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 4.81 out of 5 based on 132 reviews in the last year.
Thailand-Burma Railway - Limited Edition, November 2017
We enjoyed the small group. This was similar to other bus trip we haven't taken.
Review submitted 04 Dec 2017
Thailand-Burma Railway - Limited Edition, November 2017
The best way I can describe the trip is that it was physically and emotionally challenging and I loved it because it matched my anthropological interests. Myanmar is very 3rd world and listening to the others on the trip it was different from Vietnam (which I plan to go to next) and Thailand. The challenges: physically it was very warm and got very humid, you could easily get seriously dehydrated but fortunately the Peregrine guide arranged for there to be lots of water on board. There is also some demanding walks and sometimes this was in bare feet to suit the rules of the temple which always required temple dress (no knees or shoulders showing). There is also times when you are in a van traveling over very bumping dirt roads; some people hated this while others made it part of the adventure. Accommodation arranged by Peregrine ranged from basic (bed and ensuite) to 5 star and this usually reflected the availability of services in the remote areas. Our guide was very protective of us and made sure we ate in ‘safe’ places. The emotional challenges for me came from being immersed in the history of the POWs. We visited several cemeteries in Myanmar and this was quite moving when you realized the number of people involved in this far east campaign. This theme continued into Thailand where we joined in the service commemorating Armistice Day and the bridge over the river Kwai. Would I recommend this trip to others? Yes but I would make sure they understand that Myanmar is a developing country and I would not say that the trip was fun but instead VERY interesting.
Review submitted 03 Dec 2017
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Myanmar (Burma) travel FAQs
Most nationalities require a visa to visit Myanmar, and 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 Myanmar 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, as well as land border crossings at Tachileik, Myawaddy and Kawthaung. If arriving into another Myanmar entry point you will need to apply for your visa in advance through a Myanmar Embassy.
Nationalities who are unable to obtain an eVisa should contact the Myanmar embassy in their country of residency.
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.
The availability of Internet is increasing in Myanmar, with wifi and access points in most hotels. However, Internet speeds are often very slow and unreliable, particularly in rural areas. Myanmar is not a country that relies heavily on technology, so expect to have limited access to technology while traveling here.
International roaming with an increasing number of western mobile networks is now possible in Myanmar; the situation is rapidly changing, so it is best to check with your provider in advance. Tourist SIM cards can also be purchased at international airports and some post offices.
Most toilets in Myanmar 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. Most hotels and high-end restaurants will have western style toilets that cater to travellers.
Street food snack = 500-1000 MMK
Bottle of beer in a bar or restaurant = 2000-2500 MMK
Banquet in a small, locally-run restaurant = 3000-5000 MMK
Dinner in a high-end hotel restaurant = 15,000+ 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.
Credit cards can be used in some hotels, restaurants and shops however use will be very limited. Myanmar is still largely a cash economy, so it is best to still carry local currency.
There are a ATMs in cities and most major towns 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