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Myanmar Tips: The best information for your trip to Myanmar
Our trip to Myanmar was definitely an absolute highlight. We spent a month in this wonderful country, saw great places and met a lot of sugar-sweet people. In this article we have written down everything, but also really everything, that you need to know before and during your Myanmar trip.
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No matter whether you are traveling as a backpacker or as part of a guided tour.
Our Myanmar tips for planning your trip and practical information for your time on site are helpful for everyone.
Since we have really packed the concentrated number of tips and information for Myanmar into this, the article has become very long.
With the help of our table of contents, you can easily jump to a section of your choice. We have always linked our other articles about Myanmar to you at the appropriate place in the post.
So let's get started. We'll show you what there is to see and do in Myanmar.
Read all of our articles on Myanmar
Who is Myanmar the perfect travel destination for?
Myanmar has an absolutely impressive culture and it is not for nothing that it is often referred to as the land of temples and pagodas. If you enjoy visiting temples, whether new or antique, there is probably no better destination in the world than Myanmar.
Of course, the country has even more to offer: impressive landscapes, for example. In Shan State and around Inle Lake, Myanmar shows its most scenic side. Those who like to hike will get their money's worth in Myanmar.
After the full boom culture, a few days relaxing on the beach are of course also quite nice. Myanmar offers that too: In the west and south of the country there are long sandy beaches where you can end your Myanmar trip very well.
Myanmar is definitely not a destination for just a beach vacation. There are certainly countries in the region that are better suited to this, such as: B. Thailand.
Myanmar is also not for you if you cannot do without western food and western standards. For a lot of money you can of course also get this in Myanmar. However, one should always be aware that tourism in the country is still in its infancy.
The country is very easy to travel to, but pizza and burgers are simply not available on every corner. Public transport can be inconvenient and the distances between places can be long.
When is the best time to visit Myanmar?
The main travel season in Myanmar is from November to February. At this time it is pleasantly warm (25 to 30 degrees), but not too hot and the likelihood of rainfalls is very low.
This time is definitely the most comfortable time to travel to Myanmar. At the same time, of course, it is also the time when most of the tourists come to Myanmar. So it is more crowded and the hotel rooms will be more expensive in many places.
If you as a backpacker have to pay very close attention to your travel budget, it is definitely advisable to avoid the main travel season from November to February.
A good alternative is the preseason. From the middle of September the rain will be less and less and the temperatures are also bearable. We were in Myanmar in October and only had two real rainy days during this time. Often it didn't rain at all and when it did, only for 1 to 2 hours.
Myanmar is wonderfully green at this time, as it has just rained for a few months. In addition, it is not that full yet, so it is very pleasant to travel. We can highly recommend October as a travel time, even if it can of course be that one or the other day falls into the water.
From March it will be very, very hot in Myanmar. Temperatures over 40 degrees are not uncommon and traveling outside of air-conditioned vehicles is not particularly fun.
Nevertheless, this time is not to be despised if you want to travel mainly to the mountains in the east and north of the country. It is often very cold there in the main season.
The rainy season is from June to August and it can rain for days. You don't have to share Myanmar with many other travelers at this time.
For detailed information, read our article: Best Time to Travel to Myanmar
Attractions in Myanmar
Myanmar has an incredible number of attractions to offer. Showing all the sights is beyond the scope of this article. Nevertheless, we want to give you a brief overview of the sights in Myanmar.
For more information and lots of photos, we link to our detailed articles on the respective locations. In addition, we briefly write down how much time you need at least on site and how much time we would recommend. 1 day always means a full day, i.e. two overnight stays.
Almost all travelers visit Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake, but there is also a lot more to discover.
The former capital of Myanmar is still the cultural and economic heart of the country. The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the absolute highlights of any Myanmar trip.
Minimum duration: 1 day / 2 nights
our recommendation: 2 to 3 days
Our hotel: Wai Wai Place Yangon
Read our article on Yangon
Bagan is definitely an absolute must on any trip to Myanmar. The city of over 3,000 temples and pagodas is unique in the world and absolutely impressive.
