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Myanmar Travel Tips

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In order to help you with the preparation of your trip, this section will gather all the useful information that you will need. Besides weather information, visa formalities, the must-see destinations in Cambodia, which have dedicated sections, this section is gathering the topics our client are usually asking questions for. 

Time Difference

In Myanmar, the time does not change due to winter and summer and is, therefore, the same all year around.

  • +7:30 hours in winter (GMT)
  • +6:30 hours in the summertime (GMT)

Currency in Myanmar

The currency in Myanmar is the Kyat and is a non-convertible currency, so it is better to leave without any Kyat left as you really won’t need any more Kyat than you will get in small change while exchanging money. Check out the current currency rate here.

  • 1 Euro = about 1.874 MMK
  • 1 USD = about 1.592 MMK
  • 1 GBP = about 2.099 MMK

Like the other countries in South-East Asia, Myanmar is a country based on cash, so you should always have cash on you. US dollars are accepted in many hostels, hotels and resorts and restaurants or touristy areas like Bagan and Mandalay, but note that rural markets and mom and pop restaurants will only accept Kyat. You can use Visa and MasterCard credit cards in international shops.

Another option is to go exchange money. Money changers are available almost everywhere in touristy areas like Bagan, Mandalay etc…/. Beware, and be careful when exchanging money as you should in every country. 

Be careful not to confuse similar looking currency notes of different denominations, as many of the money have the similar colours and can easily be mixed up with one another.  The airport money changer rates are almost the same as in the city so try to exchange as much as you can at the airport. 

There are plenty of ATMs in Cambodia but beware of ATM charges. To find an ATM near your location, check out this page here.

Prices in Myanmar

For comparison, the cost of living in Cambodia is 53% higher than in Vietnam, but the cost of travelling in Myanmar will depend on what kind of traveller you are. Therefore, Myanmar costs on average $35 per day including food and drink. For a low budget hotel room, you would have to pay around $25 USD per night. Get more information about the prices here.

 Note that the prices may vary depending on the place you are visiting. For example, the prices in Bagan are higher than in other places. 

Tips in Myanmar

Tipping in Myanmar will depend on the location you are and the place you are staying at. Many of the of the best hotels you could go to have a note on your arrival suggesting leaving tips in an envelope at the reception. Note that group tours may include tips, but guides may expect extra. 

In touristy areas tips are expected, but if you go to some rural places, note that giving a huge amount as a tip can be an embarrassment for the locals. 

Taxi

In Myanmar, you will be able to find taxis almost anywhere at any time of day or night, but note that taxis from hotels, restaurants and shopping centres will be more expensive. 

Taxis in Myanmar mainly come in the form of Japanese saloons (sedans) or estate cars, there is an increasing number of more modern vehicles on the road.

If you want to get around the city for a short journey, it would cost around k1500-k2000 but for more than 3-4 km journeys, it will obviously cost you more. Negotiating the price of taxis in Myanmar may be frustrating as the drivers may fix a very high price at the begging and will stick to it until the end. If it is the case, move to another taxi. 

Be aware of the fact that air conditioner is not turned on in most of the taxis, and asking for it may cost you more. 

Applications available: 

Grab and Uber are available in Yangon.

Plug outlets

In Myanmar, three types of plugs are used, type C, D, F and G. In case the plug you want to use in Myanmar won’t fit, bring a type G plug adaptor with you.  Myanmar works on a 230V supply voltage with a frequency of 50Hz, when it works. Most of the hotels you will go to will have generators (some run at night only) and note that local power sources in many towns are scheduled for evening hours only. Beside power cuts, Some areas do not have electricity at all. 

You can buy a power adapter, converter or a charger, but beware that it will depend on the voltage and the type of device you would like to use with a Burmese power outlet, not to mention that it is very dangerous to use an appliance that is rated a different voltage from the supply. Therefore, before going further and choose the adapter you will pack for your trip, get more information here.

Laundry Service

There is a laundry service in almost every hotel with two stars and above, including hostels and homestays. The cloths may also be ironed at an additional cost. If you don’t have a laundry service where you are staying, you will be able to find laundry and dry services in other places, just look for a sign mentioning laundry services outside shops and restaurants. 

Homestay

Staying in a homestay can be an amazing experience while travelling in a country but unfortunately, as a tourist, in Myanmar, you can only stay in licenced places (hotels/guesthouses) for now. 

 

Burmese Holidays

Myanmar has a 12 months calendar, including one holiday for each month. Most of the holidays are related to Buddhism, whose one of the most famous holiday is the Paya Pwè, the pagoda festival. 

The Pagoda festival in Mandalay is held around the end of September and the begging on October. You will see down the hill small markets, dance, traditional music spectacles. 

They also have Nat Pwe, whose one of the most famous one is held in Taungbyon, a city located 30km away from Mandalay. During the 8 days of holidays, locals are summoning the spirits by dancing, drinking and playing traditional music. 

During the full moon of October is held for 18 days the Phaung-Daw U. This holiday is characterised by several boats crossing the Inle lake from villages to villages with sacred sculptures of Buddha on board. Monasteries are visited and their sculptures are decorated by monks. During this holiday, there is also a boat race with standing rowers dressed in traditional costumes. It is one of the most beautiful aquatic spectacles in South-East Asia.

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