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Travel Advice

  

Airport Customs

When you arrive at the airport in Myanmar, you will go through Immigration Control. An officer will inspect your passport and visa for validity. Myanmar customs officers usually don’t ask you the purpose of your trip (they see the visa and it is clear), but in case they do, just say that you are there for tourism – they will know the word.

Besides personal effects visitors are allowed 400 cigarettes (100 cigars or 250 gms of unrolled tobacco), a quart of liquor and 500 ml of cologne or perfume. Camera, radios, cassette players, calculators etc. must be declared at the customs of arrival and taken out on departure. Foreign currency in excess of US$ 2000 must be declared. Retain a copy of the Customs declaration form to be presented when you leave Myanmar.
Once you clear the customs you will walk through the gate. Welcome to Myanmar!

Luggage

For International flight, your check-in baggage allowance must not exceed 20 kg while 15 kg for domestic flight. Restriction measures apply to liquids, aerosols, gels, perfume, shampoo, shower gel and so on and it is advisable not to have them in your cabin baggage. It is advisable to check their limited quantity prior to traveling. Any sharp objects will be confiscated before boarding if they are packed in your cabin baggage.

Airport Tax

Airport tax is US$ 10 per head to be paid on departure.

Domestic / international airlines

We use 5 domestic airlines such as Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Aisa Wings, Air KBZ. Types of aircrafts are ATR 42 and ATR 72 (French-Italian ATR turboprop planes) suitable for the local conditions, airports and distances. Air Bagan operates Fokker – 100 Dutch made jet aircraft with 95 seats.

Please note that domestic airlines often change their flight schedules at the very last minutes or cancelled. In such cases, we are forced to adjust the sightseeing program following to these changes. We do keep you updated of such changes prior to arrival and during your trip.

International

There are several international airlines currently fly into Myanmar: Thai Airways (TG), Bangkok Airways (PG), Thai Air Asia (FD), Myanmar Airways International(8M), Jetstar (3K), Malaysia Airlines (MH), Silk Air (MI), Vietnam Airlines (VN), Air China (CA), China Airlines (CI), China Eastern Airlines (MU), China Southern Airlines (CZ) and Air India (IC), Mandarin Airlines (AE), Air Bagan (W9).

Giving tips in Myanmar

Tipping widely practiced, in addition to hotel and restaurant service charges shown on bills. Porters expect approximately 200 Kyat per bag, slightly more at airports.

Airport Transfers

If someone (a transfer service or a friend) wait for you, you will meet them at the exit gate. If your transfers are booked with us, our representative driver or guide will be waiting with your name on a sign.

Please kindly make sure your arrival flight time detail information otherwise if your flight is delayed after you have already departed for your trip (flight delays due to weather conditions, missing connecting flight, etc), immediately call the emergency number upon landing so we can rearrange the transfers.

Myanmar language

Language

Myanmar official language is Myanmar (Burmese) the language of the Bamar majority. Speakers of Myanmar (Burmese) and related dialects comprise nearly 80% of the population. Making up another 10% of the population are speakers of their own languages.

Travelers will find basic English language widely spoken in urban areas and around popular tourist sites such as Bagan. Learning a few words of Myanmar will make you travel in Barma – majority area much more enjoyable. Travelers who have ever been in Thailand or laos will be formed out and learned some of the respective languages will be pleasently surprised to find that many of these words are understood in the Shan State as well ( Shan Ethnic : one of the main ethnics of Myanmar)

Each and every Myanmar's ethnic has own language. Minorities of ethnics use their own language such as Shan , Keren and Rakhine. There are also quite a few who speak Chinese.