Minimum duration: 2 days / 3 nights
our recommendation: 3 to 5 days
Our hotel: Motel ZEIN (One of the best hotels of our trip!).
Also read our Bagan article
Also read our experience report about the balloon flight over Bagan
Mandalay and the surrounding area
Mandalay is the second largest city in the country after Yangon and the cultural center of the north. The city itself does not have that many sights and is therefore sometimes left out by travelers.
But that's a mistake, because the area around Mandalay has a variety of great sights: Inwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Monywa (still an insider tip, but absolutely great), Pyin U Lwin, Mingun.
Mandalay is a good starting point for all of these places. Monywa and Pyin U Lwin are a little further away, so you have to consider whether you want to stay there overnight or just take a day tour from Mandalay.
Minimum duration: 3 days / 4 nights (1 day Mandalay, 1 day Amarapura, Inwa and Sagaing, 1 day Monywa)
our recommendation: 5 to 6 days
Our hotel: Hotel 8 (very good value for money!).
Also read our article on Mandalay
Inle Lake is the second major tourist stronghold of Myanmar next to Bagan. There are endless hotels and Western food in abundance here. In our opinion, Inle Lake is not an absolute must-see and that's why we skipped it on our last trip.
Minimum duration: 1 day / 2 nights
our recommendation: 2-3 Days
Bago is only two hours from Yangon and is often underrated as a travel destination. In the small town there is a huge density of impressive temples and pagodas.
Bago is also a good stopover on the way south or north from Yangon.
Minimum duration: half a day / without overnight stay
our recommendation: 1 day to see it all
Our hotel: Kanbawza Hinthar Hotel Bago
Also read our article on Bago
The Golden Rock is one of the most important sanctuaries in Myanmar and is definitely a great photo opportunity. If you drive up with the truck, one night on site is enough.
If you want to run, you should calculate two nights.
Minimum duration: 1 day / 1 night
On foot: 1 day / 2 nights
Our hotel:The Eternity Resort
Also read our article on the Golden Rock
Hpa-an itself is just a sleepy little town with not much to see. But the area has it all. There are countless caves and great landscapes to discover here.
Minimum duration: 1 day / 2 nights
our recommendation: 1-2 days
Our hotel: Galaxy Motel Hpa-an
Also read our article on Hpa-an
Mawlamyaing in the south of the country has its very own flair. We really liked the city with many old colonial buildings and the area around Mawlamyaing also has a lot to offer.
Minimum duration: 1 day / 2 nights
our recommendation: 2-3 Days
Our hotel: Cinderella Hotel Mawlamyaing (Awesome!)
Also read our article on Mawlamyaing
Mrauk U in northwest Myanmar is still an insider tip. Many travelers do not get lost in the area, which is also due to the not very easy journey.
Nevertheless, the old royal city with its many temples and pagodas is definitely an absolute highlight.
Minimum duration: 2 days
our recommendation: 2-3 Days
Our hotel: Mrauk U Princess Resort
Also read our article about Mrauk U
Read about our excursion to the tattooed women of the Chin
More attractions in Myanmar
Of course, that's not all. For the first Myanmar trip, however, the sights presented here are already completely filling the program.
Very interesting for hikers are z. B. Kalaw and Hsipaw, from where you can go on multi-day trekking tours. The Irrawady Delta southwest of Yangon is also an interesting destination that not so many tourists visit yet.
And don't forget: the beaches. Myanmar is not a country where people only go for a beach vacation. Nevertheless, there are great beaches here for a few relaxing days at the end of the trip: Ngapali and Ngwe Saung Beach in the west of the country and still hardly discovered the beaches and islands in the deep south of Myanmar around the places Dawei and Myeik.
Or maybe you are interested in gemstones? Then is the ruby capital Mogok something for you in the northwest of the country.
