- Official name: Republic of the Union of Myanmar
- Capital city: Naypyidaw
- Population: 53.37 million
- Language: Burmese
- Local time: GMT+6.30
- Power voltage: 230 V, 50 Hz
- Dialing code: +95
Yellow, green and red stripes symbolize solidarity, peace and tranquility while the white star stands for the unity of the country
Do I need a visa to travel to Myanmar?
Travellers from Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macao, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam don’t need a visa to visit Myanmar for a period of 14 – 30 days depending on nationality.
Chinese and Indian passport holders can pick-up a tourist visa on arrival at Yangon or Mandalay International Airports for USD 50. The majority of other nationalities can obtain an E-visa here at least 3 days before your intended date of arrival. The cost for a 28-day tourist visa is USD 50 and port of entry includes a number of border crossings by land or air.
What kind of currency is used in Myanmar?
The official currency of Myanmar is the Burmese Kyat (MMK), which has the value of 1560 MMK = 1 USD. Please note MMK are virtually useless outside of Myanmar, so make sure to change the majority of your local currency back to USD, EUR, or GBP before exiting the country at either the airport or reputable exchange shops with a good rate.
What is the national language of Myanmar?
While there are over 100 languages spoken in Myanmar, the official language of the country is Burmese. Compared to other Southeast Asian countries, English speakers are more difficult to find in Myanmar outside of big cities and luxury hotels and resorts. Here are some basic Burmese phrases you may find useful on your up-coming trip to Myanmar.
- Hello/ Goodbye: Min ga la ba
- Thank you: Chay tzoo tin bah teh
- Sorry: Wun neh ba deh
- Yes: Ho de
- No: Ma ho bu
- Help: Keh ba
- How much: Be lau le
- So expensive: Zei mya de
- Can i have a discount: Nae nae htat shot pay par oo
- I don’t understand: Na ma le ba bu
How is the access to Wi-Fi?
Don’t worry! The internet connection in Myanmar is REALLY fast, allowing you to freely access WiFi in most hotels, shops, restaurants, and convenience stores.
What should I eat while visiting Myanmar?
Start your day right with a bowl of Mohinga
This salad packs an earthy yet citrus punch
Think you can finish it all?
The interesting mix of flavours never fail to please
Is Myanmar a safe destination?
Generally speaking, yes, Myanmar is a safe destination to visit. However, it is advised that you have a full and comprehensive travel insurance as the quality of medical care can be quite basic in case of accident.
There are some road safety issues like dodgy pavements, pot-holes, and chaotic traffic patterns, so be careful when you are walking, cycling or driving, and under no circumstances drink the tap water. Make sure the water you buy is in a sealed bottle or boiled for tea.
Respect the culture
A Myanmarese wearing traditional clothing on Ubein Bridge in Amarapura
What to wear?
Eating and drinking tips