When Choosing a Trip

A: Certainly, all visitors visiting Myanmar need to prepare a valid entry visa in advance. And your passport must have at least 6 month’s validity before expiry. You need to contact the Myanmar Embassy in your country to arrange visa. You also can contact us if you want to be supplied with necessary information and Embassy contact details.

A: Many choices for you such as: Thai Airways (TG), Myanmar Air International (MAI), Malaysia Airlines (MH), Vietjet Air, Vietnam Airlines and Singapore Airlines (Silk Air) (SQ/MI). Clients fly into Yangon from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.

A: October to April is the best time of years to visit Myanmar because that is the period after the end of the monsoon.

A: Yes! The earlier you book, the better services you can receive such as available hotel rooms, the best guide, good vehicles, and so on. Many tours are booked nearly one year ahead.

A: Yes, it’s more favorable for you to exchange your US Dollars into local currency (Kyatt – pronounced CHUT) and use it in purchasing meals, and drinks and for your discretionary spending. Please note that US Dollars and Euros are the only foreign currency that may be exchanged or used in Myanmar and should be clean, new notes, unfolded, and not crinkled up.

A: In general, credit cards are accepted in Myanmar although some major hotels will accept them in return for a hefty surcharge. This is also the reason why Myanmar Private Holidays pay all your major travel costs before you arrive. However, don’t forget to bring further cash (US$) to pay for your meals and drinks and in case of spending extra money.

A: There are ATM machines available in almost places where you will visit (Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle, etc.). For these ATMs, you can withdraw with Myanmar Kyats only by Visas or MasterCard. Otherwise, you can use a currency exchange service at the airport, or your hotel or do a transaction at the banks. However, the US Dollar can use at the big shops but it is advisable to carry some Myanmar Kyat for small purchases. Credit cards are not very widely accepted in most shops and restaurants.

A: All tour itinerary clearly mentions all the inclusion. No hidden costs!

A: Yes, our tour guide is equipped with useful knowledge and authentic experiences. We supply not only English-speaking guides but also many other-language-speaking ones such as French, German and Italian.

A: Yes, but to be honest, we will recommend that a journey without a travel agent will not be really complete because you easily miss many attractions. With a professional guide from an experienced first-class company like Myanmar Private Holidays, all aspects of your tour run efficiently and without difficulty.

A: Thanks to the development of technology, internet access in Myanmar is now much better than before. Free Wi-Fi is available in almost hotels but some of which still require a small fee. You had better ask the receptionist for this convenience in advance.

A: Your mobile phone will NOT work in Myanmar as Myanmar currently has no roaming agreement with any country. Some roaming services are becoming available, including Thailand (AIS), Singapore (M1) (SINGTEL) (STARHUB), and Vietnam (Viettel). Alternatively, a phone rental system is available from the Yangon International Airport. No more deposit payments and phone credit are an additional cost with cards available for 5000 - 10,000 Kyat (must be paid in cash). These top-up cards are available for purchase throughout the country.

A: You can contact me anywhere in the world from most hotel rooms. Please note that the primary method of international communication in Myanmar is the satellite telephone which requires exorbitant cost. You even may be charged up an amount of money per minute commencing the time your dialed number starts ringing. There is no problem with sending and receiving faxes.

A: Meals will be served with a variety of cuisines provided by local restaurants and hotels. Rice is the major food in Myanmar which is combined with a couple of main/side dishes. If Myanmar food is not suitable for your appetite, don’t worry! Western food is available in all the tourist cities. Buffet and continental breakfasts are included and provided at International and small hotels respectively.

A: Actually, this is not necessary because most of the tourist attractions are located in non-Malaria zones. However, many people prefer to be “better to be safe than sorry” and if you belong to this group, please go ahead and take the medication. They are also indispensable if you travel to remote areas such as the Northern Mountains the Southern Archipelago or jungle areas.

A: Yes, all standard medications are fine except the restricted narcotic drugs. If you are unsure and have any wonder about his problem, please ask us for specific clarification prior to your departure.

A: Yes, Myanmar is celebrated as one of the safest countries in Southeast Asia for visitors. However, we recommend that you still should be careful with your property.

Before You Depart

On Your Trip

A: In most places you’ll be able to recharge your appliances at the hotel. We recommend you bring a travel adapter with you. Most vehicles come with their own power supply and you should be able to recharge onboard. Be sure to bring an extra camera battery just in case.

A: Tipping isn't mandatory or customary in Vietnam, but it is always appreciated. If you’re happy with the services provided by tour guides, drivers,  waiters, and other service workers, leaving a small tip is a good way to show your appreciation. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance to the people who take care of you during your travels. Tipping also encourages excellent service in the future and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across our destinations. The amount is entirely a personal preference, US$5-US$7/person/day is a commonly used guideline for private tour guide. However, with the group about 5 – 8 people or more, you should tip US$3-US$5/person/day. Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Other Common Questions

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