Book and plan a Myanmar trip
Have you already decided on the travel destination Myanmar? Very good. You will not regret it. In this section you will find out everything about booking your Myanmar trip.
Book flights to Myanmar
Myanmar has three international airports. Almost all travelers start their Myanmar vacation in Yangon, where the country's largest airport is located.
Direct flights from Germany to Yangon are not yet available. The best and cheapest way to fly to Myanmar is currently offered by Emirates.
With a stopover in Dubai, you can fly to Yangon from various German airports. By the way, Emirates always offers the best price on its website, so that you can book your flight directly on the Emirates website without making large comparisons.
To the Emirates flight search to Yangon
By the way, you can also make a longer stopover in Dubai at no extra charge and check out the sights in Dubai. That's how we did it too.
Alternatively, you can combine your Myanmar trip with a stay in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. There are regular cheap connections to Myanmar from the cities mentioned.
You can get a good price comparison on the travel portal 12Go.Asia, where we have often booked our flights within Asia:
To the plane ticket from Bangkok
To the plane ticket from Kuala Lumpur
To the plane ticket from Singapore
Accommodation and hotels in Myanmar
More and more accommodations have been built in Myanmar in recent years. This is urgently needed, because many hotels are fully booked, especially in the high season. We therefore strongly recommend that you book your accommodation in advance.
There are now hotels in all price and comfort categories - from simple backpacker hostels for less than $ 20 a night to luxury hotels for $ 200 and more.
Simple middle-class hotels charge between $ 30 and $ 60 per night. In return, you can expect a clean room with a relatively comfortable bed, air conditioning and a hot shower. Breakfast is always included in Myanmar anyway, mostly it consists of toast, egg, jam and a few fruits.
We also tried a lot of hotels on our one-month trip through Myanmar and give you our accommodation tips in our article for the most important places in Myanmar.
Read our article: Myanmar Hotel Tips. All accommodations of our trip!
You have to think about this before your trip to Myanmar
Is the Myanmar trip booked? Wonderful! There is a little more to do before we start. In this section we will tell you what to think about.
Entry requirements and visa
You need a visa to enter Myanmar, but it is very easy to get. With the visa, you can then stay in the country for 28 days. Your passport must also be valid for at least six months upon arrival.
There are two different ways to apply for your Myanmar visa.
The most convenient way to do this is to apply for an eVisa online. You can do that on the website. You fill out the application online, upload a biometric passport photo of yourself and receive your visa by email after three days at the latest. You print out the visa and show it to immigration.
The eVisa costs $ 50, which you have to pay by credit card when applying. The visa is then valid for 90 days, so you will have to enter the country with it in the next three months. So don't apply too early.
Myanmar tourist visa
If you don't want to apply for your visa online, you can do it in the traditional way by post or in person. The visa then only costs 25 euros.
You have to send your passport and the application to the Embassy of Myanmar in Berlin and you will get everything back after about two weeks. The application form and all other information can be found on the website of the Embassy of Myanmar.
However, we recommend that you do not calculate too tightly, as you never know exactly how long the processing will really take.
If you live in Berlin, you can also visit the embassy in the Thielallee in Dahlem in person. However, you have to go twice as you will not get the visa immediately.
If you are traveling longer in Southeast Asia, you can of course also visit an embassy of Myanmar in one of the neighboring countries.
Extend Myanmar Visa
It is officially not possible to extend your visa for Myanmar. If you still want to stay in the country for more than 28 days, you can simply stay longer.
When you leave the country you will find an extra counter for "Overstay" at passport control. There you pay a fee of $ 3 for every day that you overdrawn your visa.
We did it ourselves and were in Myamar for a total of 33 days. However, when we left the country, the official told us that the overdraft with an eVisa is actually not possible and that you need a normal tourist visa. In the end it was still not a problem and everything worked out.
If you definitely already know that you want to overstay, we would still recommend that you apply for a normal tourist visa instead of an eVisa. You never know whether every officer there looks so easily.
