Myanmar’s way of life will take you back – to time when temples glittered on every horizon and every breath was an act of worship.
Centuries ago in the land of Burma, people lived simple agrarian lives and devoted themselves to Buddhism. Today, little has changed in the modern Burmese state of Myanmar. Men still wear traditional longyi and pilgrims trek for miles to visit sacred sites. With its countless pagoda, stupas and statues of Buddha, Myanmar is a relic of the East barely touched by Western influence.
Myanmar (Burma) travel highlights
Pilgrimage to Golden rock
Picture a golden boulder about the size of a two-storey house balancing on the edge of a mountaintop. Now picture a resplendent golden temple sitting on top of that boulder – the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda defies all belief.
Wander through a city of temples in Bagan
When the city of Bagan was founded over 1000 years ago, it had over 10,000 pagodas, temples and monasteries. Over 4,000 crumbling structures remain in this beautiful yet eerie plain.
Climb to the peak of Mount Popa
777 steps trail like a colourful serpent to the precipice of this inactive volcano. At the top, the ancient shrine sparkles like a gem.
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Myanmar (Burma) tour reviews
Our Myanmar (Burma) trips score an average of 4.85 out of 5 based on 88 reviews in the last year.
Burma Unveiled (Myanmar), January 2016
Very interesting country. Biggest tip would be to bring a warm jacket as well a layers, especially for around Inle Lake it gets really cold in the evening.
Review submitted 04 Feb 2016
Burma Encompassed (Myanmar), December 2015
When visiting Myanmar take undamaged $USD100 notes and not smaller denomination for exchange as smaller denomination has a lesser exchange rate than $100 notes.
Review submitted 01 Feb 2016
Myanmar (Burma) holiday information
Myanmar (Burma) facts
Capital city Yangon Popu...
Local culture of Myanmar (Burma)
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Geography & environment
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Shopping guide to Myanmar (Burma)
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Myanmar (Burma) festival calendar
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Food & drink in Myanmar (Burma)
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Myanmar (Burma) travel FAQs
- Australia: Yes - in advance
- Belgium: Yes - in advance
- Canada: Yes - in advance
- Germany Yes - in advance
- Ireland: Yes - in advance
- Netherlands: Yes - in advance
- New Zealand: Yes - in advance
- South Africa: Yes - in advance
- Switzerland: Yes - in advance
- United Kingdom: Yes - in advance
- USA: Yes - in advance
Most nationalities can obtain a tourist visa using a eVisa system. For information on obtaining an eVisa visit website: http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/
Important to note when applying for an eVisa:
- Passport validity must have at least (6) months validity from date of return.
- You will need to present one colour photo (4cm X 6cm) taken within the last 3 months and a copy of your return ticket.
- Length of stay is 28 days from the date of arrival in Myanmar.
- The eVisa fee is US$50 per person, payable by credit card (note: visa fee is non-refundable should the eVisa be denied)
- The processing time is approximately 3 working days for granting an eVisa however we recommend allowing longer in the event of delays.
- The validity of eVisa approval letter is 90 days from the date of issue. If it has expired, entry will be denied.
- eVisas are applicable for single entry into Burma only and you will not be permitted to re-enter on an eVisa that you have previously entered on (multiple entries not possible).
- eVisas are only obtainable if you are arriving into Yangon International Airport, Nay Pyi Taw International Aiport and Mandalay International Airport. If arriving into another Burma entry point you will need to apply for your visa in advance through a Burmese Embassy.
Nationalities who are unable to obtain an eVisa should contact the Burma embassy in their country of residency. Note - you may be requested to provide a letter of invitation from a local Burmese ground operator. In such cases please contact Intrepid to attain this letter and we will forward it to you.
Tipping isn’t customary or expected in Myanmar, however with many Burmese earning a low wage, you may like to offer a tip to show your gratitude for the service.
Internet services are not reliable in Myanmar. While some large cities have internet access, sites like gmail, Facebook, Skype and Yahoo are often blocked. Myanmar is not a country that relies heavily on technology, so expect to have limited access to technology while traveling here.
Mobile phone access is unreliable in Myanmar. Services are temperamental and depending on your provider and phone type, may not work at all. Travelling through Burma is a great opportunity to take a break from the demands of modern life.
Most toilets in Burma are squat toilets and can be quite basic compared to standards you’re used to. Soap and toilet paper isn’t always provided, so you may like to carry some with you. Some hotels and high-end restaurants may have western style toilets that cater to travellers.
- Street food snack = 300-400 MMK
- Bottle of beer in a bar or restaurant = 1500-2000 MMK
- Banquet in a small, locally-run restaurant = 2000-3000 MMK
- Dinner in a high-end hotel restaurant = 10,000+ MMK
Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Myanmar. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.
Myanmar does business in cash, so your credit card and travellers cheques won’t be accepted.
These days, there are a few ATMs around in Myanmar, however they are often unreliable, out of service, or have limits on how much you can withdraw. Your safest option is to bring US Dollars or Euro with you into the country and then exchange it for the local currency on arrival.
Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their Myanmar trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
For more information on insurance, please go to: http://www.peregrineadventures.com/how-we-can-help/our-services
For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/myanmar/public-holidays