Welcome to Myanmar

Welcome to Myanmar

Useful Information

With its verdant landscape of rugged highlands, soft seas and sweeping rivers, Myanmar is a country that will captivate you like few others. As the country emerges from a long period of isolation, visitors now have the chance to come and experience its wonders for themselves. But there is more to Myanmar than just the landscape. Its rich history, vibrant cultural heritage, and the genuine warmth of the local people, are what truly bring it alive.

Visa
Myanmar has a new online e-visa system. Please go to the official Myanmar Ministry of Immigration e-visa website to complete the application. The visa is only valid for entry into Myanmar via Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw, is valid for 28 days, and costs $50. This will take 4 working days to authorize. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure. It is possible to enter Myanmar over land, but a visa must have been arranged beforehand through a Myanmar Embassy.
Telephones
It is now possible to purchase a SIM card for as little as 1,500 kyat from many local shops. Cards work on a top up, pay as you go basis.  
Internet
The internet is now widespread in Myanmar, where you will find many cafes and hotels have a Wi-Fi connection. Due to bandwidth restrictions however, internet speeds can vary dramatically, according to demand throughout the day.
Language
The main language of Myanmar is Burmese, although many people in cities and tourist areas also speak English. Outside of these areas there are many different ethnic and language groups.
Electricity
Myanmar voltage is 220-240 volts. It is advisable to bring a universal adaptor, which fits multiple socket types. The electricity supply in Myanmar is unreliable which can lead to blackouts.
Money
The official currency of Myanmar is the “kyat”, although US dollars are widely used as an alternative currency. Dollars must be brought into Myanmar in perfect condition. Any blemishes may result in you getting a worse exchange rate, or the money may not be accepted. You can exchange dollars at most banks in the downtown areas of major cities, and at some airports. There are now over 600 ATMS in Myanmar as well, which accept Visa or MasterCard. These charge a 5,000 Kyat transaction fee, and have a withdrawal limit of 300,000 kyat.
Climate
Myanmar has a tropical monsoon climate. A cool season, from November to February, a hot season, from March to May, and a rainy, season from June to October. The most comfortable time to travel is in the cool season.  
Culture and clothing
The main religion of the country is Buddhism, which you will notice in all aspects of every day life. Monks and nuns hold a very important status in society and should not be touched. Revealing clothing is often frowned upon, and not permitted in pagodas, shrines or monasteries, where shoes and socks must also be taken off.




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