In various sources, an overstay of up to 90 days is described as completely problem-free. Nevertheless, we recommend that you find out whether the laws have changed before you leave. This can always happen very quickly in Myanmar.
The best travel guide for Myanmar
When asked about the best travel guide for Myanmar, in our opinion there is only one answer: The Loose Travel Guide for Myanmar. Well-researched, clear and extensive, it was the perfect companion on our Myanmar trip.
As suitable holiday reading for Myanmar, we recommend the book The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh. A truly captivating novel that takes place over several generations and all against the backdrop of Myanmar and other countries in the region.
Read our article: Myanmar Travel Guide & Travel Literature
What do you have to pack for your Myanmar trip?
For Myanmar, it is advisable to pack light clothing in particular. But you should definitely pack a warm sweater for air-conditioned buses or cool nights.
Sleeveless shirts and extremely short pants are very unusual in Myanmar and are prohibited in temples and pagodas. Shorts should go below the knees and shoulders should always be covered.You should keep this in mind when choosing your clothes and it is best to leave the spaghetti tops, shorts and dresses at home.
Since you always have to take off your shoes in temples and pagodas, flip flops or sandals that you can easily slip into are recommended.
You don't need a power adapter for Myanmar. Standard European plugs will fit into any socket.
You should definitely take sunscreen with you. You only get it very rarely in Myanmar and when it does, it is very expensive.
Another tip for women: tampons are also hard to find in Myanmar. The only option is through City Mart's branches in Yangon and Mandalay. However, you can only get mini tampons there.
If you want more tips on packing, take a look at our packing list Southeast Asia. There we have listed our complete rucksack contents and reveal our best travel accessories to you. Backpacking becomes child's play, although we don't actually see ourselves as classic backpackers.
But before you pack your suitcase or backpack, you should get the heel
Read through Myanmar Behaviors at the end of this article and then make your choice of clothing.
Health and first aid kit
Medical care in Myanmar is unfortunately not yet very good. English speaking doctors are very difficult to find and the facilities in the clinics are not particularly good. It is therefore still recommended to travel to Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur in the event of serious illnesses.
Vaccinations for Myanmar
In principle, the basic vaccination protection recommended in Germany is sufficient for Myanmar. So check if you have been vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria and hepatitis A.
Vaccinations against rabies, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid, cholera and hepatitis B can be useful, especially when traveling to more remote areas or for risk groups.
It is best to get advice from your doctor or the tropical institute. Keep in mind that vaccinations can take a few weeks or even months to complete, so don't start planning too late.
Malaria and dengue fever
Malaria is still a problem in Myanmar, especially in the rainy season. In the tourist areas, the risk is manageable. We did not take any malaria prophylaxis and given the strong side effects, you should think twice about it.
If you are traveling in the rainy season or in very remote areas, however, you should deal with this and ask your doctor about it.
Dengue fever is also more prevalent in Myanmar. Unfortunately, there is still no remedy for this. Regular mosquito repellants and a mosquito net are the best precaution against dengue and malaria.
You can get mosquito spray or mosquito cream in the more touristy areas very well and, above all, much cheaper than in Germany. Outside of the tourist areas, however, it can be difficult to get something.
First aid kit for Myanmar
There are pharmacies everywhere in Myanmar and most medicines are readily available there and very cheap. You can even get antibiotics without a prescription.
Nevertheless, we recommend that you take a certain amount of basic medicine with you. Communication in the pharmacy is not always easy and it is not said that you will always get what you need.
You can also find our first-aid kit for Myanmar in our packing list.
Hygiene and tap water in Myanmar
Tap water in Myanmar is under no circumstances drinkable if it has not been boiled. It is often recommended to use bottled drinking water even to brush your teeth. But we didn't do that and brushed our teeth with tap water. Everything went well too.
Food poisoning and upset stomachs are also the most common ailments that Myanmar travelers experience.
