Myanmar is like no other place on earth. Renowned as “The Golden Land” a name inspired by Marco Polo to describe the dramatic view of the gold-spired pagodas that can be found throughout the country. Myanmar, is a spectacular destination for historical and cultural travelers.
All tourists are required to have a visa. You can apply here in Hong Kong or we can apply on your behalf. Requirements to submit: One photo, application form, original passport and name card (Except for non-worker) and takes around 3 working days to apply. For further information, you may consult the Embassy in Hong Kong at
(852) 28450810 or the embassy in your country
There are 4 nationalities CAMBODIA, LAOS, PHILIPPINES and VIETNAM can visit Myanmar visa exempted for 14 days
Note: Please ensure your passport has at least 6 months validity before the departure
From 1 September 2014 on, tourists from 43 countries are eligible to apply for a tourist visa to Myanmar online.
It requires 3-5 working days with Visa Fee of USD50.00 per person
Note: For travelers departing from Hongkong, you may choose to apply the visa in Hongkong at Myanmar Embassy or apply online.
2. CURRENCY The currency in Myanmar is “KYATS”, travelers must use the local currency for your expenditure during your travel in Myanmar., other currencies are no longer accepted.
Travelling cheques – not recommended for traveling to Myanmar. Very complicated and time consuming to cash in Myanmar. The original receipt of purchase of the travel cheque is required as proof before cheque will be accepted.
Now there are ATM machines at the banks and that can withdraw CASH using Master or Visa card, however it may not work sometime due to internet connection.
3. MONEY CHANGING The currency - 'kyat" (pronounced "chat") is the official money. Local guides are not moneychangers. However, they will be happy to take you to the official changing shops for current rate.
Effective immediately, please be kindly advised that all business in Myanmar are no longer permitted to accept or trade in USD (or any other foreign currency). Visitors to Myanmar can only use, the local currency - Myanmar Kyat (MMK), for all purchases in the country and can only exchange their foreign currency at an official currency exchange center, which are located at airports and locations around the city center. Hotels and other non-official business are no longer able to provide an exchange service for their guests.
4. CREDIT CARDS - Credit card payment accepted by some shops & hotels with service fee
Note: Note all shops or hotels would accept credit cards
We still recommended to bring some US dollars cash with you for this trip.
Bring small denominations so you are not forced to change US$100 notes if you only need a small amount. You don't want to spend your valuable travel time at a bank, it takes too much time to clear the transaction. Also banks are always closed on Sat., Sun & all public holidays. Furthermore, please note that old (old issue), torn, crumpled or stained US Dollar notes will not be accepted in the country.
5. TRAVEL INFORMATION
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
6. TIPPING 800 -1000 kyats are a good tip for someone helping to carry your bags or getting you a taxi, etc. Burmese 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 were especially kind or helpful a gratuity would be a generous gesture and greatly appreciated. Magazines, books that you have read are always a welcomed gift for your guide. Suggested tips to local guide USD6.00 per person per day and USD4.00 per day to local driver or boatman if you are traveling in small group. Gratuities to your guide and driver are at your own discretion
7. TIME ZONES
Local time is GMT +6.5 hours. One and half hours behind Hongkong time.
8. HAND PHONES / TELECOMMINICATIONS / INTERNET SERVICE
Cell phone / Mobile phones are covered at most of the cities in Myanmar.
(Ask your telephone provider for International roaming service)
IDD long distance telephone and fax charges are very expensive from Myanmar. Internet / wifi service provided at most of the leading hotels in Myanmar, some are free and some with charges.
Note: The network in Myanmar may not be stable sometimes the connection is weak especially at rural area.
9. POWER & ELECTRICITY
Our recommended hotels in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan offer 24 hour power (with a generator if needed). In other more isolated areas like the Shan Hills - Kalaw, Pindaya, Taunggyi, Nyaung Shwe and Inle Lake or in Kyaingtung - generated power will operate until about 10 p.m. in the evening only. Most hotel rooms have screens and mosquito nets. Most of the year the nighttime air in Inle area is quite cool. The voltage in Myanmar is 220/230 Volts AC. Temporary power cuts and voltage fluctuation can damage electrical equipment such as lap top computers. Please travel with the required protection for your equipment.
Sockets: 2 legs round or flat or 3 legs can be found at hotels in Myanmar. Suggested to bring an adapter with you.
10. TRAVEL INSURANCE
It's absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other unexpected incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.
Take the travel insurance that meets your needs and understand its coverage.
