Dos and Don’ts for Tourists

  1. The Myanmar people are friendly, helpful and polite.
  2. Respect the Myanmar people and their unique traditions.
  3. Don’t take any photos that may make people feel embarrassed.
  4. Do smile.
  5. Don’t point with your foot.
  6. Wear decent clothes when visiting religious sites.
  7. Do tuck away your feet.
  8. Don’t touch anyone on the head.
  9. Please learn the basic words of Myanmar language.
  10. Women travelers are very safe in Myanmar.
  11. Don’t kiss in public.
  12. Don’t disturb people praying or meditating.
  13. Calling with your finger up means calling for a challenge.
  14. Please learn the local customs before visiting ethnic minority villages.
  15. Do try Myanmar traditional transport facilities.
  16. Visitors should be understanding when experiencing electricity outages.
  17. Don’t touch the robe of a monk.
  18. Spread your wealth, use your money wisely.
  19. Myanmar is a cultural destination.
  20. Myanmar currency should be exchanged at the official exchange counters and banks.
  21. If tourists wish to help the people of Myanmar, they should consider creative ways to contribute to communities, not to individuals.
  22. Giving money or sweets to children is not advisable.
  23. Myanmar people are delighted when tourists participate in their festivals.
  24. Using drugs is illegal in Myanmar.
  25. Help protect Myanmar wildlife by refusing to purchase wildlife products.
  26. To maintain Myanmar’s unique heritage, do not buy antiques. Buy arts and crafts instead.
  27. Help us keep Myanmar clean.
  28. Practice safe sex.
  29. Do not go where you are advised not to go.
  30. Relax and enjoy your holiday!

Visa

Myanmar E online visa is available with evisa system from 01st September 2014. Visitors from 65 countries currently can apply the visa through http://www.myanmarevisa.gov.mm/. Visa fees is about USD 50.00 for tourists for 28 staying days in Myanmar and USD 70.00 for business travelers for 70 staying days in Myanmar.

Customs and Formalities on Arrival

All items of jewelry, cameras and foreign currency in excess of USD 10,000.00 must be declared upon arrival and on the currency declaration forms. Travelers should have completed these forms during the flight to Yangon and should submit them upon arrival. No Myanmar currency may be imported or exported.
Duty free allowance is 200 cigarettes and one liter of wine or spirit. Export of Buddha images, gemstones and antiques without an official receipt is prohibited.

Accommodation

During recent years, tourism industry flourish speedily in Myanmar and as a result, Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake offer a wide choice of accommodation including luxury boutique hotels and international five/four-star properties. In the Inle Lake region with a choice of charming, traditional accommodation or Chinese style multiple-storied hotels.
The level of accommodation will not exist luxury properties, in Kyaikhtiyo, Hpa An, Mawlamyaing, Loikaw, Sittwe, Mrauk-U, Kengtung and Monywa.
But Family Treasure Travels will endeavor its utmost effort to provide most convenient accommodation available. And so also due to limited hotel supplies outside of Yangon and Mandalay, Family Treasure Travels cannot guarantee specific hotel requests and reserves the right to substitute accommodation of the best available alternative standard especially during the high season.

Post and Communication

The postal service in Myanmar is considered unreliable and letters sometimes are taking months to arrive at their destination. The country code for international calls is (95) and these can be made from major hotels and the Central Telegraph Offices in upcountry. The service is improving however the connection is sometimes does not working well and international calls are expensive. There is pre-paid call systems. The e-mail services and internet access can be available in Yangon and major hotels in big cities except some remote areas.

Food

Rice is the staple food in Myanmar and served with a variety of side dishes; curries with cooked meat or fish, vegetables, salads, soups and etc. The restaurants used by Family Treasure travels are carefully selected from the gastronomical and hygienic point of view. But at some districts where only poor dining opportunities are available, Family treasure travels will arrange the best possible.

Restricted Areas

Even though Myanmar has opened most areas of the country to foreign visitors, few areas still require government permission. Family Treasure Travels will try its best to get the required permission in time but advance procedure is a must. We would like to suggest to enquire the updated situation in advance.