You can never rule that out entirely, but you can at least minimize the risk.
You should definitely not buy sliced fruit (e.g. watermelons) and avoid raw ingredients (e.g. lettuce leaves) in simple restaurants and street stalls.
We ate a lot ourselves in simple restaurants and at street stalls and had no problems. Often the culprits are not to be found there.
Many stomach problems are caused by Western food, as the locals are not so familiar with the ingredients and how they are made and so things can go wrong more quickly.
Money and travel expenses
The subject of money in Myanmar concerns many travelers. Since a lot has changed here in recent years, unfortunately there is also a lot of misinformation to be found online. That's why we want to shed light on the darkness.
Also read our article: Myanmar Money and Travel Expenses
The local currency, the kyat
In Myanmar, the local currency is the kyat. 1000 kyat is the equivalent of about 0.70 euros. 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 5,000 Kyat notes are common. So be prepared to always have a large wad of money with you.
There is now a large network of ATMs where you can get a maximum of 300,000 kyat per withdrawal.
Withdraw money in Myanmar
You can withdraw money with a Visa or Mastercard. For this, the local machine operators charge a fee of between 5,000 and 6,500 kyat per withdrawal. Your local bank or credit card company may also charge a fee. Due to the low withdrawal limit, this can be very expensive.
Our tip: We always use the free credit card from the DKB Bank and can only warmly recommend it. With the card you can pay and withdraw cash free of charge worldwide.
You can find out more about this in our article on the best travel credit card.
Euros and US dollars in Myanmar
For a long time, the US dollar was the most important means of payment in Myanmar. This is no longer the case and you can really pay for everything in kyat. Hotel bills and airline tickets are still shown in US dollars on the bill. You can pay everything in kyat.
Still, there is nothing wrong with taking a few dollars or euros with you in cash. As a nest egg, this is always a good alternative. You can exchange in all banks and also in many hotels.
However, dollar bills must be in perfect condition, otherwise they will not be accepted. Even a small kink or slight signs of use are enough to prevent you from getting rid of the bills. It's not that strict with euro notes.
Travel expenses for Myanmar
Myanmar is often referred to as an expensive travel destination, but we cannot confirm that. In our article linked above, we have detailed our total costs for Myanmar.
Nevertheless, we would like to give you a small overview of the current prices in Myanmar:
Simple hotel room in backpacker style: 15 to 25 euros
Decent hotel room with air conditioning: 25 to 60 euros
Bus trip in a comfortable coach: 5 to 15 euros (depending on the distance)
Domestic flight: 80 to 120 euros
Eating in a simple restaurant: 1.50 to 3 euros
Western food: 4 to 9 euros
Beer in the restaurant (0.65 liter bottle): 1.40 to 2.10 euros
Bottle of water (1 liter): 0.15 to 0.35 euros
Entrance fees for the main attractions: a total of 50 euros
Everything you need to know while traveling in Myanmar
When the Myanmar trip finally starts, we of course also have a few practical tips and information for you.
Transportation on site
The roads in Myanmar are sometimes very long and not always easy. In this section, we'll tell you the best way to get from A to B.
Bus travel in Myanmar
Buses are the main form of transport to get from one place to another in Myanmar. Numerous bus companies operate between the main tourist locations in the country. The prices are low and range from a few euros for short journeys to around 15 euros for long journeys on the night bus.
It is best to always buy tickets on site. Every hotel we have been to has bus tickets and the prices are usually fair too. You should make sure to book a comfortable bus, especially on long journeys.
The vehicles, often referred to as “2 + 1” buses, only have three seats per row, are super comfortable, offer huge legroom and in some cases even have built-in on-board entertainment with various films in the front seat.
The buses are only slightly more expensive than normal buses, but infinitely more comfortable. You should book it a few days in advance if possible.
On longer journeys you have the choice between day and night buses. With night bus trips you save yourself an overnight stay. However, you often arrive at your destination very early, not infrequently as early as 4:00 a.m.