  • Hello – Mingalarbar
  • Yes – Hoke Ka`
  • No – Ma Hoke Buu
  • I love you – Ngar Min Ko Chit Tal
  • It’s a pleasure to meet you – Twae` Ya Tar Wan Thar Par Tal
  • This meal is delicious – Sar Lot Kaung Tal
  • How much – Bal Laute La`
  • This is too much – Zay Kyi Tal!
  • This is not expensive – Zay Paw Tal!
  • I will pay you half – Zay Shot Par Own!
  • Thank you – Kyae Zuu Tin Par Tal!
  • The Myanmar (Burma)

    Geography Position of Myanmar
    The geographical area of Myanmar, an area covering is 261228 sq miles (677000 sq kilometers). The area of stretching from east to west is 582 miles (936 kilometers) and from the north to south is 1275 miles (2051 kilometers) long.

    In the east, there are the neighbor countries, bounded by Thailand and Laos to the south eastern, and in the north, bounded by China to the north eastern and in the north western India, Bangladesh. In the west, there is Bay of Bengal and in the south eastern is the coastline of Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.

    There are mountain ranges, namely the Bago Yoma and the Shan Plateau are exit in Myanmar. Those of the mountain ranges are situated north to south from the Himalayas. There are the three main rivers, the Ayeyarwaddy, Salween and Sittaung rivers . Among them, the Ayeyarwaddy river is the longest one, almost 2170 kilometers (1348 miles) long, flow from the north (in Kachin State) to the south in to the Gulf of Martaban. The Ayeyarwaddy river divides the country in to Western and Eastern, it is the main artery of Myanmar, Ayeyarwaddy river Dolphin is well known in the world. The delta of Ayeyarwaddy river is one of the most fertile, agriculture regions of the world. Most of the kinds of export are from that delta region.

    Burmese Myanmar Food

    Mainstream Myanmar cuisine represents an intriguing blend of Burmar, Mon ,India and Chinese influences " Htamin " (Boiled rice) is the core of any Myanmar meal, to be eaten with a choice of " Hin" (Curry dishes), most commonly fish, chicken, prawns, or mutton and pork. But, very little beef or pork is eaten by the Burmese (Myanmar). Beef because it's considered offensive to most Hindus and Myanmar Buddhists, pork because the nat disapprove many Myanmar Buddhists in fact abstain from eating the flesh of any four-legged animal, and during the Buddhist lent ( in the month of Waso) retreat, may take up a fire – free diet that includes only uncooked vegetables and fruit. Myanmar curries are the mildest in Asia in terms of chilli power, but most cooks do not use chillies much, just a simple " masala" of turmeric, ginger, garlic, salt and onions, mix with peanut oil and shrimp paste. Almost everything is flavoured with "Ngapi" which is salty paste concocted from dried and fermented shrimp of fish, and can be very much an acquired taste.

    Noodle dishes are most often eater for breakfast or as light meals between the main meals of the day. By far the most popular is " mohingar". Another popular noodle dish, especially at festivals, is " own – no – hkaung – sweh ", rice noodles with pieces of chicken in a spicy sauce made with coconut milk, those of the light foods are favored by Myanmar. Ethnic cuisines, in particular Show cuisine are also prominently found throughout Myanmar.

    Myanmar time

    Myanmar Standard Time (MST) is 6½ hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT/UTC). Myanmar is 30 minutes behind Bangkok (Thailand).

    To find the current time anywhere in the world, check www.timeanddate.com on the internet. The 24-hour clock (for example, 18.00 instead of 6pm) is often used for train and flight times.

    Business hours

    Government Offices are open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 13:00 while Private Offices are open from 9:00 am to 17:00pm (Monday – Friday).

    Shopping

    Shops are generally open every day. Bogyoke Market (Scott Market) is close on Mondays and Public Holidays. Markets in Inle Lake region are rotating every 5 days.

    Posts and communications

    Telecommunication IDD in Myanmar, Myanmar Telephones & fax facilities are available in most Myanmar hotels Yangon and Mandalay but charges are quite expensive for oversea. Internet facilities are now available at many Myanmar hotels and Myanmar local businesses in Yangon and Mandalay for your Myanmar travel.

