Myanmar/Burma

Myanmar

Many people have no associations hearing the word 'Myanmar'. The greater surprise turns out to be Myanmar! My former name is Burma and although the term has not been officially used for a long time (its official name is the Republic of the Union of Myanmar), by foreign governments and also citizens of other countries of the world this country is still called Burma. It's a fascinating place where time seems to have stopped and where it's worth going on vacation! What can you expect? What is this wonderful country famous for and where exactly is Myanmar?

Culture and tourism

Myanmar is a country with a very interesting history and many places worth visiting. Interest in this country is constantly growing. In fact, for the average tourist it has only been open for a few years and probably because of mystery and exoticism more and more people want to see the old Burma with their own eyes. The people there are very polite, the landscape is often agricultural and forest (half of the country is covered by forests), and the culture is really unusual - the dominant religion is Buddhism, the writing is completely different than in Europe, and the basic ethnic group is the Burmese (basmarians), who use the Burmese language.

Basic information

Burma is becoming a more and more popular travel destination. Myanmar is a medium-sized country that is located in Southeast Asia on the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, along the Irawadi River. It's easier to imagine its location if we hear that it borders with China, Thailand, India, Laos and Bangladesh. The climate prevailing in the country is described as monsoon, so we distinguish two main seasons there, depending on the blowing winds - summer and winter. The summer monsoon carries rain - what to know when going to this country.

  • Area: 676 578 km²
  • Population: 51 419 420
  • PKB per capita: 1 410 USD

Naypyidaw

Kyat(MMK)
1 USD = 1131 MMK

The currency can most often be exchanged at banks or hotels.
Recently, it is also possible to exchange EUR.

Warning! Please note that the banknotes to be exchanged must be in perfect condition (without folds) - otherwise they may not be accepted.

When entering Myanmar you must have a visa. It is possible to obtain a visa at Mjama's diplomatic missions around the world (cost is 40 USD), but a more convenient option is to use an e-visa. We pay for the visa online, and during the entry we pick up a passport sticker that entitles us to stay in Myanmar 28 days.
http://www.evisa.moip.gov.mm/ (Visa application)
https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/NoticetoTourists.aspx (Travel information)

Voltage: 230V, both flat and flat plugs, mixed in many places (with or without grounding). It is worth buying a universal socket adapter.

Roaming works, sometimes it is required to enable the "roaming to: Burma" option with the operator (it is worth checking before leaving). SIM cards are widely available and very cheap. After purchase, registration is not required.

In Rangoon, Manadaley or Bagan, all hotels offer WiFi, but its speed may not be satisfactory. In smaller cities there may be a problem with internet access.
If you want to use the mobile internet, you should buy a Telenor card (recommended operator, good signal).

We avoid: ice in drinks in street restaurants, touching someone's head and pointing with a foot, talking about politics, touching Buddha statues. We avoid lonely escapades to the jungle - there is a danger of min.

Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (DTP); Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; polio; typhoid. Vaccination for yellow fever is mandatory if we fly to Myanmar from a country that is at risk of this disease.
We also recommend consulting with a travel medicine doctor for anti-malarial prophylaxis.

We take off our shoes in temples, churches and private homes. In places of religious worship, we wear a modest dress that covers the shoulders, neckline and knees. In many temples there are places inaccessible to women.

Taxis are the best means of transport. There are also buses between cities and the railway is poorly developed. Between the largest cities there is a possibility of transport by plane (the flight takes about 1 hour).

Medical care is generally available. A visit to a doctor in a state hospital is practically free (not applicable to medicines). The level of medical services does not meet European standards, in more complex cases air transport to Bangkok is necessary.

The kitchen is varied, its basis is rice (one person in Myanmar consumes 200 kg of rice a year). It is full of local flavors with influences of Indian (cardamom, curry, roti) and Chinese cuisine.
Alcohol: beer, local whiskey and rum.
We eat with a spoon and fork or hands.

THREE TYPES OF HOLIDAYS ARE
a) BUDDHIST

b) NATIONAL LIBERATION

c) REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL

1 JANUARY - INTERNATIONAL NEW YEAR

JANUARY 4 - INDEPENDENCE DAY

JANUARY / FEBRUARY - CHINESE NEW YEAR

JANUARY 23-27 - WATER FESTIVAL

MAY 1 - WORK DAY

  • It is not generally used, but it is usual to say "bo" to white tourists.
  • Myaww / Polaan

Unit 605-607, 6th Floor, Athenee Tower,
Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan,
Bangkok 10330, Tajlandia
Telefon: +66 (2) 079 7300

  • Myanmar is one of the three countries next to Liberia and the USA that has not accepted the SI metric system. So a peiktha (viss) of 2 kg is used here.
  • Myanmar is the only country in the world where you drive cars with a steering wheel on the right in right-hand traffic.