Myanmar

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Anyone who decides to travel around Myanmar ends up in a fascinating country. Former Burma, the name of the country until 1989, has a turbulent past and is largely dominated by Buddhism and an impressive and varied landscape. Because the country has been closed off for years to the outside world, there is hardly any Western influence. During your trip through Myanmar you will, more than anywhere else, end up in traditional Asia. Discover the many cultural highlights of the country and get to know the unparalleled nature of the Asian country!

You will experience that Buddhism plays a major role in former Burma in many places if you decide to travel around Myanmar. One of the most impressive places is definitely Bagan, an area of ​​dozens of square kilometers where you can see thousands of temples, pagodas, and palaces. The Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon will also give you goosebumps: here thousands of pilgrims constantly apply gold leaf to the pagoda. The Golden Rock Pagoda, which due to its location seems to be able to fall into the ravine at any time, is also a beautiful sight.

Although you will not get below the countless monks, temples, and other Buddhist elements during your trip through Myanmar, the country has so much more to offer than just Buddhism. This way you have the opportunity to go on wonderful hikes through hilly, fairy-tale landscapes, passing colorful villages, and being welcomed with open arms by the heart-warming population. A boat trip on Lake Inle is a fantastic experience, while the Ayeyarwady, the country's main river, is surrounded by picturesque countryside and charming fishing villages. Finally, remember that about half of the country consists of forests, so those who decide to travel through Myanmar will not only come face to face with impressive culture but also with beautiful nature.

Myanmar the country of friendly people and beautiful architecture and ancient history

Essence of Myanmar

5 Days / 4 nights

This tour is perfect for a short visit to Myanmar, though we believe that a few days won't do Myanmar justice. You will visit two of the highlights of Myanmar, which are Bagan and Mandalay. This tour is packed with cultural, historical, and natural highlights.

Magical Myanmar

9 Days / 8 nights

This tour will take you to the highlights of Myanmar, where you will take a deep dive into the culture, history, and country in general. You will travel to lesser discovered tourist areas and enjoy everything Myanmar has to offer in 9 days. You can also add an additional beach extension at the end of the trip.

Practical information

Itineraries While we intend to adhere to the route described in your contract, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The contract is a general guide to the tour, region and proposed itinerary any mention of specific wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be encountered, as we can never guarantee what mother nature has to offer us. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Accommodation If a hotel is unexpectedly fully booked, we will always contact you before booking an alternative. We will always offer alternatives to the same level and value for money. Kindly note that water scares in many parts of the world, so we always recommend taking short showers and reuse towels if possible.

Emergency Contact Should you need to contact Your Travel Nation during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call our local partner. If you do not receive an immediate answer for any reason, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, we have an emergency line, which will connect you directly with our office. +1 757 656 3391

Luggage You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be restricted to one medium-sized rolling bag, duffle bag or backpack, maximum 15kg, plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited. 

Packing list
Documents:

• Flight info (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the immigration)
• Insurance info (With photocopies)
• Passport  (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates  (With photocopies)
• Copy of your contract

Essentials:
• Any medication you might need: This should include medication for possible common situations like headaches or diarrhoea;
• Sunblock, sunglasses, hat and lip balm.
• Your electronic devices and chargers.
For camera and lenses; we recommend bringing a wide lens (about 17-55mm) for those scenery pictures and a GoPro for those action shots. Renting a camera is not possible. Please ensure your camera equipment is appropriate for different weather conditions;
• Clothes: Comfortable and casual clothing, with khaki, beige or green colours. You should pack T-shirts, shirts with long sleeves, jeans, a sweater and a jacket (for the cold mornings), swimwear (if the accommodation you selected has a pool or if you do a beach extension) and comfortable hiking shoes;
• Insect repellent;
• Refill water bottle;
• Adaptor for A, C, D, G and I type plugs.

Laundry Hand washing of clothes can be done at most of the hotels where you will stay. We recommend you bring a non-polluting/biodegradable soap, as well as a roll of simple string to act as a drying line for your clothes. If you arrive in the late afternoon, or if there is poor weather, it may not be possible for your clothes to completely dry. Your hotels may also have a laundry service available at an additional fee.

Visa requirements To enter Myanmar, you must have a valid passport with at least six months remaining validity and a valid visa. You should apply for your visa at a Burmese embassy or consulate abroad before you arrive in Myanmar. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Myanmar.

Insurance Travel insurance is highly recommended when travelling. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that we highly recommend good medical coverage and repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. We don’t issue any insurances; however, we recommend using www.worldnomads.com

Health We recommend you contact your family physician, or your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date health information at least three months before departure or in case of a last-minute tour, as soon as you confirm your travels. Travellers are also advised to carry a basic first-aid kit and hand sanitisers/antibacterial wipes on their travels. Medical facilities are basic throughout these countries. For your own safety, we strongly recommend that you advise your local guide of any medical condition that may affect you while travelling. Your local guide will be able to inform you of local health advisories (e.g. drinking water quality). Please ensure you have all the inoculations recommended by your doctor.

Allergies and dietary restrictions This is something we take very seriously. Upon booking with us, we will send you a form in which you will be able to indicate any dietary preference or restriction or any specific request you might have. We will then provide that information in advance to all the hotels.

Safety and Security Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, bank cards, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of your group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our local guides have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Photography and drone laws Please refrain from taking photos of police stations, airports, bus stations, immigration or border crossings, army barracks and personnel, or any government building. It is against the law and will result in the minimum of your film and camera being confiscated. Drone use is allowed in Myanmar but several drone laws need to be followed when flying in the country.

Electricity Plug type A has two flat parallel pins. Plug type C has two round pins. Plug type D has three round pins in a triangular pattern. Plug type G has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Plug type I has three flat pins in a triangular pattern. Myanmar operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. 

Religion Theravada Buddhism is the largest religion in Myanmar.

Climate Most of Myanmar has a tropical monsoon climate with three seasons: Cool – November to February is warm to hot during the day and the air is relatively dry. Hot – March to May is intensely hot in most of the country. In the cool and hot seasons, you are unlikely to experience any rain.

Best time to visit From October onwards the rains subside; the best time to visit most of Myanmar is from November to February when temperatures are relatively manageable. From March to May, the country becomes very hot, particularly the dry zone of the central plains where Bagan and Mandalay often see temperatures over 40°C

Plastic bags Plastic bags are banned from entering Myanmar. However, plastics carrier items known as “Ziplock bags” that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in the permanent possession of visitors and are not expected to be disposed of in the country.

Money and currency Burmese kyat is the official currency of Myanmar. Banks and licensed money changers are the best options if you want the best exchange rates. Hotels and airports are also an option. Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. We always recommend carrying enough cash if you would like to pay for something in a remote place and the credit card machine cannot connect to any network.

Dress code Keeping in mind Myanmar is a conservative country, you will find that people in the capital city and other major towns are used to foreigners, and are therefore likely to be more tolerant and more liberal. However, away from the tourist areas, the population is more traditional and rigid so please be sure to cover your shoulders, stomach, hips and bare legs. It is hot and humid so we suggest that lightweight clothes in natural fibres (linen, silk or cotton) will be most comfortable. Light is a good choice to wear against your skin as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature. It wicks away moisture when it's hot, and doesn't retain odours – even after prolonged wear. Rain is frequent, so lightweight clothes will also dry more quickly-shirts and shorts are perfectly acceptable, but avoid skimpy or revealing clothes or you will get unwanted attention.

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Not only do we care about our guests and their experience, the world itself is one of our main concerns.

Customised itineraries

Everyone is different and therefore no request is too crazy. Customise your trip down to the finest detail.

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