Myanmar travel guide

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*These are indicative prices and are subject to change over times*

 

WHAT ABOUT MYANMAR

 

Capital: Naypyidaw

Largest City: Yangon

Official language: Burmese

Population: Over 53 million as of 2017

Religion: Mainly Buddhism

Political system: Constitutional republic

Currency: Kyat (MKK)

Time zone: UTC+6.30

 

WHAT ABOUT TRAVELING MYANMAR

 

Wet season: May to October

Best season to travel: November to February

Visa: It depends on your nationality. Most countries if not all have to go through an online visa application process before traveling to Myanmar. Make sure to check out the latest info on the Immigration Website.

Hotel: Usually as cheap as 4€ to 9€ (4.5$ to 10.5$ USD) for a bed in a dorm. Accomodation is quite pricey compared for Southeast Asia standards.

Food: Usually as cheap as 0.50€ to 2€ (0.6$ to 2.5$ USD) for a basic streetfood meal (Fried rice, fried noodles and cheap food specials).

Food specials: Tea leaf salad, Shan rice or noodles, Burmese curry, Nagyi thoke, Mohinga and many more!

Transportation: Buses are the most reliable and comfortable transportation mean in Myanmar. Fares ranges from 4€ to 14€ (4.5$ to 16$ USD) with an average fare around 9€ (10.5$ USD). Getting to the most remote locations is quite expensive even though you are using local transport. Trains are best avoided since the infrastructure is old.

Bargaining: As long as you feel you are not paying the right price, you need to bargain. Use your common sense! Honestly, the people of Myanmar are extremely honest and I only felt I had to bargain a few times over a month.

Budget: From 550€ to 650€ for a month (640$ to 750$ USD).

 

BURMESE BASICS

 

Hello: Min-Ga-La-Ba

Thank you: Cè-Zù Tin-Ba-Deh

Goodbye: Bhine

 

TRAVEL APPS AND WEBSITES

 

GPS: An amazing offline GPS application that highlights hostel, food and even the tiniest hiking paths in your area (Maps.me )

Hostels: Use filters to sort out the cheapest price of the day. There is usually no need to book in advance. You might find cheaper accomodations on-site. In some remote areas, these are not advertised online. (Booking, Agoda, Hostelworld)

Currency converter: Highly useful for your first few days stepping in a new country (XE Currency, Easy Currency Converter)

Meeting people: Couchsurfing integrate a new ‘people around me’ feature. You will usually meet plenty of people at your hostel but it does happen sometines that you are the only one there. Tinder is not ‘only’ what you think! More and more people use it to meet locals or travelers to explore a destination (Couchsurfing, Tinder)

Money sharing: If traveling by group, Tricount is an amazing application for organizing group expenses (Tricount)

 

TRAVEL TIPS

 

Backpack: Pack as light as you can. Ten kilos should be a maximum. You won’t need these 15 tshirts and 5 pairs of shoes, will you? Remember that you will carry all this weight on your shoulders. There is one more thing. Checking in with a carry-on luggage only is way cheaper!

Cash: Always keep a 50€ or 50$ USD banknote in your wallet. You never now what might happen. It can be really helful in case your credit card get blocked for a few days. Never ever wait to run out of cash before withdrawing in a local currency! Before leaving a country, try to get rid of coins and small banknotes. You won’t be able to exchange them later!

Toilet paper: Yeah, you can laugh at this one. However, be aware that most Asian countries do not use any. You better get one roll in your backpack!

 

MYANMAR TRAVEL ITINERARY

 

YANGON

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MRAUK U

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BAGAN

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KALAW

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INLE LAKE

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HSIPAW

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PYIN OO LWIN

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MANDALAY

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