    Electricity

    Electric current is usually at 220 Volts A/C. Various plug sockets are in use. Better hotels supply adaptors and transformers for 110V equipment.

    Health-care

    Do not eat raw vegetables' only eat fruits that you can peel or cut yourself. Be aware of eating food from street stalls. Use insect repellent to keep from malaria, dengue fever and do also at bay. Use sunscreen literally when exposed to the intense, tropical sun. Burmese cuisine uses rice or noodles as staple dishes, usually served with a variety of side dishes: curries with meat or fish, vegetables, salads, soup, condiments etc. Curries tend to be less chili-hot than Thai versions. Chinese, Thai and Indian restaurants are also found in major cities, but European cuisine is mostly confined to major hotels at present. Recommend only Purified drinking bottled water is available everywhere in Myanmar. Only Bottled water is readily available and some Myanmar hotels provide complimentary. You can buy bottled water anywhere in Yangon and Big cities in Myanmar.

    People

    Myanmar is divided into seven divisions and seven states, with each of the seven states named after one of the country’s main national groups: Chin, Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Mon, Rakhine and Shan. These national groups are subdivided into more than 130 distinct ethnicities with their own cultures and dialects. At 65 percent, the Bamar make up the majority of the population.

    Religion

    Religion around 89% of Myanmar are Buddhist. The Mon was the first people in Myanmar to practice Theravada Buddhism, from India. According to the traditional history, King Anawrahta of Bagan adopted Buddhism in 1056. The Pyu and Mon kingdoms of the first unillennium were Buddhist.

    During the early Bagan era (11th century) Bamar king Anawrahta decided that the Buddhism practiced in his realm should be purified of all Non-Theravada elements, a task to set for Mon monks captured by his armies in Thaton, southern Myanmar. Although Burmese Buddhism was never totally rid of Mahayana, Tantric, Hindu and animist elements, this efforts were remarkably successful in bringing in Myanmar amend to a predominantly Theravada world view. Theravada Buddhism differs from Hinduism, Judaism, Slam or Christianity in that it is not centered around a god or gods, but rather a psycho philosophical system.

    The Theravada (Doctrine of the Elders) school olds that to achieve “Nibbana” (Nirvana), the eventual aim of every Buddhist, you must “work out your own salvation with diligence”. In other words it is up to each individual to work out his or her own fate.Theravada Buddhism is followed in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Myanmar Buddhism in practiced in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Vietnam.

    Climate

    Myanmar is situated in the tropical zone of the world map. There are three distinct in Myanmar, summer season , rainy season and cold season. The period of mid- February to mid- June is summer season. From mid-June to mid- October is rainy season and from mid-October to mid- February is cool season.Annual rain fall in the delta area is approximately 98.5 inches in measurement. In central Myanmar region is less than 39.5 inches. In northern part of Myanmar is the coolest, with average temperature of 21 ˚C (70 ˚F) and delta area has an average maximum temperature of 32 ˚C (89.6 ˚F). The Best time to visit Myanmar ; Stating from mid-October to mid-March).

    Safety

    This is a common concern, but Myanmar is incredibly safe. Myanmar has a functioning police force and a civilized, friendly population. Your entire trip will have the luxury of a private vehicle, a driver, and a personal tour guide. In case of an emergency situation, you will also have our emergency number and your country Embassy number all the time. Should you run into any problems, you can always call and we will do our best to resolve the issue.

    Myanmar is safe for travel, but there are basic precautions that you should take when visiting any country. First of all, do not carry your passport with you – leave it at the hotel. Carry a copy of your passport and visa.

    Emergencies

    We provide each customer with an emergency number for your Myanmar trip. Please contact this number in the case of any emergency No .+95 9 450065900. A specially trained representative will determine the best course of action and will notify our main office of the problem and resolve it for you in a timely manner.

    If you are unable to make a phone call, please notify your guide of the problem. Our guides are trained to pass information promptly where it needs to go.

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