The travel times often depend on the nature of the roads. Here you can buy the bus tickets for the most important routes online:
Bus ticket Yangon - Mandalay: 8-9 hours
Bus ticket Yangon - Inle Lake: 8 hours
Bus ticket Yangon - Bagan: 9-10 hours
Bus ticket Yangon - Golden Rock: 4-5 hours
Bus ticket Yangon - Mawlamyaing: 6-7 hours
Bus ticket Mandalay - Inle Lake: 9-10 hours
Bus ticket Mandalay - Bagan: 5-6 hours
Inle Lake - Bagan bus ticket: 9-10 hours
2 + 1 bus from Mawlamyaing to Yangon
Train travel in Myanmar
Traveling by train in Myanmar is a real experience, but on long journeys it is only something for absolute rail enthusiasts. The trains are slow, uncomfortable and chronically delayed.
We recommend that you take the train for a short distance just to have the experience. For this z. Take, for example, the Yangon - Bago route, which takes about 2 hours by train.
On long journeys the train is a little cheaper than the bus, but it often takes several hours longer and often twice as long.
Domestic flights in Myanmar
The quickest way to get from A to B in Myanmar is the numerous domestic flights that are offered. From Yangon, you can get to almost any destination in the country in about an hour. From the other places there are often few connections to cities other than Yangon.
The prices for domestic flights are stable at around 80 to 120 euros each way and do not change much, regardless of whether you book several weeks in advance or just one day before departure.
Online bookings are now possible with Air Mandalay. Otherwise, it is common to book on-site at travel agencies or at your hotel. It always works quickly and easily.
Private drivers in Myanmar
It is also possible to cover individual routes in Myanmar with a private driver. Depending on the distance and difficulty of the route, you will pay between 100 and 500 dollars for this.
It is also best to find private drivers on site. As always, the hotel is a good point of contact here.
Taxis, tuk tuks, ox carts and more
There are various means of transport for short distances. Pick-ups, which often have a large number of passengers on their loading areas, are often used for short distances between two locations. A trip with it is definitely an experience.
There are taxis in the big cities. There is no taximeter, a fixed price is agreed before the journey. The same applies to tuk tuks and motorcycle taxis, which are also available in many places.
Overall, the prices are very fair and you don't pay huge tourist surcharges. The best thing to do is to ask at your accommodation how much the planned route by taxi will cost.
In very remote areas, ox carts are still used for transport. With that you are hardly faster than on foot. But hey, drive ox carts! Who can say that they have done that before?
Transfer from the airport
Most travelers arrive at Yangon Airport. There is a taxi stand in the arrivals hall where you can state your destination and then find out the fare and be assigned to a taxi driver.
A trip to the city center costs around 7,000 kyat and depending on traffic it takes between 30 and 90 minutes.
If you arrive in Mandalay, you will also need a taxi. Here you pay 12,000 kyat for a trip to the center of the city.
to eat and drink
The food in Myanmar is very diverse and delicious. The cuisine has influences from Thailand, India and Sri Lanka, but still has a very individual style.
Typical dishes in Myanmar
A classic of the local cuisine are curries, which should not be confused with the Thai variant. In simple restaurants there are often numerous pots with different curries based on meat, fish or vegetables. You choose one or more and then get a lot of other plates with side dishes. Very tasty and very cheap!
Each region also has its own specialties. Shan noodles from the state of the same name, which are available in numerous forms as a salad or soup, are very well-known and delicious.
Also the Kachin cuisine with its very special curries and the northwest cuisine of the Rakhine State, where the cooking is much spicier, are not to be despised.
The mohinga is also very popular. It is a fish soup with noodles, which the locals mainly eat for breakfast.
Breakfast in Myanmar
Breakfast is usually always included in hotels in Myanmar. Except in luxury hotels, the offer is often very similar: toast, fried eggs, jam, fruit. If you're lucky, they'll also have pancakes.
