Get ready for a trip of a lifetime! Myanmar is a fascinating nation, and the following FAQs will provide travelers with more insight into preparation for and enjoyment of their journey to this Southeast Asian gem.
Yes, there are. ATMs are widely found in Yangon and other major cities. If you are traveling to rural areas, you’ll be well served by having enough cash on you. Except for major hotels, few places accept credit cards.
The currency in Myanmar is MMK or Myanmar Kyat (pronounced ‘chat’ – the ‘ky’ is a ‘ch’ sound). Please check the website of the central bank of Myanmar for an up to date exchange rate. Kyat notes are available in denominations of 1000, 5000 and 10,000.
Myanmar is 6.5 hours ahead of GMT. Yes, your read that right – Myanmar is one of 15 countries worldwide that has a half hour time difference, to allow for the sun to be more precisely directly up at noon.
The following vaccinations are recommended before traveling to Myanmar:
Please consult with your doctor and get their recommendation as well.
Yes, you can. E-visas are available to citizens of 100 countries for a fee of $50. Please visit this website for more information on the e-visa: http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/
If you have an unlocked phone, you can pop a Myanmar SIM card into your phone. There are three telecom companies active in Myanmar: MPT, Telenor and Ooredoo. All three have kiosks at the airports or can be bought in any small shop.
Learn more about responsible tourism in Myanmar and how you can be a part of it by using Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism Dos and Don’ts.