||676577 sq km (about the size of United
Kingdom and France combined)
||Naypyidaw (Pyinmanar) Changed
from Yangon on 27 March 2006
Yangon (Rangoon) is the city for
trade, economy and culture.
||Myanmar (English is widely used)
||One of the safest countries in the world
|Photography & Video
||Myanmar is a very photogenic country.
Recommended to bring lots of film or video
tapes with you.
||220~240 V, 50Hz.
(Country Code - 95)
||IDD Telephone & Fax facilities are
available at most hotels in Myanmar. E-mail
facilities are now available at some hotels
and companies in Yangon and Mandalay.
||Recommended to drink only bottled
||Many good restaurants in Yangon. Myanmar
food and Chinese food are popular throughout
the country. Myanmar food is influenced by
the Indian and Chinese cuisines. European
food is available in most tourist centers
and hotels. Eating at street stands is not
||Many hotels in Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan
and Inle. The range of hotel quality extends
from local guest houses to 5 star
||1 US$ = 1 FEC
FEC notes : 1, 5, 10, 20
Kyat notes : 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 45, 50, 90,
100, 200, 500, 1000
Payments can be made in FEC (US$) for
Trains, Flight, Hotels, some Restaurants and
||Over 85% of the Myanmar People embrace
Theravada Buddhism. Others follow
Christianity, Islam, Hinduism or Animism.
||Myanmar has tropical weather with three
seasons. The Dry Season runs from
mid-February to mid-May. The Rainy Season
which comes with the South-West Monsoon
lasts from mid-May to mid-October. The Cold
Season from November to February. But dry
zone like Mandalay and Bagan do not get much
rain even in the rainy season. The best time
to visit Myanmar is from October to February
when the temperature is moderate and dry. In
summer, the temperature raises to about 40
Degrees Celsius with much sunshine.
||Light cotton clothing is most
appropriate especially for the long hot
summer months. Long sleeve sweaters, light
jackets are suitable in Hill stations like
Pyin Oo Lwin. Sandals are suitable. Remember
to take off your shoes and socks before
entering into temples and pagodas.
|What to Bring
||Generally, goods can be bought at
reasonable prices in Myanmar. However, the
following things should be brought with you.
1. Flash Light
2. Insect Spray
3. Sun Cream
5. Cameras with plenty of films
6. Rubber sandals
||Many different arts, crafts and antiques
are available throughout Myanmar.
Hand-Crafted Lacquerware, mostly produced in
Bagan, comes in all shapes and sizes.
Embroidered Cottons and Wood Carvings also
make good souvenirs. Myanmar is, of course,
renowned for its precious stones,
particularly rubies. You should only buy
from government licensed shops which must
issue an official receipt.
Visa on Arrival
The basis documents required for visa on
arrival are as follows;
(1)Passport or travel document of which
validity is not less than 6 months on
(2)Arrival Tourist Visa fee is US$ 30 per
entry. They will allow 28 days and don't
allow to apply extension for Tourist Visa.
(3)Arrival Business Visa fee is US$ 40 per
entry. They will allow 71 days and can apply
extension for Business Visa.
(4)Arrival Social Visa fee is US$ 40 per
entry. They will allow 28 days and can apply
extension for Social Visa.
(5)Arrival Transit Visa fee is US$ 18 per
entry and can stay 24 hours.
(6)Must have return air ticket for
(7)Must stay at hotels, motels and guest
houses which have licence of the Ministry of
Hotels and Tourism. Must mention the exact
(8)Must bring two photos(4-6 cm) which are
made within six month of arrival day.
(9)The form for Visa on Arrival can have in
advance at the airline.