1). We want to travel to Myanmar in our summer time in Europe, but people say there is a lot of rain there so its not a good time to do so. Is it correct?
The climate of Myanmar is tropical with three main seasons.
( 1 ) The rainy season is from mid-May to mid-October with an average temperature of 25-30 C. Although it rains heavily in Yangon and Inle Lake, traveling in Myanmar during this season is still enjoyable because Mandalay and Bagan lies in dry zones where it barely rains.
( 2 ) The cool season ( Winter ) is from mid-October to mid-February with an average temperature of 20-24 C. This is the best season to visit Burma. Some regions in upper Burma, Kalaw ( South-West of Shan State ) and Kyaing Tong ( Eastern Shan State ), has a temperature that ranges between 5 – 10 C, so travelers may need to bring some warm clothes to tour around this area.
( 3 ) The hot season ( Summer ) is from mid-February to mid-May with an average temperature of 30-35 C. Although it’s a bit hot, our programs are designed to make traveling enjoyable as we avoid the heat by touring about in the mornings and evenings.
2). How can I get Myanmar ( Burma ) Visa?
Every nationality need visa to come to Myanmar.
Valid Passport with Entry Visa is required for all travelers to Burma. Visa can be obtained at any Myanmar Embassy or Consulate abroad. Visa fee is about US$ 20 in local currency.
For the travelers who buy a tour from us and do not have time to apply for Myanmar visa in their own country, Visa on arrival can be arranged. We need a copy of the traveler’s passport, including information of his/her occupation, home address, nationality and Int’l flight details which should be faxed to us 15 working days before his arrival to Burma.
After the Visa is approved, we will inform your international flight to let you check in without Myanmar visa in your passport. Therefore, it is important for us to know your international (arrival & departure) flight number and your booking reference (PNR). Please bring 2 passport size photos, as there is no photo shop at the airport.
Service fee of USD 50 will be charged per person.
3). Let me know Myanmar currency? What does FEC means? Do I need to change 200 FEC if we buy the tour service from you?
The monetary unit is the Kyat ( pronounced chat ), which is divided into 100 pyas. The official exchange rate is about 855 Kyats to US $ 1.
For the convenience of the travelers, Foreign Exchange Certificates ( FECs) are issued by the Central Bank of Myanmar to use during their stay in Myanmar. FECs are acceptable like US dollars by any person in the Union of Myanmar. It is printed on the note as 1 FEC = 1 USD.
There is no more compulsory exchange of USD200 into FEC 200 upon arrival at Yangon airport.
4). Can I pay with credit card?
Travelers cheque are not acceptable in Myanmar. So, it’s advisable that the clients should bring enough money in US Dollar cash. Kindly bring new US Dollar notes because old / ink stain / damage USD notes are very difficult to use in the market. Euro is not as welcome as US dollar.Authorized Exchange counter are allowed to those companies who can deposit 30 million Kyats (roughly 35,000 US$). Visa, MasterCard, China UnionPay and Japan Credit Bureau have been granted permission by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CB Bank ) .Master Card is the first to be available in Myanmar in collaboration with CB Bank (Cooperative Bank) on the CB Bank’s ATMs. There will be 5000 Kyats fee for each transaction. “Visa Card Holders” can withdraw Myanmar Kyat from any KBZ ATM”
5). How do you charge the cancellation fees?
In Myanmar, the cancellation policy of most hotels are twenty-one ( 21 ) days notice for group travels and seven ( 7 ) days notice for individual travels. Strict cancellation and deposit policies apply for bookings of river cruises, beach hotels and some small and beautiful boutique hotels.So the action of cancellation charges will occur according to the hotel cancellation policy.
6). How do you care for transportation service during the tour in Myanmar?
Domestic air services in Burma (Myanmar) have greatly improved over the recent years. However, travel by trains, buses, and ships are still not so convenient for traveling. The clients will travel by reliable Air Mandalay or Air KBZ or Asian wings or Yangon Airways or Air Bagan ATR-flights and by air-con vehicles. Baggage allowance on Burma (Myanmar) domestic flights is limited to 20 kg. Excess luggage can be left in Yangon hotels for collection on return after traveling about. In remote areas, air-conditioned cars or buses may not always be available and travelers should be advised that the conditions of roads in Myanmar are not the same. Due to poor road conditions, long distance overland travel generally takes longer than the travelers might expect, averaging only 45 – 50 kilometers per hour.
7) During our stay in Myanmar, we want to see the nature, culture, history and people and their life style. Can you arrange a very comprehensive program?
Major sightseeing itineraries include a variety of religious and historic monuments, a rich cultural and artistic heritage, and beautiful scenery. We also seek out other attractions like interesting local markets, festivals, Myanmar traditional handicrafts and industries, and an opportunity to meet the local people in their own environment. A specialty includes the opportunity to try regional cuisines around Myanmar and to experience various typical and traditional forms of Myanmar entertainment. By including such extra dimensions, we make any visit to Myanmar a richer, more rewarding and more memorable experience.
8). What is the quality of food and restaurants in Myanmar?
Myanmar cuisine is established around rice or noodles, usually served with a variety of curries between meat and fish, along with a dish of vegetables, salads, soup, and condiments. Myanmar curries tend to be less spicy than those served in Thailand. Meals & drinks at International Hotels are considerably expensive. There are many good local restaurants with almost the same quality of food and hygiene as hotels but at reasonable prices. They serve various dishes of Myanmar, Chinese, European (French and Italian), Thai and Indian cuisine. But roadside small restaurants are not recommended, as it can be risky for health.There are also a wide variety of local snacks and delicacies.
Mouk-hin-kha (thin rice noodles served with fish gravy and onion soup) and Ohn-noh-khauk-swe (noodles served with chicken and coconut gravy) are the most popular in Myanmar. Shan food is another delicacy. Shan style of cooking neither belongs to Myanmar nor Chinese nor Thai cuisine but they taste really good in their own way.Restaurants and food served towards the travelers are carefully selected for hygiene as well as gastronomic considerations.
9). What is the quality of Hotels in Myanmar?
The hotels’ accommodations standards in Burma now vary widely especially in quality and availability. New and refurbished hotels meeting international standards are available in most destinations like Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake, Kyaing Tong, Ngapali Beach, Ngwe Saung Beach, and Chaung Thar Beach. Only very basic and simple hotels are available in the remote areas.
10). Is Myanmar a good shopping place? What are the best buys?
Myanmar arts and crafts, mostly hand-made, are lovely souvenirs. Lacquer ware, woodcarvings, tapestries, silverware, brassware, silk and cotton fabrics, and shoulder bags are some of the popular items. For jewelry, there are Burmese rubies, sapphires, jade and pearls available at Myanmar gems shops. All gems and jewelry purchased should be made through the government licensed dealers, who can give a voucher for export.Bargaining is essential for obtaining reasonable prices. Possible price reductions of up to 70% are not uncommon.
11). Is there any compulsory vaccinations for travel to Myanmar?
There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Myanmar ( Burma ) but it is advisable to take precautions against malaria. Prescription drugs are not widely available in the remote areas of Myanmar so travelers should bring any required medication with them.Insect repellents are highly recommended, especially when traveling to remote areas in conjunction with other measures to prevent mosquito bites. The sun can be remarkably hot so a hat and sunscreen is advisable.