Since 2012 when Myanmar officially opened its door to the world; the country welcomes millions of visitors every year. There are certain reasons that Myanmar is very attractive: sealed, beautiful culture, incredible temples and pagoda, hidden island paradises and extremely friendly people.
To help you plan better your holiday to Myanmar, Zaw, a travel expert from Authentic Asia Tours offers his insider travel tips :
Obtain Visa before you go
All the European and America travelers are requested to get a solid visa before landing in any international airports in Myanmar or crossing the border. While the government made so much effort to offer Myanmar Visa On Arrival and it is applicable for air travel for Yangon, Mandalay and Nay PyiDaw airport.
For those who travel by ocean cruise or crossing border from Thailand to Myanmar, the only way to get visa is to apply through a Myanmar Embassy oversea.
Tourist visa is valid for 28 days and if you stay longer than that, please keep in mind that visa is not extendable, what you can do is to pay for over stay fee $3/ day.
Best time to go
Myanmar is a tropical country. It is hot and rainy during the monsoon or summer time from May to late Sept. The best time to go is from Oct to April.
However, Myanmar is a diverse country where high mountainous area has different weather zone, specially the Himalaya range in Putao.
What to do
For culture enthusiasts, Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Golden Rock are famous sites where you can delve into the ancient culture that once created the Burma Kingdom. Regional lifestyles vary incredibly from Irrawaddy Delta to northern city of Lashio.
The signature tour to unearth the highlighted signature of British era in Kalaw, Maymyo hill station is always delightful.
Family vacationer have plenty of chances to enjoy fun-packed activities such as rowing in Inle Lake, traversing the elephant camp or cycle along the sandy beach of NgweSaung.
Travelers who seek for a chance to immerse in the ultimate luxury journeys will love to cruise along Irrawaddy River, relaxing at a lakeside resort of Inle or fly over the temples of Bagan on a haunting Balloon Ride.
Active adventurers on the other hand find endless opportunities to trek to the unknown area in Kengtung or Hsipaw. Another trip offered by Yangon Tour that may feature a life time experience is the ocean expedition to Mergui Archipelago.
An itinerary from 8 to 10 days will be good to discover the must-sees of Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake and Yangon, known as the big four. Make sure to add at least 3 days more if you wish to spend time by Ngapali Beach.
Trips to the far north including Rakhine, Chin states should be arranged in advance and double check for the flights since they changes very often from one season to another.
These days, Myanmar Tour Operator offers tailor made holidays which options of all kind ranging from superior to extravagant trips and you can easily customize your need and itinerary.