Wet Season - June through September with average temperatures 25-30 C The ideal time to visit Myanmar is during the cool season. However, even during the wet season, Yangon normally receives morning and afternoon showers while rainfall in Bagan and Mandalay is very low. The weather around Inle Lake and in Shan State is quite pleasant all year round but cold at night from December to February.


Major hotels, airlines and some international shops and restaurants usually accept credit cards. Master Card is not currently accepted in Myanmar. Some establishments may require a minimum purchase amount and may also charge a service fee for credit card use. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and all public holidays.


We recommend visitors bring US Dollars cash only - small denomination notes are preferable. US Dollars are easily exchangeable for Foreign Exchange Certificates (FEC's) at authorized money changers throughout the country. Other foreign currencies such as euros, Japanese Yen, and pounds sterling can only be exchanged into FEC's at the Currency Exchange Counter inside Immigration at Yangon International Airport on arrival. Authorized money changers throughout Myanmar will usually only accept US Dollars. They will also exchange your FEC's into the local Myanmar currency "kyat" ( pronounced "CHAT") US Dollars or FECs can be easily used for payment of purchases throughout the country. One FEC = I USD.


Air Mandalay and Yangon Airways are privately operated airlines flying throughout Myanmar. There is a 20 Kilo limit for baggage per person and excess baggage fees may be charged. We suggest you leave items not needed upcountry in Yangon and collect them upon your return.


Only drink purified bottle water. Bottled water is readily available and some hotels provide complimentary. Carry a bottle with you throughout the day.


Two bottles of liquor, two cartons of cigarettes or 100 cigars and half litre of perfume are allowed per person. Yangon Airport arrival hall has a selection of duty free shops with a full range of items at a good price.



 - Shwedagon Pagoda
 - National Museum
 - People's Park
 - Gem Museum


 - Ngar Htut Kyi Pagoda
 - Bogyoke Aung San Museum
 - Yangon Zoo



 - Shwethalyaung Reclining
 - Shwemawdaw Pagoda



 - Kanbawzathadi Palace &
 - Mahazedi Pagoda



Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

 - Kyaiktiyo Pagoda




 - Museum


Bagan & Vicinity

 - Zone fee
 - Museum


 - Mt Popa
 - Salay -Youqson Kyaung


Mandalay & Vicinity

 - Mandalay Hill
 - Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda
 - Kuthotaw + Sandamuni
 - Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden
   Palace Monastery)+ Atumashi
 - Maha Muni Pagoda




 - Royal Palace
 - Mandalay Museum & Library
 - Ava & Bargaya Monastery
 - Kaungmutaw Pagoda
 - Soon U Ponya Shin Paya
   (Sagaing Hill)
 - Mingun




 - Po Win Daung Caves
 - Shwe Ba Hill
 - Thanboddyi Pagoda


Rakhine State

 - Sitwee - Rakhine State Cultural
 - Mrauk-U Zone Entrance fee




 - Zone Entrance to Lake
 - Kak Ku Temples
 - Shan Museum, Taunggyi


 - Shan Museum, Nyaung Shwe
 - Pindaya Caves



 - Kachin State Cultural Museum



Try to arrange your journey to coincide with a festival. These unique celebrations - such as the annual Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival around Inle Lake - offer a perfect chance to visit villages and join the locals as they celebrate their festivals throughout the year. Click on our FESTIVALS button for the latest events.


Myanmars are genuinely happy to help foreign visitors and don't expect anything in return. But if your guide or any other person during your trip was especially kind or helpful a gratuity would be a generous gesture and greatly appreciated.


No inoculations or vaccinations are required unless coming from or passing through an infected area. Clients should bring sufficient medication with them if required and should check for updated health recommendations before your departure to Myanmar regarding hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, etc. Please contact us if you would like detailed information on emergency health services available.


Your valuables ( jewelry, cameras, electronic equipment, etc.) should be declared on your customs declaration form upon arrival. Receipt of purchase and an export permit voucher for locally bought goods such as gems and jewelry may be required upon departure.


We recommend all clients to obtain 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.


The majority of the people speak Myanmar (Burmese) and English is widely used.


 GMT + 6.5


0700 hours on Monday

 GMT - 5


1930 hours on Sunday

 GMT 0


0030 hours on Monday

 GMT +1


0130 hours on Monday

 GMT +7


0730 hours on Monday

 GMT +8


0830 hours on Monday

 GMT +10


1030 hours on Monday


Hand Phones or Mobile Telephones from other countries currently do not operate in Myanmar. Customs will hold your telephone upon arrival and you can collect on your departure.


Throughout most Asian countries including Myanmar MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) - known locally as 'AJINOMOTO' - is still used in food preparation in some restaurants. Some travellers who may experience swollen feet, hands or headaches will more than likely have had a good amount of MSG in the food. It is always best to inform your guide when ordering if you do not wish it to be added to your food.


Our recommended hotels in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan offer 24 hour power (with a generator if needed). In other more isolated areas like Kyaingtong, the Shan Hills, Kalaw, Pindaya, Taunggyi, Nyaung Shwe and Inle Lake - generated power may not always be available. Most hotel rooms have screens and mosquito nets.


The majority of the people of Myanmar are Buddhist although Christianity, Islam and Hinduism are also practiced.


Telephones & fax facilities are available in most hotels in Yangon and Mandalay but charges are quite expensive. E mail facilities are now available at many hotels and local businesses in Yangon and Mandalay.