Myanmar has three different seasons. The cooler season (winter) is from October to February with average temperatures between 20-24 'C, and this is the best time to visit Myanmar. The hot season (summer) is from March to May with average temperatures between 30-35 'C. The wet season occurs from June to September with average temperatures of between 25-30'C .Yangon normally receives early morning and afternoon showers while rainfall in Bagan and Mandalay is very low. Thandwe, Ngapali Beach is also not raining the whole day and get often sunny. The weather around Inle Lake and Shan State is pleasant year round, but cold at night from December to February.
For update weather information please visit: http://www.weatherzone.com.au/world/asia/myanmar Or http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/48097.html
12. CLOTHING (What to wear) Walking shorts, short skirts or revealing clothing are not appropriate especially when visiting temples, religious sites, festivals and villages. Myanmar is a conservative Buddhist culture and improper dress can be offensive. Please dress with respect for the local culture. Myanmar is not Thailand. Lightweight, easy to care clothes of cotton and cool fabrics are ideal all year round. A sweater or jacket may be required in the cool season when visiting upcountry. December through February can be quite cold at night in the Shan Hills and Inle Lake areas and no heating in the rooms.
13. WHAT TO BRING sun hat, sun glasses, sun protection for your face and body, and a small fold up umbrella for rain or shine. An antibiotic cream for minor cuts and scratches, a small flashlight, batteries for your camera, extra passport photos, decaffeinated coffee (if you require) and camera film. Clothing - Inle Lake, Pindaya, Kalaw areas are very cold in the winter months at night so please bring warm socks & something warm to sleep in. There is no heating in the rooms at the area. If you are staying on the lake it will be windy so a windbreaker would be handy!
Note: Socks and shoes must be removed before entering monasteries and sacred places, easy to remove shoes are recommended. Suggested to carry a small plastic bag to put the shoes inside and carry them along! Insect Repellent is useful especially at night. Wear it all day long especially around your ankles and ears to have protection! Also a sun hat and SPF cream during the day needed.
14. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS
Before your flight arrives in Yangon, you will be given a simple arrival form and customs declaration. After clearing immigration get a trolley and wait for your bags to come out. It is a good idea to list all your valuable watches, jewelry, camera and electronic gadgets. In case you loose any of these items during your stay you would not be able to receive a police report (for your insurance purposes) if these items were not declared on your form. All bags go through a x-ray machine before so you will see big white chalk "X" on bags, which need opening.
Receipt of purchase and export permit voucher for locally bought items such as gems and gold may be required upon departure. Again at departure your bags are x-rayed. Certain items such as Buddha statues may need special approval before. Otherwise the procedure is fast and simple!
More restricted items which may not be listed in the declare form but prohibited to bring into the country
1. Counterfeit coins and currencies
2. Pornographic articles
3. Piece goods without stamped measurement
4. Goods having counterfeit trade mark
5. All kinds of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances (anti-depressants)
6. Playing cards
7. Goods bearing the imprint or reproduction of the flag of the Union of Myanmar
8. Goods bearing the emblem of Buddha and pagodas of Myanmar
9. Remote controlled devices, including drones, are prohibited and will be confiscated on arrival. Children’s toys such as remote controlled cars also fall into this category.
Every tourist can bring maximum to USD10,000.00 ( or equivalent ) into the country without declaring it to the customs.
Myanmar is a Buddhism country. The Burmese have a high regard for religious customs and traditions. When entering the grounds of a pagoda or monastery it is important to remove all footwear (including socks and stockings).
16. LUGGAGES on Domestic flights in Myanmar
Baggage allowance will be same as international flights at 20KG per person, space on board for hand luggage is very limited, so only hand bag or a small bag allowed on board.
17. YOUR TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within Myanmar are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flights schedule change, traffic condition etc……. Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
No inoculations or vaccinations are required unless coming from or passing through an infected area. Follow your doctor's advice regarding preventive vaccinations, which he may recommend. Many travelers always take a course of malaria pills when traveling to Southeast Asia.
19. Restaurant Recommended in BAGAN – SANON
Recommended to dine at ”Sanon restaurant” in Bagan, located in a renovated former beer station provided good food with nice environment. As per Tree Alliance – the TREE restaurants are based upon a highly successful model of social business which provided not only positive beneficiary impact but also customer satisfaction and enhanced sustainability for the organization. All profits from TREE restaurants are invested on providing training and the social programs to support the former street children or other marginalized young people to becoming a skillful, productive and happy young person with a better future.
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
Hong Kong OTA raised the Travel Alert for Myanmar to “AMBER” on 11 June 2012
Residents intending to visit the country or are already there should monitor the situation, exercise caution, attend to personal safety and avoid protests and large gatherings of people.
If you would like to know more about the outbound Travel alert please explore the website:
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account, you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register. http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/outsidehk/roti.htm
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