Travellers Tips

How to reach to Myanmar

International Flights To Myanmar Yangon International Airport (Mingalardon Airport) is the main International Airports in Myanmar. Yangon has direct air links with Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Calcutta, Chiang Mai, Taipei, Kunming, Guangzhou, Siem Reap and Hanoi.

By Overland: Overland entry with a Border Pass is permitted at the following Border Check Points: Tachileik and Kawthaung on the Myanmar-Thai border and Muse on the Myanmar-Yunnan (China) border.

Immigration and Customs Formalities

Foreigner and non-resident can bring into Myanmar any foreign currency not in excess of US $ 2,000 , or its equivalent without making a declaration to the Customs on arrival.

All foreign currencies, jewellery, electrical goods and cameras must be declared to the Customs at the airport.

Exports of antique and archaeologically valuable items are prohibited. Only gems, jewellery and silverware purchased at the authorized shops are allowed to be taken out.

Health

No vaccinations are officially required for a visit to Myanmar, but malaria prophylaxis is recommended.

What to wear

  • Light, casual cotton wear because of hot weather (March to May)
  • A cardigan or light jerkin, when visiting northern Myanmar in the cold season (October to February)
  • An umbrella during the rainy season (June to September)
  • Sandals or slippers
  • Quick drying clothes are recommended if you visit during the rainy season or Thingyan ( Wster Festival)
  • The dress code for pagodas and monasteries prescribe decent apparel, no footwear is allowed when visiting pagodas and monasteries.

What to bring

  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block, sunglasses, hat, umbrella
  • Personal medical kit

Customs

Visitors may bring in any amount of foreign currency but it must be declared to the Customs if it exceeds US$ 2,000. Jewelry, electrical goods and cameras must be declared at the port of entry. Export of antiques and archeologically valuable objects are prohibited.

Currency

The currency is kyat pronounced (chat) and is divided into 100 pyas. At present, the following kyat bank notes are in general use: K 1, K 5, K 10, K 20, K 50, K 100, K 200, K 500, K 1000 and K 5000.

Hotels

Only major hotels will accept credit cards or travelers' chaques. Most commercial transactions are done in cash, so bring cash to avoid any disappointments. Also US dollars are easier of exchange than other currencies. Cash can be withdrawn from credit card accounts of Visa or American Express, but this service is available only in Yangon.

Food and Drinks

The basic Myanmar Food is mainly rice and curry. Mohinga, rice noodles with fish gravy, Ohn-No-Khaukswe, noodles with chicken in coconut milk, are popular Myanmar dishes for breakfast and snack meals. Myanmar seafood-Crabs, prawns, lobsters and other shellfish are among the popular dishes available at most Myanmar and Chinese restaurants in Yangon and in other parts of the country. Other Asian foods include Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean and Singapore-style. European food is served mostly at the hotels and there are a couple of restaurants in Yangon serving Italian food.

Myanmar is a country of teashops and there are several fast food centres and snack bars in all destinations.

Myanmar has a variety of vegetables and fruits, both tropical and citrus all year round or seasonally. The most common ones are avocado, banana, durian, jackfruit, grapefruit, grapes, mango, mangosteen, orange, papaya, pomelo, pineapple, watermelon and Washington navel.