Alternatively, many hotels also offer local dishes for breakfast. This is not for everyone, but it is usually more delicious than the standard breakfast.
Drinks in Myanmar
There is water on every corner in 1 liter bottles for a small price. Coca Cola is flooding the country with its soft drinks, which you can now buy everywhere. The local Star Cola, on the other hand, has now completely disappeared from stores.
The best beer in the country is Myanmar Beer, which is also available everywhere. Wine is even grown in the region around Inle Lake. We tried it and it wasn't bad at all. The local whiskey shouldn't be wrong either. At least that is what other travelers have assured us very credibly.
You can now get coffee in tourist areas too. However, the quality fluctuates very strongly. In more remote areas there is often only instant coffee, mostly mixed with 80% sugar, whitening agent and a little bit of coffee.
Tip in Myanmar
Tipping is rather uncommon in Myanmar. Tips are not expected in simple restaurants and street stalls. If you leave something there, it can even happen that someone runs after you and brings you your remaining money. Tips are also not expected in taxis.
In many hotels your suitcase or backpack is carried into the room and this does not only apply to expensive hotels. We never had the feeling that a tip was expected for it.
Most of the time the porters disappeared so quickly that we had no way of giving them anything. In very expensive hotels it may be different.
Porters at bus stations or ports, however, usually expect a small tip. Here around 500 kyat is a reasonable amount.
Tips are welcome in more expensive restaurants. If your bill is brought to you in a folder, you are also happy to receive a tip. On the other hand, a service charge is already included in many expensive restaurants.
Guides look forward to a small tip or an invitation to dinner. 3,000 to 5,000 per day is appropriate.
Internet in Myanmar
What kind of horror stories did we hear on the Internet in Myanmar before our trip. So we were all the more surprised at how well it ultimately worked.
W-Lan is now available in almost all hotels. However, the connection here is actually very bad and rarely useful. Sometimes it is enough to check simple things like emails or social media. But often it doesn't work at all.
The magic word is therefore: Mobile Internet. In the past few years, the mobile network has been expanded across the board in Myanmar, so that you can now surf reliably with your mobile device almost anywhere.
We both bought a local SIM card. We were able to surf the web with our smartphones and via a hotspot with our laptops on the Internet. The connection is completely sufficient for normal work. Even streaming videos often works very well. We even uploaded some of our Myanmar videos via this connection and some of them are almost 1 GB in size.
Our tip: We have a small mobile WIFI router with us. With this you often have better reception than when your card is in your mobile phone. So you can add an additional SIM card e.g. B. use only for the router.
The best provider for a data SIM is Ooredoo. There is a sales counter right inside Yangon Airport. If it is too full there, you can get the SIM cards at many sales outlets in the city.
The prices for data packages are very cheap and range from 1 GB for 3,000 kyat (EUR 2.10) to 40 GB for 50,000 kyat (EUR 35). You can get credit cards to top up in many shops. The red Ooredoo signs are just everywhere.
With a drone to Myanmar
On our trip to Myanmar, we had a small drone in our luggage for the first time. However, at the beginning we weren't sure whether we would even be allowed to fly it in the country.
The fact is: There is currently no drone legislation in Myanmar, but apparently it is currently being worked on. We flew the drone a few times and never had any problems. We also saw other drone pilots in Myanmar from time to time.
A few years ago the authorities did not like flying and there are reports that some pilots had to give up their drones. In the meantime it is no longer handled that way, but of course we cannot guarantee it.
Incidentally, in front of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, there was a sign that the use of drones is prohibited on the premises. Conversely, one could think that it would then be allowed in other places. But you don't know anything for sure.
Danger: A reader told us that his drone was confiscated on a domestic flight and that he didn't get it back until the end of the trip. So there seem to be some rules.
We therefore generally recommend that you do not fly in places where there are many people and of course not near military areas or police stations, not near airports anyway.
