Traveling Tips

 

  • Accommodations : 

Over 16,000+ hotel rooms of all categories to suit each traveler’s price range.

  • Banking / Money Exchange : 

 Local private banks are licensed to exchange foreign currencies. Money exchangers are found everywhere.

  •  Business Hours :

9am-5pm for private companies and government offices, Monday through Friday.

  • Credit Cards :

Credit Cards are not widely accepted. Cash is always more convenient.

  • Currency : 

National currency is Kyat (MMK), it is pronounced as “chat”. The notes are 1, 5, 10, 20 ,50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 5000, 10000.

  • Departure :

Export permit is required for some jewelries and artifacts.Prior applications required. Antiques are not allowed for export.

  • Abuse : 

Trafficking drugs is a capital offence.

  • Electricity: 

220 volts AC, 50Hz. 110 volts is also available in some hotels.

  • Language :

Myanmar is the official language. English is widely spoken and understood. Adult literacy rate: 90%+ .

  • Fees :

There are official entrance fees (zone fees) to some destinations.

  • Public Shopping : 

Bargaining is acceptable in most places, unless it is declared fixed price. Jewelries and handicrafts are most popular souvenirs for visitors to Myanmar.

  • Souvenirs : 

Generally it is a great bargain for tourists to buy precious jewelries, sculptures, lacquerware, handicrafts, tapestries. Make sure your expensive souvenirs come along with an export permit.Big  jewelry shops usually do.

  • Transportation :

Taxis are available everywhere. For exclusive transport, contact car rental services.

  • Express Bus Terminals :  

No border-crossing bus lines at the moment. Domestic highway bus terminals are Aung – Yadanar and  Sawbwargyi-Gon ,both about 10 miles from downtown Yangon.

  • Travellers’ cheques:  

Not widely accepted as it takes weeks to clear them.

  • Weight & Measure :

Common local unit of weight is peiktha (viss), which equals to 3.6 pounds. Most common unit of  measure is feet and inches.

  • Public Holidays : 

Some holidays are different every year, so please check the holidays before you come to Myanmar.

  • Clothing :

Light, casual cotton wear, sandals or slippers are best for summer. A cardigan or light jerkin for winter and quick drying clothes and an umbrella during the rainy season.

  • Accessories : 

Insect repellent, sun block, sunglasses, hat, umbrella will be useful.

  • Medicines : 

Medication for diarrhea and cold are suggested to bring with you.

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