Wear cotton clothes and light outfits are good for the summer.
You may need the Monsoon waterproof hiking when you are on tour in northern Myanmar. The winter is not cold as you think. But you should get a sweater or jacket for the upper part of Myanmar. In temples and pagoda, ladies can wear formal clothes such as long trousers, skirts and short sleeves, long sleeve shirts (not mentioned on sleeve) to the pagodas and temples. They should not wear short skirts above knees. Sandals or slippers are convenient as everybody must take off the shoes and socks or stockings to go up and enter to the temples and pagodas (especially in the religious compounds).
FOOD & DRINKS
Myanmar food is mainly rice and curry. Monhinga (rice noodles soup with fish, including pepper, onion and banana stem), Ohn-No-Khaukswe (noodles with chicken and coconut soup) and salads (pasta & spaghetti) are the main food Breakfast for Myanmar people. There are lots of restaurants and snack bars throughout the country. A meal can cost about 5000 Ks and above for tourists. A bottle of one liter of mineral water may cost 400 Ks and above. A cup of coffee can cost around 300Ks and above. It depends on the restaurant and snack bar you choose.
Boiled or purified water is very suitable for visitors. Drinking tap water is not recommended.
Our country has now the office hour from 9:00 to 04:00 Monday to Friday. Banks are a little ‘different, their office hour is from 9:30 to 2:30 pm weekdays. But companies run from 09:00 to 05:00. Shops and shopping centers are open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 pm every day, including holidays.
PHONE & E-MAIL
The mobile telecommunications service providers in Myanmar have roaming agreements with some foreign countries. You can make calls to any other country by using local SIM; it costs $ 2 for SIM and you have to top up the amount of money to make a call. The price could be 1 $ per minute to Europe. Moreover, Free Wi-Fi services are available in every Hotel all over the country.
PASSPORT AND VISA
A valid passport with entry visa is required of all visitors. A tourist visa allows a stay of 28 days, extendable for further 14 days. A business visa allows a stay of 28 days, extendable to 12 months in a case by case basis. For every tourist, Visa-On-Arrival from all countries is accepted upon your requests. But it is better to take visa from your native country in advance.
CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATE
Currency used in Myanmar is called Kyat (abbreviated as Ks), one kyat is made up of 100 Pyas. Currency notes come in Ks 10000, Ks 5000, Ks 1000, Ks 500, Ks 200, Ks 100, and Ks 50.
The change of traveler’s checks is very difficult. Credit cards of VISA and MASTER are accepted in two major cities (Yangon, Mandalay) in Myanmar. But in this case the charge of commissions will be also high because you have to pay 5 $ for every 100 $ as a service charge for the bank. So we suggest you to bring enough US Dollars for your trip.
The Exchange rate of one dollar U.S. $ is equal to 1100 Ks (1 – 6 -2015) at the time of writing. The price is not stable and becomes two times a day before noon and after noon. You should bring new US$ 100 bills which must be clean because there is no international bank and it is totally difficult to use a torn note and ink stain ones. And some notes with CD numbers are not acceptable in Myanmar.
Myanmar people are fond of bargaining. Myanmar’s ruby, sapphire, jade and pearl are very famous among Asian countries. The best Myanmar arts and crafts souvenirs: such as Lacquer-ware, brassware, silverware, wood cravings, tapestries, silk and cotton fabric are handmade products.
Antiques and archeological are restricted to export. Tourists should buy art and handicrafts from the registered souvenir shops and you are advised to ask the official certificate form the shop in case for the custom duty.
GIFT AND TIP
The people of Myanmar are genuinely happy to help foreigners without expecting anything in return. But if your guide or driver or any person such as waiters and waitress (during the trip) are available particular state or kind, a gift or a tip (USD $ 5 per day for a driver and USD $ 10 per day for tourist guide) is considered a generous gesture and much appreciated. There is no exact limit but it depends on the satisfaction of their services. Portage fees at airports are 500 Ks per bag. Pens, pencils and writing books are useful gifts for students from primary school in remote areas. We recommend the gifts for old ages to bring some medicine (with the help of your tour guide you can also buy it in the local markets).
There are several hospitals and private clinics in Yangon and Mandalay. Many internationally qualified medical experts from abroad visit Yangon and Mandalay to take care of medical and surgical cases together with local surgeons and physicians. Some of the hospitals and clinics are under the management of Ministry of Health and the rest are operated by private companies.
***** There is Myanmar International SOS Ltd for medical or travel security assistance at Inya Lake Hotel in Yangon. Ph- 01243639, 019662866.
Pun Hlaing Siloam International Hospital is the first international standard private hospital in Yangon. It is operated by FMI Group. The hospital stands on the bank of Pun Hlaing River in Hlaing Tharyar Township in Yangon. Ph- 01684323, 01684325, 01684336.
HEALTH & INSURANCE
You should bring some medicine in case it is necessary. Bringing a little ‘suntan lotion, apply some skin for your message tired. The guides can give you much useful information for your health, if you have any problem for your health. Mosquito repellents and sunscreens are a must. Do not forget to bring your medicines that you may utilize home emergency, such as antibiotics or other. (Malaria occurs only in some mountainous regions about 2000 m above sea level, so the vaccine of it is needed only when you want to go to these regions.)
Don’t forget to bring your travel insurance covering you in case of unexpected accident or illness during your trip.