Transportation

Family Treasure Travel provides air-conditioning sightseeing cars and coaches where available. But in some remote areas, the mean of transportation will be basis and for these exceptional places, We will arrange the best available. The road conditions are good for the highways and but driving duration may takes longer than expected in rainy season.
Public train, ferryboat and express buses are available to major towns, however, these services are generally basic, but comfortable. The boat trip between Mandalay and Bagan is operated by a local Chinese-built ferry (except in summer season) is used and takes about 8-10hours. The type of transfer by boat (between Sittwe- Mrauk U/ Bagan – Pakokku/ Mandalay- Mingun) will be by local private boat and the standard will be basis.

Currency and Exchange

There are three currency used in the country. Kyat which official rate is 900 kyat for USD 1.00, the market rate is 1500 Kyat for USD 1.00 (as for July 2019). USD can be changed in Kyat and used by everyone at Money exchange counter at International Airport and downtown area in Yangon and Mandalay. Euro money are accepted only by international hotels in Yangon and Mandalay.
We strongly recommend to bring along cash USD also in small denomination with good conditioned bills. Credit cards can be used in Myanmar at CB Bank, KBZ Bank and AYA Bank in Yangon and Mandalay. Only a few hotels/shops and restaurant can accept them but usually the transaction has to be done via Singapore or Thailand and at a 3 – 5% surcharge. Traveller’s cheques are not accepted.

Domestic Airport Tax

Departure tax for domestic flights is 3000 kyats in big cities (Yangon, Mandalay, and Naypyitaw) and the rest of the cities will be charged 2000 kyats (subject to change).

Climate

The country has a tropical monsoon climate. November to February is the coolest months (15-25 C). March to May if the hottest months (25-33 C). May to September is the Monsoon, rainy season. Rain is not heavy in the central plain.

Local Time

GMT + 6 ½

Tipping

Tipping is practiced widely in addition to the service charge shown in the bill of restaurants and hotels and also to the drivers and boat men. There is no exact limit but depends upon the generosity and the satisfaction of their services. Portage fees at airports are more or less 500 kyats per bag (In our package tour prices -the portage fees are already included for maximum 20kg per person).

Shopping

Myanmar is one of best counties for shopping. All varieties of souvenirs including -lacquer ware, silver ware, wood and stone curving, hand -woven silk and cotton, precious and semi precious gems, tapestries, puppets and traditional are available throughout the country. Jewellery should be purchased through an authorized dealer who will issue a receipt so that the items can be exported. Export of antiques and archeological objects are prohibited. Visitors are advised to purchase only the allowed items of handicrafts and art objects from the registered souvenir shops asking the official certified receipt from the shops. Any illegal trade of prohibited items will result in heavy penalty. Bargaining is an elemental part of Myanmar life in small shops and markets

Power supply and electricity

Almost all the types of accommodation recommended are 24hr electricity supply (with a generator if needed) but in some isolated areas, like sittwe – mrauk u and kengtung- generated power will not always be available. (for example, operate between 6-10pm only) especially in the low season.

Clothing

Being a tropical country closed to Equator, light cotton and cool fabric are most appropriate throughout the year. But it is advisable to bring sweater or jacket and socks when visiting to the hilly regions especially in the cool season since the temperature is sometimes below 0 degree centigrade.

Language

Myanmar is national language whereas there are different tribal languages and English is widely used.

Religion

Buddhism is the major religion although Christianity, Islamic and Hinduism are also practiced among the minority.

General Advice

Myanmar is a very devoted Buddhist country. Visitors are requested to dress appropriately when visiting pagodas, temples, monasteries, religious buildings as well as in open public areas. Shoes and socks must always be removed before entering temples, pagodas and monasteries. Shorts, shorts skirts, bare shoulders or bra-less T-shirts are not appropriate. Photography in airports, railway stations and near any military installation is forbidden. We would like to recommend asking the permission before taking photographs individually, especially with tribal people.

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