If you want to see what Bagan looks like from above, watch our little drone video from Myanmar:
Security in Myanmar
Overall, Myanmar is a very safe country. The crime rate against travelers is very low. Sure, there are black sheep here too. Still, it is more likely that your lost wallet will be carried after you than it will be robbed.
A certain amount of common sense should of course be displayed here as well. Then nothing stands in the way of a relaxed journey.
Even if everything seems very peaceful in the tourist regions, there are still many areas in Myanmar where there is fighting. These zones are taboo for tourists, but this should always be kept in mind.
In Shan State in the northeast and in Rakhine State in the northwest of the country, it is still very uneasy and there are bloody clashes.
Language and communication on site
English is relatively easy to get along with in Myanmar. Still, it doesn't hurt to master a few words in the local language.
We honestly admit that we didn't get beyond “Hello” and “Thank you”. But these two words bring a lot:
Good afternoon - Mingalarbar
Thank you - Jay to tin bar deh (pronounced: Dschässu Tinbardeh)
Thank you - Jay zu bae (spoken: Dschässuba)
Rules of conduct in Myanmar
Myanmar is a very open and tolerant country towards its guests. The locals are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Unfortunately, not all travelers are equally kind and respectful of the people of Myanmar.
There are just a few simple rules of conduct that should be observed in Myanmar.
For clothing in general and in temples and pagodas
In temples and pagodas, men and women should always have their shoulders covered and wear pants that come down to at least their knees.
Unfortunately, not everyone sticks to it, but it's not that difficult at all. If you don't want to wear long clothes, you can just take a scarf with you and hang it around in a temple.
Appropriate clothing is also important outside of temples and pagodas, especially for women. For 99 percent of Burmese women, a skirt that ends above the knees is unthinkable.
Out of respect, one should always dress appropriately in Myanmar. For women this means no shorts or skirts that are shorter than the knee, no wide-cut t-shirts or tops.
In the tourist strongholds, such as Bagan and on Inle Lake, one is used to the sight of scantily clad tourists, but especially in the more remote areas, such as in Mrauk U, one should adapt to the habits of the locals out of respect.
During our entire Myanmar tour, Jenny traveled through the country in long trousers or a long dress.
Shoes and socks must always be removed in temples and pagodas. This is also very strictly observed everywhere. Shoes are also taken off in homes, hotel rooms and sometimes in shops.
Locals usually kneel in front of Buddha statues to show their respect. To take pictures, you should always stay behind the believers or on the edge or simply kneel down yourself.
To take pictures
In general, most of the locals like to be photographed. Nevertheless, there are exceptions and they should be respected. Before we, e.g. B. at a market, taking photos of people, we always ask for permission.
All you have to do is smile or nod and point at the camera. If someone does not want to be photographed, we will of course accept that. Unfortunately, there are very few tourists who see it the same way. We urge you to do the same.
Children should never be petted on the head in Myanmar. This gesture, which is completely normal for us, is extremely disrespectful in Myanmar. And still very important: you neither give children money (if they ask for euros or want to exchange euros for kyat) nor do you buy anything from them.
We know that cute kids have a hard time rejecting something, but you are doing them no good. Parents deliberately send their children to sell instead of to school, as they are of course aware that tourists cannot take the children's eyes off.
To respectful behavior
Overall, the locals are very friendly and calm. That is why it is not appropriate to raise your voice. Scolding loudly is considered extremely rude and will definitely only make any situation worse.
You can always go a long way in Myanmar with a smile. Be friendly to the locals and you will definitely get it back. Going around the world with a smile has never hurt anyone anyway.
More tips for your Myanmar trip?
Phew, that turned out to be quite a long post. We hope he will help you with the planning and preparation and during your Myanmar trip.
We wish you a great time in this great country and hope that it enchants you as much as it does us.
Do you have another question? Or maybe a tip that is missing from this article? What was your experience in Myanmar? We look forward to every comment.
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