Myanmar

Capital City: Naypyidaw
Timezone: UTC+6:30
Country Calling Code: +95
Currency: USD

1 CNY = 0.16 USD

1 USD = 1.00 USD

1 EUR = 1.23 USD

1 GBP = 1.45 USD

1 AUD = 1.00 USD

These rates were valid at time of writing.
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Weather & When to Visit

 

The best time to visit Myanmar is between November and February. During these months it rains least and is not so hot. March to May brings intense heat. At this time, the daily temperatures in Yangon (Rangoon) often reach 40ºC (104ºF), while areas around Bagan and Mandalay go a few digits higher. Towns of Shan State in the mountains are much cooler.

The southwest monsoon starts between mid-May and mid-June, bringing frequent rains that dunk the country through October, peaking from July to September. The dry zone (between Mandalay and Pyay) gets the least rain, though roads can become extremely hard to drive on everywhere. Rakhaing State bears the full force of the rains – often exceeding 195in (495cm) of rain annually.
Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/myanmar-burma/weather#ixzz2bMyXlQHR

Events & Festivals

 

Living in one of the Nature's most favored lands, the Myanmar are lively and enjoyable people. With agriculture as their main occupation they make an easy livelihood as their natural environment. Inhabiting in various parts of their country, which is endowed with natural assets of forests, streams, lakes, mountains, hills, and sea coast, Myanmar lifestyles are amphibious in character which is reflected in their cultural activities. Every month of the Myanmar lunar calendar has its own season, its own flower, its own zodiacal sign, its own constellation and its own seasonal festivals. Classical poets have composed verses on twelve seasons describing the natural beauty of each season, its seasonal flower, its seasonal zodiacal sign that appears in the sky in this season and the festival which is held.

Visas

 

Visa requirements to visit Myanmar change on a regular basis and it's best to check with the Burmese embassy in your country before making your travel plans. The safest approach is to assume you will need one. A tourist visa’s validity expires 90 days after issue and only allows a 28-day, single-entry visit. It officially costs $20 but sometimes runs to €25 in Western Europe. You’ll need three passport-sized photos for the process.

Airports

 

All international flights arrive at Yangon (Rangoon) airport (RGN), except a lone Thursday flight from Chiang Mai (Thailand) to Mandalay airport (MDL).

The most common route to Yangon is via Bangkok, though flights also connect Yangon with Calcutta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Kunming (China). Flights to Dhaka, Bangladesh and Hong Kong have been discontinued, but may resume at some point.


Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/myanmar-burma/transport/getting-there-away#ixzz2bN0WGJrf

Things to Consider

 

  • Never drink tap water
  • Myanmar people are genuinely happy to help foreign visitors and don't expect anything in return. If your Myanmar guide or any other person during your Myanmar travel was especially kind or helpful a tipping from you would be a generous gesture and greatly appreciated.
  • Try to arrange your journey to coincide with a festival. These unique celebrations - such as the annual Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival around Inle Lake - offer a perfect chance to visit villages and join the locals as they celebrate their festivals throughout the year.
  • The majority of the people speak Myanmar (Burmese) and English is widely used
  • Throughout most Asian countries including Myanmar, MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) - known locally as 'AJINOMOTO' - is still used in food preparation in some restaurants. Some travelers who may experience swollen feet, hands or headaches will more than likely have had a good amount of MSG in the food. It is always best to inform your guide when ordering if you do not wish it to be added to your food.
  • Our recommended hotels in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan offer 24 hour power (with a generator if needed). In other more isolated areas like Kyaingtong, the Shan Hills, Kalaw, Pindaya, Taunggyi, Nyaung Shwe and Inle Lake - generated power may not always be available. Most hotel rooms have screens and mosquito nets
    Bring sun hat, sun glasses, sun protection for your face and body, prescription medicines, insect repellent and an umbrella. An antibiotic cream for minor cuts and scratches, extra pair of prescription glasses, a small flashlight, extra passport photos, decaffeinated coffee (if you require).
  • Shorts, short skirts or revealing clothing are not appropriate especially when visiting temples or any religious site. Myanmar is a conservative Buddhist culture and improper dress can be offensive. Please dress with respect for the local culture. Lightweight, easy to care clothes of cotton and cool fabrics are ideal all year round. A winter sweater or jacket and socks may be needed in the cool season when visiting up country especially around Inle Lake and Kalaw when the weather can drop to near freezing during the night. Wear sensible walking shoes which can be easily removed when required. Sandals, thongs or flip-flops (available locally) are very convenient footwear

 

Important Note:
Whilst Classic Travel does our best to keep information updated, it is always advisable for you to double-check details for your specific trip as information can change without notice, particularly in regards to arrival & departure airport terminals, visa requirements and airport/port fees.