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Myanmar (Burma)

After years of being closed to foreigners, Myanmar (or Burma as it's often still called) is a world away from the neighbouring tourist favourites of South East Asia. With a complicated social history, and still some problems to fix, the crowds have yet to reach this fascinating country sandwiched amidst India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Venture away from the backpacker trail, to find breathtaking temples, spiritual Buddhist monuments, traditional village communities and stunning rural countryside.

Myanmar Fast Facts


Languages Spoken

The official language of Myanmar is Burmese.



Name: Burmese Kyat
Code: MMK
Symbol: K


Time Zones

Myanmar Standard Time (UTC +06:30)

Top Places in Myanmar

After reopening to international tourists in 2012, Myanmar has seen a massive increase in visitors. Accommodation in the main cities can get booked up months in advance. Hotspots like Yangon and Bagan can get particularly busy during high season, so make sure you plan ahead. There are still some areas of the country that are closed to foreigners due to ongoing political unrest, so please check the latest government advice prior to travel.



Inle Lake





Myanmar Travel Costs



A bottle of local beer such as Myanmar Beer or Mandalay Beer will usually cost under $6. Beer is widely drunk by the Burmese even though alcohol consumption is still frowned upon by conservative Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims.



Food in Myanmar is not expensive. You can expect to pay between $1 and $3 for lunch or dinner at a basic local restaurant. Western food will cost more.

tuk tuk

Taxi Ride

It is common practice to negotiate for taxi prices in Myanmar. Short taxi journeys in the cities will usually cost between K1,500-K2,000 (a few dollars). You can also get a trishaw (cycle rickshaw) for a little less.



The most common way to get around Myanmar is by bus or plane. Bus costs will vary depending on the length of your journey but will usually be under $30. Long-distance boat travel on the Irrawaddy River will cost between ‎$20 and ‎$50.



Budget accommodation in a guesthouse will usually cost between ‎$10 and $25. If you pay a bit more in the cities, you can get something a bit bigger with air con and private bathrooms.



Hotels in Myanmar's cities can be expensive, mainly due to the high demand. Yangon hotels are the most expensive, sometime reaching up to ‎$400 per night for the ultimate luxury.


Myanmar Highlights






Bagan Temples

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Yangon Circular Train

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Shwedagon Paya

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Inle Lake by boat

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Myanmar Tours

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Myanmar on a Shoestring
Using Thailand as your start and finish point, this two week tour lets you explore the surreal wonders of Myanmar. Visit the Bagan temples and ruins, hike through rices paddies and encounter rural hilltribes. Flights to Myanmar from Thailand are included, so you can make the most of your trip.
14 days from $2,149
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Overland Tour: Bishkek to Yangon
Sometimes it's about the journey, not just the destination. With this truck-based overland tour you will travel from the city of Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan all the way through the remote parts of China and into Myanmar. See places in Myanmar that most people will miss, travelling with one of the pioneering tour companies in Asia.
68 days from $10,630 + kitty
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Starting in Ho Chi Minh and finishing in Bangkok, this 33 day adventure will have you traveling across the top of South East Asia, covering Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. On the trip, you'll explore the best bits of Myanmar, including Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake and Yangon.
11 days from $4,399
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Getting around Myanmar

Transport in Myanmar can be lengthy and uncomfortable when you sort it out yourself. Some parts of the country are still off limits to tourists, but the main tourist spots and big cities are easily accessible. The easiest (and most fun) way to get around Myanmar is with a flexible bus pass or small adventure tour. Or to make your own itinerary, contact our Tailor Made Asia team to create a bespoke trip.
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Stray Myanmar Bus Pass
Travel at your own pace with your Stray hop-on-hop-off bus pass. Visit Yangon, Bagan, Kalaw, Inle and Mandalay and enjoy the best of Myanmar.
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Adventure Tours in Myanmar
Take the stress out of travelling and join a small group adventure to Myanmar. See the country's best bits and get off the beaten track too as you share you experiences with like-minded travellers.
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Tailor Made Myanmar
Fancy something really special? Want a trip with a difference? Speak to our Tailor Made Asia team and have them put together your dream trip to Myanmar.
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