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Myanmar Travel Map

  Country Facts & Airport Codes for Myanmar

 Best Time to Visit Myanmar

  Top 10 Things to Do in Myanmar

  The Covid-19 & Visa Policy in Myanmar

 Myanmar Travel FAQ

  Destinations & Attractions in Myanmar

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Country Facts & Airport Codes for Myanmar

Capital City:                    Naypyidaw
Religion:                        Buddhism
Currency:                       Kyat
International Dial Code:   +95

Yangon international airport (RGN) in Yangon is the primary gateway to Myanmar.

These flight times are to/from Yangon:   Ho Chi Minh City/ Hanoi, Vietnam:   2hrs 15min flight
                                                            Bangkok, Thailand:                        1hr 20min flight
                                                            Chiang Mai, Thailand:                     1hr 20min flight
                                                           Phnom Penh, Cambodia:                 2hrs flight
                                                           Singapore:                                    3hrs flight

Best Time to Visit Myanmar

There are two distinct seasons in Myanmar: the dry and wet seasons. Temperatures vary within each season, with the hottest months from March to June.
  The dry season lasts from October to April
  The wet season lasts from May to early October
The best time to visit Myanmar is the dry season from October to April when the weather is cool and dry, with temperatures ranging from 25-30 degrees C and the rainfall is minimal. 

Myanmar weather

Myanmar weather

The Current Covid-19 & Visa Policy in Myanmar

The Covid-19 updates in Myanmar 
•  Incoming travelers need to present evidence on the arrival of a COVID-19 (PCR) test completed within 72 hours prior to the date of departure.
•  Fully vaccinated travelers (with a Myanmar-approved vaccine) need to complete 10 days of hotel quarantine on arrival. All non-vaccinated travelers need to complete 14 days of hotel quarantine on arrival.
 All travelers must undergo COVID-19 testing at the direction of the Ministry of Health and Sports.
Travelers who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 3 months prior to entry into Myanmar and can present appropriate evidence of a COVID-19 positive result to the Ministry of Health and Sports will be subject to reduced quarantine requirements.
•  Travelers should confirm details directly with the Ministry of Health and Sports as quarantine protocols are subject to change at short notice.
•  Incoming travelers identified as COVID-19-positive will be immediately isolated and a transferred to government medical facility. Travelers may need to meet all of the costs of isolation and treatment at the facility.
Covid-19 travel updates may change, so please check prior to travel. Currently, above are the guidelines to follow.

Visa Policy in Myanmar
To begin, your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Myanmar and contain at least one blank visa page.

Visa Exemption for Myanmar
•  With a passport from the countries below, you can travel to Myanmar without a visa for up to 30 days.
14 Days for Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar:
30 Days for Singapore
•  The length of stay for a tourist visa in Myanmar is 28 days from the date of arrival.

Visa Processing Fees
•  Tourist Visa (Online) US$ 50.00:  28 days Online
•  Tourist Visa Express (Online) US$ 56.00:  28 days Online
•   Business Visa (Online) US$ 70.00:  70 days Online
Don’t apply for your visa too soon or too late, as it can take up to two weeks to be processed.

E-Visa for Myanmar
•  Tourist e-visas are available to passport holders from over 100 countries.
•  Passengers with an e-visa can enter the country only through three main ports: Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw International Airport.

Check for the link to do a Tourist Visa/E-Visa for Myanmar if your nationality is not an exemption visa.

Top 10 Things to Do in Myanmar

1. Visit the archaeological city of Bagan “Angkor Wat” of Myanmar

Bagan is a city in the central region of Myanmar. Bagan was the capital of the Pagan kingdom that ruled this region from the ninth to the thirteenth centuries. During the heyday of the Kingdom of Pagan, over four thousand pagodas, temples, and monasteries were built here between the 11th and late 13th centuries.

Exploring Bagan ancient city by the hot air balloon

Exploring Bagan ancient city by the hot air balloon

You are free to visit the approximately 2,220 Buddhist temples that remain in Bagan today (out of approximately 13,000 temples during the peak period). The Bagan temples are close together, so you can choose your mode of transportation based on the weather, such as walking, cycling, buses, tuk-tuks, or balloons. Bagan is now known as a “city of archeology” Bagan, like Angkor Wat in Cambodia, is a popular tourist destination in Myanmar.

2. Stroll through Yangon’s streets

Visitors will discover many interesting surprises while strolling through the streets of Yangon, a city of many mysterious colors.

Strolling around the streets of Yangon

Strolling around the streets of Yangon

Walking not only allows visitors to stop whenever they want, but it is also a great way to explore the locals’ rich culinary streets. The streets of Yangon are always bustling with people, regardless of the weather, and your journey of experiencing Yangon will begin when you simply walk out of your hotel door and enjoy yourself in the streets here.

3. Try Thanakha make-up powder “national cosmetics” of Myanmar

Those who have visited Myanmar will always mention the brilliant golden pagoda and a friendly smile, as well as the shining faces of Myanmar people with Thanakha streaks.

Myanmar girl is painting Thanakha pattern

Myanmar girl is painting Thanakha pattern

It is unknown when this “cosmetics” was invented; all that is known is that faces with Thanakha smiles have become iconic images of Myanmar people around the world. Every visitor who comes here is drawn in by Thanakha’s smile and wants to try this type of face powder.