Travellers Cheques may be very time consuming to transact. You must bring the original purchase agreement for the travellers cheques with you as proof when cashing your cheques.


A visa is required in advance. A tourist visa for Myanmar can be obtained from any Myanmar Embassy or Consulate world-wide. See our list of Embassies and Consulates below. Travellers who plan to arrive via Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Hong Kong can sometimes obtain their tourist visas within one working day. Visas are valid for 28 days. Tourists who will be travelling to Myanmar on a Package Tour should present a copy of their confirmation of travel arrangements when applying for the visa. You will then receive a Entry Visa for Package Tourist. ( E.V.T.) Holders of this visa need not exchange US$ 200.00 to Foreign Exchange Certificates (FEC) 200.00 upon arrival at Yangon International Airport.

Please contact the nearest Myanmar Embassy for tourist visa information 



 Tel: (61-2) 6273-3811, 6273-3751

 Fax: (61-2) 6273-4357



 Tel: (880-2) 601-915, 601-461

 Fax: (880-2) 882-3740



 Tel: (55-61) 248-3747, 364-3145

 Fax: (55-61) 248-1922


 Bandar Seri Begawan

 Tel: (673-2) 450-506, 450-507

 Fax: (673-2) 451-008


 Phnom Penh

 Tel: (855-23) 213-663 / 4

 Fax: (855-23) 213-665



 Tel: (1-613) 232-6434, 232-6446

 Fax: (1-613) 232-6435



 Tel: (86-10) 6532-1584, 6532-1425

 Fax: (86-10) 6532-1344


 Hong Kong

 Tel: (852) 2827-7929, 2827-9843

 Fax: (852) 2827-6597



 Tel: (86-871) 317-6609

 Fax: (86-871) 317-6309



 Tel: (20-2) 340-4176, 341-2644, 341-3450

 Fax: (20-2) 341-6793



 Tel: (33-1) 4225-5695

 Fax: (33-1) 4256-4941



 Tel: (49-30) 2061-5710-14

 Fax: (49-30) 2064-9757


 New Delhi

 Tel: (9211) 688-9007, 688-9008

 Fax: (9211) 687-7942



 Tel: (62-21) 314-0440 , 327-684

 Fax: (62-21) 327-204


 Tel Aviv

 Tel: (972-3) 517-0760, 517-0761

 Fax: (972-3) 517-1440



 Tel: (39-6) 854-9374, 842-6863

 Fax: (39-6) 841-3167



 Tel: (81-3) 3441-9291-4, 3441- 9029

 Fax: (81-3) 3447-7394



 Tel: (82-2) 792-3341, 796-9858, 796-7814

 Fax: (82-2) 796-5570



 Tel: (856-21) 314-910, 314-911

 Fax: (856-21) 314-913



 Tel: (961-1) 485-375/76/77/78/79

 Fax: (961-1) 502-974


 Kuala Lumpur

 Tel: (60-3) 456-0280, 457-0680

 Fax: (60-3) 456-8320



 Tel: (977-1)521-788, 524-788

 Fax: (977-1) 523-402



 Tel: (31-76) 520-9054

 Fax: (31-76) 520-9270



 Tel: (92-51) 822-460, 828-818

 Fax: (92-51) 828-819



 Tel: (63-2) 817-2373, 812-9587

 Fax: (63-2) 817-5895



 Tel: (7-95) 291-0534

 Fax: (7-95) 956-3186


 Tel: (65) 735-0209, 735-1672, 735-6576

 Fax: (65) 735-6236



 Tel: (27-12) 460-6544, 460-4333

 Fax: (27-12) 346-0746



 Tel: (94-1) 697-602

 Fax: (94-1) 681-196



 Tel: (41-22) 731-7540, 731-7549

 Fax: (41-22) 738-4882



 Tel: (66-2) 223-2237, 234-4698, 233-7250

 Fax: (66-2) 236-6898



 Tel: (44-207) 629-6966, 499, 8841

 Fax: (44-207) 629-4169


 New York

 Tel: (1-212) 535-1310, 535-1311

 Fax: (1-212) 737-2421


 Washington D.C.

 Tel: (1-202) 332-9044, 332-9049

 Fax: (1-202) 332-9046



 Tel: (84-4) 845-3369, 823-2056

 Fax: (84-4) 845-2404



 Tel: (381-11) 645-420, 645-128

 Fax: (381-11) 361-
 4968/ 644-845


The voltage in Myanmar is 220-230 Volts AC. Most of the international hotels have their own generators. Other places may experience power cuts and voltage fluctuation which can damage equipment like computers. Please travel with the required protection for your electrical items.


Sun hat, sun glasses, sun protection for your face and body, prescription medicines, insect repellent and an umbrella April to October (rain or shine). An antibiotic cream for minor cuts and scratches, extra pair of prescription glasses, a small flashlight, extra passport photos, decaffeinated coffee (if you require). WHAT TO WEAR Shorts, short skirts or revealing clothing are not appropriate especially when visiting temples or any religious site. Myanmar is a conservative Buddhist culture and improper dress can be offensive. Please dress with respect for the local culture. Lightweight, easy to care clothes of cotton and cool fabrics are ideal all year round. A winter sweater or jacket and socks may be needed in the cool season when visiting up country especially around Inle Lake and Kalaw when the weather can drop to near freezing during the night. Wear sensible walking shoes which can be easily removed when required. Sandals, thongs or flip-flops (available locally) are very convenient footwear.

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