Also known as Burma, Myanmar continues to open up to the entire world as an exciting travel destination. The country is undergoing a transition following the 2015 elections that marked a historical era in this country. If you intend to plan your trip to Burma, here is a comprehensive guide.
Get your travel documents ready
Myanmar’s Ministry of Immigration and Population has made it easy for citizens of over 100 countries to apply for a tourist eVisa online via their official website. Keep in mind that it is only possible to enter the country on an eVisa at Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, and Yangon international airport.
Also, you can enter Myanmar through the three designated Thai-Myanmar land border crossing points such as Myawadi, Kawthoung, and Tachileik. Be sure to check the country’s official immigration website to get the latest details about visa and other entry requirements.
Make all necessary accommodation bookings early enough
Since 2012, there has been a massive increase in visitors after some sanctions were lifted. This has stretched the country’s tourism infrastructure, and in most cases, there’s a shortage in hotel rooms in major travel destinations such as Bagan and Yangon. For instance, accommodation in Yangon fills about a month prior to visitor arrivals.
Though you can choose to pay for accommodation on arrival, this will force you to pay more than you would have if you were to pay off you made the booking early enough. Remember, most hotels can be booked online, and that makes it easier for you to reserve a room long before you travel.
Save enough cash to finance your trip
Myanmar isn’t a cheap travel destination. So, be sure to save enough money and adjust your budget accordingly. Accommodation prices have increased drastically, and other costs of essential goods and services seem to be increasing too.
Over the last couple of years, ATMs that handle international cards have been appearing across the country. That means you don’t have to carry a huge load of cash around. Whenever you need cash, you can head to an ATM and cash the specific amount you need.
It is recommended to fly, especially when you intend to travel from Yangon to Mandalay. Remember, it takes a bus about nine hours or more. Note that buses tend to be faster than trains and sometimes you might want to use boats. Depending on where you want to go, you can always find a great travel option.
You will never get short on options about what places to visit and what to do while in Myanmar. The specific things to see and do in Myanmar majorly depend on your desired ration of culture and sense of adventure. This nation is filled with nearly everything from multi-day hikes to urban exploration, river journeys, cycling tours, and more.
If you have been planning your vacation in Myanmar, get prepared for the exciting trip you’re likely to encounter. Remember to save enough cash to finance your holiday, make the necessary bookings early enough, and enjoy your trip.
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