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Introducing Myanmar

The story of Myanmar's tourism industry is sadly a story of what might have been. Due to years of military rule and sanctions from the outside world, Myanmar has not developed in anything close to the same fashion as other major Southeast Asian tourist destinations. On the positive side, this means that traveling Myanmar feels like what it must have felt like to visit Thailand 40 years ago. 

For a brief period in time, it looked like Myanmar might become the tourist destination of the future. Sadly, since 2017 the country has drawn headlines for the Rohingya genocide, a tragic human rights violation that has sparked criticism of the government from human rights organizations around the world.

While the country of Myanmar (aka Burma) is understandably enticing to many travelers, many more are still choosing to skip it out of ethical concerns. Do your research on the latest situation and make a considered choice about whether and how you can travel Myanmar ethically. 


Language: English is rarely spoken in Myanmar unless it's at a tourist spot, which it is suggested to bring a Burmese phrasebook for easier communication with the local folks. 

Currency: Myanmar Kyat ($1 = ~1403.19 kyat).

Credit Cards & ATMs: Major accommodations and establishments in the cities may accept credit and debit cards. However, cash is still the main mode of payment throughout the country. As ATMs are widely available in all major towns and smaller areas that are frequented by tourists, this shouldn't pose a problem.

Plugs: Type A, C, D, G or I, 230V / 50Hz. Bring this universal adapter

Safety: Many travelers visit Myanmar each year safely. But is a good idea to check the latest US State Department travel advisories for your destination, as well as to make an informed decision about the ethical implications of tourism in Myanmar. 

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  • Yangon
  • Mandalay
  • Bagan

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November to February is the best time visit Myanmar due to its comfortable weather. If you're not bothered too much by the heat, then you can also opt to visit during the warmer months. Try to avoid visiting between June to September though as these months fall under Myanmar's rainy season.

Myanmar Trivia and Facts

  • Up until 1989, Myanmar was known as Burma.
  • It is common to see women in Myanmar wearing a yellow paste from the bark of the Thanakha tree on their faces. This is a form of cosmetic and also acts as a sunscreen.
  • The fishermen on Inle Lake are famous for using the unusual technique of fishing on one leg. This lets them fish and row at the same time.


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What to Pack for Myanmar


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Driving in Myanmar

Myanmar drives on the right-hand side of the road. Do note however that the cars are a mix of both left-hand and right-hand drive. That is why it's better to hire a driver instead. But if you're determined to drive through Myanmar's roads and rent a car yourself, we suggest using Discover Car Hire to compare the best rental agencies.

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