Myanmar is the second largest country in South-East Asian Peninsular sharing borders with Bangladesh, India, China, Laos & Thailand. It has a total area of 676, 577 Myanmar is the name which used by its people to describe their homeland but the British called Burma. It is also known as the Golden Land not only for its golden pagodas but for its rich land and the wealth of its agriculture and natural resources.


The climate of Myanmar is a tropical climate with three seasons. The rainy season during the south-west monsoon from mid-May to mid-October, the cool season (Winter) from mid-October to mid-February and the hot season (Summer) from mid-February to mid- May. The best time to visit Myanmar is from October to April.


There is 58 million of population in Myanmar and over 80% of them are Theravada Buddhists. The rests are Christians, Muslims, Hindus and some animists.


Myanmar lies on the cross-road of two of the world’s great civilization–China and India, but its culture is neither that of India nor China exclusively, but a blend of both interspersed with Myanmar native traits and characteristics. The people have preserved the traditions of close family ties, respect for the elders, and reverence for Buddhism. Myanmars are contented and cheerful even in the face of adversities and known for their simple hospitality and friendliness.


All foreign currencies (above US D 2000), jewelleries, electrical goods and professional video cameras must be declared to the Customs at the Airport. Export of antiques is totally prohibited. Only gems and jewelleries purchased at the licensed dealers, or who can issue an export permit are allowed to be taken out of the country. Visitors may bring in duty free 200 cigarettes, one quart of wine and one pint of perfume.


GMT + 6.5 hours


220 VOLT 50 HZ


Domestic air services have greatly improved over recent years. However, railways, bus and steamer services are still need for improvement for the convenience of the visitors. The clients of KINNARI TRAVEL will travel by reliable Private Airlines and by airconditioned vehicles. In remote areas, air-conditioned car or bus may not always be available and travelers should be advised that the conditions of roads in Myanmar are not the same. For this reason, long distance travel usually takes longer than that might be expected.


Baggage allowance on domestic flights is limited to 20 kg. Excess luggage will charge US$ 2/kg but one golf set per person is not chargeable. Moreover you can leave the extra baggage in Yangon and collect it end of the trip.


  • Foreign Currency can be exchanged at Yangon International Airport and Licensed Exchange Counters. Credit Cards Master Card/Visa Card can be used at International Hotels and Some Supermarkets.
  • The American dollar and the Euro are the most attractive currency which can be used in the country. As for the other currencies like Thai Bath, Singapore $,…..etc, exchange rate in here is less interesting than elsewhere.
  • Starting from the end of 2011, government allowed the private banks to open official exchange counter at the airport. We recommend to exchange at the airport as the exchange rate is more than at the black market.
  • We accept payments by preferred credit cards: Visa and MasterCard which involves a foreign currency transaction via a foreign third party handler. Credit Card transaction involves two foreign exchange transactions, i.e conversions from USD to a third currency and then back to USD resulting in a significant transaction cost.
  • Cash is still widely used however, credit cards are becoming popular in larger centers. It is recommented to carry a small amount of US Dollars. Euros and Singapore dollars can also be changed at banks and official money changers. No other foreign correncies are accepted.


Myanmar arts and crafts, mostly pure hand-made, are best souvenirs and prices are very reasonable. Lacquerware, wood and ivory carvings, tapestries, silverware, brassware, silk and cotton fabrics and shoulder-bags are some of the favourite items. For jewellery, there are Myanmar rubies, sapphires, jade and pearls available at Myanmar gems shops. All gems and jewellery purchased should be made through the government licensed dealers, who can give a voucher for export.


Light clothing is required all year-round, but a sweater or jacket may be needed in hilly areas, especially during winter months. If visiting during rainy season (May – September) an umbrella or raincoat will be required. It is required to dress decently within the precincts of religious buildings. Shoes and socks must be removed at pagodas and monasteries. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Disregarding these rules will seriously cause cultural and religious offence to the devout Myanmar people.


Travelers are advised to keep away from those who may approach them to exchange foreign currency or to sell gems of dubious quality. Travelers are also advised not to drink tap water, purified bottled water is available everywhere.


It is advisable to purchase travel insurance for comprehensive protection against travelling overseas to protect of accidental / medical expenses / baggage losses.


Yangon International airport tax is US $ 15 and 2000 Kyats for domestic flights.


Not required unless you are coming from an infected area.


The same precautions as anywhere else, drink only bottled water. Do not eat raw vegetables: only eat fruits that you can peel or cut yourself. Beware of eating food from street stalls. Use insect repellent when necessary and use sunscreen liberally when exposed to the intense, tropical sun.


Orange and Myanmar Posts & Telecommunications signed a roaming agreement connecting Myanmar’s mobile telecoms network to the rest of the world.

Thanks to this milestone partnership, travelers from a large proportion of countries in the world can use roaming services in Myanmar, enabling them to stay in contact with their friends, families or business contacts back home. At the same time, MPT’s mobile customers travelling abroad are also benefit from improved international connectivity allowing them to use their mobiles while in other countries.

This partnership allows Myanmar Posts & Telecommunications to rapidly deploy a roaming solution covering 150 countries that meets international GSM standards.

Dos & Don’ts For Tourists

  1. The Myanmar people are friendly, helpful and polite.
  2. Respect the Myanmar people and their unique traditions.
  3. Don’t take any photos that may make people feel embarrassed.
  4. Do smile.
  5. Don’t point with your foot.
  6. Wear decent clothes when visiting religious sites.
  7. Do tuck away your feet.
  8. Don’t touch anyone on the head.
  9. Please learn the basic words in Myanmar language.
  10. Women travelers are very safe in Myanmar.
  11. Don’t kiss in public.
  12. Don’t disturb people praying or meditating.
  13. Calling with your finger up means calling for a challenge.
  14. Please learn the local customs before visiting ethnic minority villages.
  15. Do try Myanmar traditional transport facilities. It’s sustainable and benefits the locals.
  16. Visitors may experience electricity outages.
  17. Don’t touch the robe of a monk.
  18. Spread your wealth, use your money wisely.
  19. Myanmar is a cultural destination.
  20. Myanmar currency should be exchange at the official exchange counters and banks.
  21. If tourists wish to help the people of Myanmar, they should consider creative ways to contribute to communities, not to individuals.
  22. Giving money or sweets to children is not advisable.
  23. Myanmar people are delighted when tourists participate in their festivals.
  24. Using drugs is illegal in Myanmar.
  25. Help protect Myanmar wildlife by refusing to purchase wildlife products.
  26. To maintain Myanmar’s unique heritage, do not buy antiques. Buy arts and crafts instead.
  27. Help us keep Myanmar clean.
  28. Practice safe sex.
  29. Do not go where you are advised not to go.
  30. Relax and enjoy your holiday.

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