Frequently Ask Questions
1. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL?
The best time to visit Myanmar is from November
to March when temperatures are relatively low
(average 15 - 30 degrees centigrade) and when there
is practically no rain. Be aware that in December
and January the temperature can drop to near
freezing at night in the highlands of the Kalaw,
Pindaya, Taunggyi and Inle Lake area in southern
Shan State. In April and May which is the hottest
season, temperature often rises up to 40 degrees
centigrade in Yangon (the capital of Myanmar), in
Mandalay as well as in Bagan (the most famous
archaeological site in Myanmar) where one can get
even hotter. The monsoon starts between mid-May and
mid-June bringing frequent rains particularly in the
southern as well as western regions of Myanmar which
last until September.
2. IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL?
ARE THERE PLACES TO AVOID?
Myanmar is a vast country and it is generally a
very safe place to travel. There is only a few areas
in borders that are off limit to foreign visitors
and they will not affect a traveller's journey
through Myanmar in any way.
3. DO's AND DON'T 's
Never drink tap water - purified, bottled water
is available everywhere. Eat at established
restaurants and avoid peeled or cut fruit as well as
ice cubes. It is wise to guard against sunburn,
dehydration and heat exhaustion. Light clothing made
from natural fibers is useful most of the year
around and a sweater or jacket is needed when
touring hill areas and the Inle Lake region from
November to February. When visiting pagodas and
other religious buildings great care must be taken
to appear modest and correctly dressed. Women should
not wear shorts, bra-less T-shirts or have bare
shoulders when visiting such places. Shoes and socks
must always be removed at pagodas and monasteries.
Photography in airports, railway stations and near
any military institutions is forbidden.
4. WHAT MONEY SHOULD I TAKE?
Suggest you to take along US Dollars in cash in
small denominations. Credit cards are only accepted
by major hotels in Yangon and Mandalay. Euro card /
MasterCard is not accepted anywhere in Myanmar. It
is recommended to change a small amount of US
Dollars into the local currency (Kyat) to use at
small restaurants and shops.
5. WHAT ARE THE VISA REQUIREMENTS AND CUSTOMS
A valid Passport with Entry Visa is required for
all visitors. At the present time tourist visas are
available from Myanmar embassies for duration of 28
days, extendible for an additional 14 days. A
Business Visa allows a stay of 28 days, extendible
up to 12 months on a case-by-case basis. Visa on
Arrival is granted on prior arrangement with the
Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Visa is valid for
THREE MONTHS from the date of issue, which cannot be
renewed or refunded.
All items of jewelry, cameras and foreign currency
in excess of US$ 2,000 must be declared upon arrival
on the currency declaration forms. Export of Buddha
images and gemstones without an official receipt as
well as antiques and archaeologically valuable items
are strictly prohibited. It is not permitted to
bring mobile phones into the country, even if they
are not connectable to international networks such
as GSM. Therefore, if you bring your phone into
Myanmar, formally you will have to leave it at
custom desk on arrival until your departure.
6. HOW MANY ENTRIES INTO MYANMAR?
There are several entries into Myanmar. Flight
entry to Yangon city from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala
Lumpur, Kuming, Dhaka, Calcutta, Taipei and land
route entries from Thailand and China can be made.
7. IS ON-LINE VISA APPLICATION AVAILABLE?
Yes, you are welcomed to apply on-line visa at
8.CAN I MAKE OVER SEA CONNECTION AVAILABLE
DURING MY TRIP?
You can easily make an international connection
by phone, fax and e-mail from Myanmar. Normally, we
provide contact phone numbers of your hotels and our
Yangon office to make easy contact in case of need.
9. HOW CAN I USE INTERNET IN MYANMAR?
There are a lot of internet cafes in downtown
Yangon and internet access is available in Yangon,
Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake areas.
10.DO I NEED TO BUY LOCAL CURRENCY FOR US$ 200
From 1st of October 2003, you do not need to buy
FECs or any local currency on arrival.
11. WHAT LANGUAGE WILL THEY UNDERSTAND?
The official language is 'Myanmar' with numerous
regional languages and dialects. English is spoken
at all major hotels. In the Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay
and Inle Lake area travellers will always find
someone who will at least understand a few words of
English. Karaweik M & J Tour provides guides in
English, German French, Italian, Spanish and
12. HOW ABOUT MY HEALTH?
No vaccinations are officially required for a
visit to Myanmar unless coming from an infected
area. Travelers should check with their doctor or a
travel immunization clinic regarding the
advisability of inoculation against typhoid,
hepatitis, tetanus and Japanese encephalitis as well
as Malaria Prophylaxis. It is better to take along
any prescription medication with sufficient supplies
during your trip. Also we have foreign trained
medical doctors and 24 hour Clinic service.
13. WHAT FOOD WILL I FIND?
Myanmar cuisine mainly consists of a staple diet
of rice with meat or fish curry, vegetable salads
and soups. Chili is popular in Myanmar and is often
used in spicy dishes such as curries, however the
meal is not as hot as the Thai version. Myanmar can
boast of a diverse range of cuisine with Chinese,
Thai and Indian restaurants sprinkled around the
major cities. Western food can be found in a few
French or Italian restaurants in Yangon as well as
at major international hotels in Yangon and
14. HOW IS THE SHOPPING AND WHAT DO I TIP?
Shopping is plentiful in most areas of Myanmar
with colourful markets and stalls on most streets.
Most popular buys include antiques, embroidery,
gems, lacquer ware, pearl, hand-woven silk longyis,
traditional woodcarvings, customary puppets and
tribal crafts. Jewelry should be purchased through
an authorized dealer who will issue a receipt so
that the items can be exported. Bargaining is
required at small shops and markets.
Major hotels and restaurants usually add 10 %
service charge to bills. Where it is not included a
tip of up to 10 % of the bill would be appropriate
if the service is satisfactory. Porters usually
expect to be tipped.
15. WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE
16. WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE
COUNTRY IN GENERAL?