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Myanmar
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Shan
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Myanmar
Discovery Tours
5 Days / 4 Nights
6 Days / 5 Nights
8 Days / 7 Nights
12 Days / 11 Nights
20 Days / 11 Nights
Yangon City Package
4 Days / 3 Nights
Extension Tours
From Yangon
Kyaiktiyo
The Golden Rock
Mawlamyaing & Pa An
Sittwe & Mrauk U
From Mandalay
Monywa - Po Win Taung & Shwe Ba Taung
Maymoo - Lashio & Pyin Oo Lwin
From Heho & Inle Lake
Kyaing Tong
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RV Pandaw
Travel Information
Air Travel
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Country Information
Private & SIC Tours
Tourist Tips & Guides
Walking Tours
Tourist Destinations
Bagan
Beach Extensions
Inle Lake
Kachine
Kyaing Tong
Mandalay
Rakhine
Yangon

 

 

Tourist Tips & Guides
Union of Myanmar

AIRPORT TAX
Departure tax for international flights is US$ 10.- payable in US currency or FECs (Foreign Exchange Certificates). No departure tax for domestic flights. (subject to change without notice).

CLIMATE
Tropical, generally hot and humid cooler in hill areas.
Coolest months: November-February (average temperatures 15-24 C). Hottest months: March-May (average temperatures 25-33 C). Monsoon, rainy months: May-September.

CURRENCY & EXCHANGE
The Myanmar currency is Kyat (pronouced 'Chat'). The official exchange rate s around 6 Kyat to US$ 1.- The unofficial rate can be as high as 380 Kyat to the dollar. A compromise on exchange rates is possible for foreign visitors, who may exchange US$, Pound Sterling, Yen, French Franc, German Marc and Swiss Franc and Foreign Exchange Certificates (FECs) at the rate of 100 FEC to the US$ (daily rate for the other currencies) at Yangon (Rangoon) International airport on arrival. There are now several authorized money changers in Yangon who will change US$ (no other currencies) into FEC and Kyat at market rate (subject to change without notice). We strongly recommend to bring along US$ cash in small demoninations. Many hotels and restaurants require payment in US$ or FEC, and FECs are also usually acceptedin shops. International credit cards and travellers cheques are not widely used. Only leading hotels and restaurants will accepted Amerian Express, Visa card. Master Card is not accepted in Myanmar. Individual (FIT) travellers are required to exchange US$ 200.- into FECs on arrival in Myanmar. Group tour travelers are not subject to this requirement and need exchange only sufficient money to cover personal expenses, such as drinks, souvenirs, etc.

CUSTOMS & FORMALITIES ON ARRIVAL
Regulations are now generally relaxed for tourist travellers arriving by air in Yangon (Rangoon). Visitors should have completed immigration and customs declaration form during the flight and must submit these on arrival. All foreign currency (in excess of US$ 2,000.-), travellers cheques, jewelry, cameras, etc. must be recorded on the customs form and may be checked on departure. No Myanmar currency may be imported nor exported. In the arrival hall our representative will display a sign with your name for easy recognition. Duty free allowance is 200 cigarettes and one litre of wine or spirit. Note that export of antique, Buddha images and gems without official dealer's receipt, is strictly prohibited. Baggage may be X-rayed or inspected before departure. It is not permitted to bring mobile phones into the country, even if they are not connectable to international networks such as GSM, they will be confiscated upon arrival at Yangon International Airport and released only upon departure.

ELECTRIC CURRENT
220 Volts / AC 50 cycles

FOOD
Burmese cuisine uses rice or noodles as staple dishes, usually served with a variety of side dishes curries with meat or fish, vegetable, salads, soup, condiments, etc. Curries tend to be less chilli-hot than Thai versions. Chinese, Thai, Indian restaurants are also found in major cities, but European cuisine is mostly confined to major hotels are present. In order to give travellers a true feeling for the country and its diverse regional gastronomic variations, we feature interesting local restuarants whenever possible in the itineraries. These are carefully selected, for hygiene as well as gastronomic considerations. In some country areas, however, dining opportunities are still very limited. Travellers are advised against eating from street or market stalls, however tempting these may seem.

GENERAL ADVICE
Never drink tap water - purified, bottoled water is available everywhere. Use an insect repellant against mosquitoes, especially in upcountry and forested areas. A hat and high-factor block cream is advisable as protection against the hot tropical sun when sightseeing. Casual and light clothing is required, preferably natural fibers, year-round, but a sweater or jacket may be useful in hill areas, particularly during winter months, when evenings can be quiee cool. A windproof jacket is essential when touring the Inle Lake from November to February. An umbrella or raincoat is essential if visiting during the monsoon months (May-September).

Travellers should take adequate supplies of any prescription medicines they may need, as supplies may not be available locally. A spare pair of eye glasses, if worn, is also advisable. Useful too, is a flash light, for exploring caves or details of temple interiors which are often not properly illuminated. Mynamar hospitals are generally not up to international, western standards. Take plenty of film, as lcoally available supplies are not always reliable. Photography in airports, railway stations and near any military installation is forbidden. Please use discretion when photographing people, especially tribal people, who may have superstitions against this. For close-up shots always ask first.

Visitors are required to dress decently within the precints of religious buildings. Ladies should not wear shsorts or bra-less T-shirts in such places. Shoes and socks/stockings MUST always be removed at pagodas and monasteries. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Disregard of these rules causes serious cultural and religious offence to the devout Myanmar people. Visitors are advised to ignore touts who may approach them to exchange foreign currency, or to sell gems of dubious quality. Such offers, although apparently attractive, are breaking strict laows. Begging is not widespread in Myanmar and visitors are requested not to encourage development of this practice by giving money, sweets, etc. to children. If travellers wish to contribute to say, a village community, gifts should be directed to the local school teach or headman. Contributions can also be arranged to recognized local charities.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
No vaccinations are officially required for a visit to Myanmar, but malaria prphylaxis is recommended and, if travelling to remote or border areas, travelers should check with their doctor or a travel immunization clinic regarding the advisability of inoculation against typhoid, hepatitis, tetanus and Japanese encephali.

LOCAL TIME
GMT +6 1/2 hours

PASSPORT & VISA
Visitors to Myanmar must have a valid passport and obtain a 28-day Tourist Visa from a Myanmar embassy or diplomatic mission abroad. Two application forms and three passport-size photos will be needed. Fee is approximately US$ 20.- in local currency. We will provide you with a letter to be handedover to the embassy which states that the tour has been pre-arranged and therefore is considered an "EVT Package Tour" which will then be stamped in to the passport. This will avoid the necessity of having to exchange US$ 200 into Foreign Exchange Certificates upon arrival at Yangon (Rangoon) airport. Clients may obtain their visas in Bangkok through our office, by supplying actual passport, three passport photos and a visa fee of US$ 28 per person two working days before the date of tour departure.

SHOPPING
Best buys include lacquerwares, silve, wood and stone carvings, hand-wove silks and cottons, gems, 'Kalaga' embroidered tapestries, traditional puppets and tribal handicrafts. Jewelry is generally not up to international stadnards for design and workmanship and buyers should check that 'gold' is not, in fact gilded silver. All gem and jewerly purchases should be made through a government authorized dealer, who must issue an official receipt, which is required for export of such items. Bargaining is essential for all souvenir shopping, if travellers are to obtain reasonable prices. Possible price reductions of up to 50% are not uncommon.

TIPPING
Widely practiced, in additional to hotel and restaurant service charges shown on bills. Porters, Kyat 20.- to 30.- per bag. At airports, porters charge Kyat 50.- per bag.

 

 
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