4. Must see Shwedagon Pagoda, the pride of Buddhism’s sacred land 

Myanmar has long been regarded as a sacred Buddhist land, thanks to its gilded temples. This symbol has become a source of pride for Myanmar’s people, and Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the must-see temples.

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon city, Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon City, Myanmar

The Shwedagon Pagoda, which was built over 2,500 years ago, is said to house the Buddha’s eight hairs. The main tower of the temple is 98 meters tall and covered in more than 30 tons of gold and hundreds of diamonds. At any time of the day, the golden color of the Shwedagon Pagoda will take your breath away. The color, on the other hand, changes according to different levels at different times, creating an irresistible allure for visitors.
Open daily from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.

5. See the sunset on U Bein Bridge 

The U Bein Bridge in Amarapura’s old village is the world’s longest teak bridge (1.2 km long). The nearly 200-year-old wooden bridge crossing the river is the way home for Amarapura’s villagers, as well as the pilgrimage route for monks dressed in long robes… The sunset over the U Bein Bridge is brilliant and impressive, and visitors who have witnessed it will remember it for the rest of their lives.

U Bein Bridge in Myanmar

U Bein Bridge in Myanmar

U Bein Bridge connects the two banks of the Taungthamna River and is a popular spot for locals and Buddhists to watch the sunset. CNNGo, a tourist-focused website, named this wooden bridge one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

6. Visit Mrauk U, a legendary and foggy land 

Mrauk U ancient city is Myanmar’s second-largest temple complex. At this point, you will notice brick temples built in the fifteenth century nestled in the hills and small villages. You will feel as if you are in a mythical land because the entire city is covered in haze in the morning. You can also visit the riverside villages for a more adventurous feel.

Stand on Shwetaung Paya Hill for a Sunrise View of Mrauk U, a Legendary and Foggy Land

Stand on Shwetaung Paya Hill for a Sunrise View of Mrauk U, a Legendary and Foggy Land

7. Relax at Ngapali, the most beautiful tropical beach in Bengal 

Myanmar’s most popular beach is Ngapali. With white-sand beaches and lovely cottages and hotels, this beach is regarded as the most beautiful tropical beach in the Bay of Bengal.

Swimming at Ngapali, the most beautiful tropical beach in the Bay of Bengal

Swimming at Ngapali, the most beautiful tropical beach in the Bay of Bengal

Ngapali Beach is ideal for visitors with a romantic soul looking for pristine beauty and tranquility. Ngapali Beach is Myanmar’s most famous beach, with unspoiled natural beauty, sparkling white sand in brilliant sunshine, and winding green coconut lines. Aside from swimming, walking, and exploring the natural landscapes around them, guests can go on excursions such as visiting small fishing villages and the local market or exploring the countryside on a small bike.

8. Discover the local markets in Yangon 

There is no better way for tourists to immerse themselves in local life than to go on a culinary adventure through the local bazaars. Exploring Yangon’s vibrant bazaars will provide you with even more thrilling experiences.

the Local Markets in Yangon

The Local Markets in Yangon

Aside from the well-known Bogyke Market, Yangon’s largest market, there are numerous other interesting markets, particularly those located directly on the sidewalk. At these street markets, a wide variety of food is available, including meat, fish, eggs, cheese, and Thanaka cream, a sunscreen cream that locals frequently apply to their faces.

9. Travel by local train in Myanmar 

The train is a popular mode of public transportation in Myanmar, and Yangon has a railway that circles the city and was built by the British and reopened in 1954. Trains on this railway line only run on the 50km long route, stopping at all 39 stops, and the journey will take approximately 3 hours.

Traveling by the local train in Myanmar

Traveling by the local train in Myanmar

Due to Myanmar’s long-standing and outdated rail system, you may feel uncomfortable, time-consuming, and even late. While traveling by train in Myanmar, you will have the opportunity to meet locals such as monks and women selling various items, as well as feel the rhythm of the locals’ daily lives.

10. Enjoy the cuisine in Yangon’s China Town

The food section of Yangon’s China Town is always busy with customers and tourists, and it is open 24 hours a day. You can eat Myanmar-style snacks like pies, coconut cake with quail eggs, Shan noodles, and so on in this area, or savor tropical fruits such as watermelon, durian, and mangosteen, to name a few.

Enjoying the local food in Yangon's China Town

Enjoying the local food in Yangon’s China Town

Yangon’s Chinatown is also a shopping paradise, with a diverse selection of goods such as clothing, electronics, souvenirs, antiques, and musical instruments.

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Public Holiday in Myanmar

Jan. 2nd Kayin New Year’s Day
Jan. 4th Independence Day
Feb.12th Union Day
Mar. 2nd Peasants’ Day 
Mar. 16th Full Moon Day of Tabaung 
Mar. 27th Armed Forces Day
Apr. 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th Thingyan Festival
May 1st World Worker’s Day 
May 14th Full Moon Day of Kason 
July 12th Full Moon Day of Waso (Beginning of Buddhist Lent)
July 19th Martyr’s Day 
Oct. 8th, 9th, 10th Full Moon Day of Thadingyut (End of Buddhist Lent) 
Nov. 6th, 7th Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone
Nov. 17th National Day 
Dec. 22nd Kayin New Year’s Day
Dec. 25th Christmas Day
Note: If the Public Holiday is on Saturday or Sunday, it will not replace another working day.

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